Dark web hackers have massively increased their exploitation campaigns targeting Zero-day bugs vulnerabilities. Cyber Researchers have warned that hacking groups have boosted their hacking campaigns tenfold, and are getting even much faster at infiltrating unpatched loopholes found in numerous websites and electronic devices.
The cyber research team revealed that hacking groups are now emboldened with quicker knowledge where unpatched vulnerabilities are concerned. With important information available much faster to them; it gives them the potential to launch their stealth hacking campaigns before an actual patch can be developed by companies to fix the reported problems.
Thus, the issue of Zero-days bug vulnerabilities potentially leaves consumers at risk of being exploited by malware launched by criminal hacking groups.
Fast Stealth Hacking Campaigns
According to Rapid7 cyber security analysts, dark web hackers are exploiting security flaws at a very rapid rate. The hacking attacks are faster, more frequent, and usually occur within a week of becoming publicly announced.
Rapid7’s annual Vulnerability Intelligence Report, published March 28, indicates that the average time that dark web hackers gain knowledge in their exploitation of vulnerabilities is down to 12 days, which has seen a significant decrease that usually spans 42 days, as observed in the 2021 released edition of the same cyber security research.
According to the new trend, Rapid7 theorized that organizations must quickly prepare battle-tested emergency patching to bolster their incident response protocols so that they can quickly plug Zero-bug vulnerabilities. These must be top priority security measures in order to stay ahead of the increasingly complex cyber security hacking threats posed by dark web hackers.
Increasing Zero-days Hacks
50 Zero-bugs vulnerabilities were examined in a report by the cyber researchers, who stated that in 2021, they have tracked hacking threats to several organizations that reported loopholes found in their software and technology devices.
The analysts found that 43 out of the 50 recorded vulnerabilities had the potential to be widely exploited by dark web hackers.
With the majority of Zero-day vulnerabilities, most enterprise products documented widespread exploitations were done through multiple APTs. Additionally, other opportunistic and sophisticated hacking campaigns were launched by ransomware groups, and hackers involved in coin mining malware.
The Zero-day vulnerabilities hacking campaigns were revealed to be quickly utilized by some of the well-known ransomware dark web hacking groups, meanwhile, the majority were used for other security breaches at a later time. However, the Microsoft Exchange Server became the victim of a rapid ransomware hacking assault after reporting its ProxyLogon Zero-day vulnerabilities.
Above all, the research analysts shared that while companies in the security sector share expertise and knowledge with their cyber security counterparts, so do the hacking communities that are hidden in the confines of the dark web.