$6 hacked-server market returns

$6 hacked-server market returns
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A prominent marketplace for hacked servers is back online, after shutting down in June when it was outed by the software security firm Kaspersky Lab.

The marketplace, xDedic, allowed anyone to purchase access to servers for as little as $6. It had reportedly sold access to 70,000 servers when it disappeared last month, after a Kaspersky Labs report


New reports from the company Digital Shadows say the site has resurfaced on the dark web. 

The last xDedic marketplace was available on the open internet, but the new site is only visible with the Tor browser. It is said to be nearly identical to the original, but now requires a $50 registration fee. 

The site’s owners have advertised the new site on a variety of hacker forums. 

Buyers can take advantage of private data on a server or use it as offsite data storage. However, the biggest advantage of hijacked servers is to use in other attacks. 

Hackers often use networks of co-opted computers called botnets to crash websites by flooding them with overwhelming traffic or bulk email spam. Servers provide greater resources for these efforts than mere personal computers or internet of things devices.

Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseHillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime Overnight Energy: Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area | Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules to put industry reps on boards | New rule to limit ability to appeal pollution permits MORE (D-R.I.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamScarborough sounds alarm on political 'ethnic cleansing' after Trump rally The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants GOP rattled by Trump rally MORE (R-S.C.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have advocated for botnet thwarting powers for law enforcement, as have proponents for changes to “Rule 41,” the code covering search and seizure. But critics note that the mechanism used to take down botnets would expand access to law enforcement hacking efforts.