A newly published report into the new economy of the dark web from cybersecurity-as-a-service specialist Armor’s Threat Resistance Unit (TRU), contains much of what you might expect. The relatively cheap trade-in loan applications, business ‘fullz’ comprising a complete business attack dossier, and even SMS text bombing rental services. One discovery, however, stood out from the others as far as this somewhat jaded cyber-writer is concerned: a hacker university selling cybercrime courses to dark web degree students.

The people behind HackTown, the hacker university in question, describe it as somewhere designed to teach people how to become professional cybercriminals. The welcome page states that every course is geared towards “hacking for profit and committing fraud,” aiming at those with little or no coding experience. “By taking the courses offered,” the HackTown operators say, “you will gain the knowledge and skills

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Smartphones, laptops, internet-connected doorbells and cars all are parts of our digital lives, and all are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Learn how to protect yourself and your organization from cybercrime. The next NIU College of Business Wednesday Night Wisdom online speaker event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. All are welcome to register for free (go.niu.edu/wnw).

Our panelists are NIU College of Business alumni and experts in cybersecurity:



Joe Granneman, MBA 11, CEO and principal consultant of Illumination Cybersecurity Consulting, will kick off this Wednesday Night Wisdom panel discussion by showing how susceptible we are to cyberattacks and how we can prevent them.

Arvin Verma, OMIS 11, InfraGard Chicago IT sector chief, INMA IT sector SME and fellow at the Cybersecurity Forum Initiative, will describe social media’s role in manipulating our behavior for societal change and for access to our personal information. He will share ways we can

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