The number of offers for network access and their median prices on the public face of hacker forums dropped in the final quarter of last year but the statistics fail to reflect the real size of the initial access market.
Data from threat intelligence firm Kela indicates that many of the deals actually closed behind closed doors, a trend shaped over the past months.
Deceptively small offer
According to the company, over 240 offers to sell initial network access occurred in public conversations on three underground forums. A quarter of these came with no price tag, a clear indication of transactions being done in private conversations.Vir: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/network-hackers-asked-for-over-1-million-in-initial-access-offers/