Besides the overwhelming amount of perfectly legal content on the dark web, its unsavory side tends to be known for drugs, credit card fraud, and other illicit classifieds. But what about hacking?

A quick perusal through any popular market or forum will reveal that there is a market for hacking, or “hacking-as-a-service,” on the dark web. Vendors offer distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, social engineering, doxing, and more.

But evaluating the legitimacy of the listings in the hacking-as-a-service market is difficult; most posts seem over-zealous (“I can hack anything”) and usually lack the genuine reviews that guide customers in other markets