Illicit code signing certificates worth more than passports on the dark web

Code signing certificates are used to verify the authenticity and integrity of software and are a vital element of internet and enterprise security. By taking advantage of compromised code signing certificates, cybercriminals can install malware on enterprise networks and consumer devices. A study for machine identity protection company Venafi by the Cyber Security Research Institute shows that digital code signing certificates are changing hands on the dark web for up to $ 1,200, making them worth more than credit cards, counterfeit US passports and even handguns. “We’ve known for a number of years that cyber criminals actively seek code signing certificates… [Continue Reading]