Wannabe hackers buying DIY hacking kits off the "dark web" using cryptocurrencies are fast becoming one of the biggest threats to businesses, the cyber chief or European law agency Europol warned Wednesday.
The so-called "dark web" is a heavily encrypted part of the internet that makes it difficult for authorities to detect the location or owners of a website. It is notorious for hosting marketplaces selling illegal items such as drugs.
"There is an industry growing from criminal entrepreneurs to deliver to those that are interested in crime," Wil van Gemert, the acting head of EC3, Europol's cyber division, told CNBC by phone on Wednesday.
"Those who are not professionals are now level."
Gemert said amateurs are using cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to buy kits online that help them easily deploy malware to infect devices. The result is the ability for inexperienced hackers to have the same capabilities as the pros.
"That is the danger, even those who are not professional are able to carry out an attack on bigger infrastructure by using the facilities they are buying online," van Gemert said.