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Cybercrime is a booming business, and the folks behind ransomware syndicates and online scam operations are competing for the best talent.

Developers, administrators, and designers are in high demand, with some ads boasting annual salaries as high as $1.2 million. According to a report by Kaspersky, there were over 200,000 job postings on 155 dark web forums and employers were calling for attack specialists, reverse engineers, testers, analysts, administrators, and designers. The job postings were oddly mundane and included tradtional things like “referral bonuses and paid time off, and drug-free requirements.”

Job postings included test assignments such as encrypting files, evading anti-virus detection, and being professional and available online.

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