Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Selling cards in the black market

Dark Web and Deep Web terms are usually used in a similar way, but the first one defines all those pages only available using specific Dark Web technologies (such as TOR) and the second term includes portals hosted in the public network, which because one reason or another (content blocked by admins, webs closed with a login system...) are not indexed by search engines.

They are two pieces of the same thing, and that should think the guys from Arizona's State University when defining the impact of black market at presence and products catalogue levels. Their whitepaper, published under the title Product Offerings in Malicious Hacker Makers, was part of a research conducted during six months on the 17 industry best known black market webs, in the Dark Web and the Deep Web too.


The data, categorized by sold products typology and by users are revealing.


The most sold (and purchased) product was the credit card, very closely followed by PayPal accounts. A must when realizing outside the law exchanges, or as the basis of an intermediation business on the crime industry.

In fact, the PGP credentials stealing and Netfilx accounts are even over the hacking and exploiting tools or the databases dumping, showing that the targeted customer is not only the hacker, but also ordinary citizens who want to find low prices access to paid services.

In total, there are 8000 different illegal products, laid down arbitrarily in these marketplaces, which tend to specialize too. A strategy inherited from the traditional business, which finds its place, and it could not be otherwise, in the cybercrime industry.

Besides this research about the selling of illegal products in dark and deep web marketplaces, in the last seven days we can highlight the quarterly results of the DDos attacks impact released by Kaspersky, and the ransomware proliferation whitepaper released by ProofPoint. 

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