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Forums are Forever – Part 1: Cybercrime Never Dies
December 4, 2019

  If one could predict the future back in the late 1990s when the first cybercriminal web forums emerged, few …

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Cryptonite: Ransomware’s answer to Superman…

January 14, 2020

  Update: It appears that the Cryptonite website is no longer active, such is the rapidly changing nature of cybercrime. …

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The Closure of Market.ms: A Cybercriminal Marketplace Ahead of Its Time

December 18, 2019

In the world of “what could have been,” the cybercriminal marketplace market[.]ms would be a leader in the cybercriminal underground. …

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2020 Cybersecurity Forecasts: 5 trends and predictions for the new year

December 18, 2019

  If all the holiday fuss isn’t reminder enough, 2020 is almost upon us. 2019 was an unusual year in …

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Forums are Forever – Part 3: From Runet with Love

December 17, 2019

  The rise of alternative technologies hasn’t spelled the end of forums, which seem to be prospering against all odds. …

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Forums are Forever – Part 2: Shaken, but not Stirred

December 10, 2019

  Cybercriminal forums continue to thrive despite law-enforcement takedowns and the emergence of more efficient and secure alternatives. Digital Shadows …

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Probiv: The missing pieces to a cybercriminal’s puzzle

November 26, 2019

A husband wants to find out who owns the unknown number that’s been ringing his wife’s cell phone late at …

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Black Friday Deals on the Dark Web: A cybercriminal shopper’s paradise

November 21, 2019

  Black Friday. You love it, you hate it, you love to hate it. Whether you’re already getting your finances …

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DarkMarket’s Feminist Flight Towards Equality and the Curious Case of Canaries

November 19, 2019

  In late August, Dark Fail (a Tor onion link repository service) added several onion domains for two new dark …

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VoIP security concerns: Here to stay, here to exploit

November 14, 2019

  VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is the protocol via which voice communication and multimedia session are delivered via …

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Understanding the Different Cybercriminal Platforms: AVCs, Marketplaces, and Forums

October 31, 2019

  With the recent breach that targeted BriansClub, automated vending carts (better known as AVCs), have received significant media attention …

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Cybercriminal credit card stores: Is Brian out of the club?

October 31, 2019

  If you’re an avid follower of Digital Shadows’ blogs, or just have a general interest in the cybercriminal landscape, …

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Honeypots: Tracking Attacks Against Misconfigured or Exposed Services

October 17, 2019

Honeypots can be useful tools for gathering information on current attack techniques. Conversely, they can be an overwhelming source of …

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Typosquatting and the 2020 U.S. Presidential election: Cyberspace as the new political battleground

October 16, 2019

Typosquatting. It’s a phrase most of us know in the security realm and think we’ve got our hands and minds …

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Cybercriminal Forum Developments: Escrow Services

October 15, 2019

Financial transactions made on cybercriminal forums tend to look remarkably similar to transactions made on legitimate platforms. You have a …

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Dark Web Overdrive: The Criminal Marketplace Understood Through Cyberpunk Fiction

October 9, 2019

In 1984, science fiction writer William Gibson became the father of the Cyberpunk fiction genre with his novel, Neuromancer. Neuromancer …

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