Digital Shadows released new research into the movement of cybercriminal marketplaces with a feature on Genesis market. According to the Digital Shadows Photon Research Team, Genesis is a high-profile and trusted repository of digital fingerprints that has grown in popularity since it was launched in beta in 2017. In 2020, Genesis commanded 65% of mentions across criminal forums for fingerprinting services. While other markets have come and gone, Genesis continues to endure and has grown year-on-year. In the last two months alone, more than 5,000 new listings have been added to Genesis, bringing the total number of listings to more than 350,000.
Billions of searches take place on the surface web every day. Synonymous with Google, this part of the web is indexed by search engines. Try searching your name and you’ll likely be met with thousands if not millions of results, a few of which are familiar to you – your social media profiles, bio on your employer’s website, mentions in the news. The surface, or “clear” web, is only the tip of the iceberg, as vast as it may seem. In fact, it makes up only 4% of the entire World Wide Web. A much larger chunk of the web, the deep web, lies beneath the surface and is not indexed by search engines – but it is still just as important for security professionals to monitor.
2021 has proven to be busy for law enforcement operations already, taking down numerous high-profile dark web marketplaces and forums including Dark Market (500k users, 2.4k sellers, transactions ~ €140 million), Emotet, Netwalker, and Egregor, with some even producing arrests of site operators. Digital Shadows’ new report, “Cybercriminal law enforcement crackdowns in 2021,” highlights the impact that these takedowns have had to date.
Digital Shadows highlighted the growing role of Initial Access Brokers within the criminal ecosystem within its Initial Access Brokers Report. Rather than infiltrating an organization deeply, this type of threat actor operates as a ‘middleman’ by breaching as many companies as possible and goes on to sell access to the highest bidder – often to ransomware groups.
Digital Shadows released research on the most popular items for sale on the dark web this holiday season – this one is shaping up to be different than any before with many consumers turning to online shopping instead of brick and mortar.
Digital Shadows released its quarterly research report focusing on the latest trends in ransomware. Unfortunately, for vulnerable organizations everywhere, Digital Shadows Photon Research team found that ransomware as a market and community on the dark web has expanded since Q2.
Recently, broader social dynamics, related to gender and nationality, in particular, are shaping the activity of cybercriminal forums. Digital Shadows explored this trend in a new analysis blog, "Unpicking Cybercriminals’ Personalities - Part 1: Gender and Nationality," that looks at how the dynamics of gender and nationality play out in cybercriminal forums and how it’s shaping cybercrime trends as a result.
Digital Shadows has analyzed the cybercriminal marketplace landscape following the Empire Market exit scam. The company’s research has identified a number of currently available dark web marketplaces popular within the cybercriminal community. Noting the impact of the closure of Empire Market, some marketplaces, such as Icarus Market, have seen a major spike in listings, from 25,000 to 35,000 in the last month.