AlphaBay and Hansa Brought Down by Basic Mistakes, Indictment Reveals

On Thursday morning, the Department of Justice, Europol, and Dutch authorities announced a coordinated law enforcement takedown of AlphaBay and Hansa Market, two of the three largest dark web marketplaces used to buy and sell illicit goods and services. AlphaBay has been offline since July 5, the same day that founder Alexander Cazes was arrested… Read More

Weekly Cyber Risk Roundup: Big Telecom Leaks and AlphaBay Goes Offline

Massive database leaks were once again among the week’s top trending cybercrime targets, including incidents involving U.S. Verizon customers, France’s Orange S.A, and India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm. The Verizon leak was caused by a third-party engineer at NICE Systems and affected as many as 14 million U.S. customers. The engineer appears to have created a… Read More

New Cryptocurrencies Gain Traction, Spark Concern For Law Enforcement

Last month a new ransomware emerged known as “Kirk Ransomware.” The malware was interesting not just because of the Star Trek-themed imagery of James Kirk and Spock that it used, but also because it may be the first ransomware to demand payment via the cryptocurrency Monero. There are literally hundreds of different types of existing… Read More

AlphaBay to Begin Accepting Ethereum as the Bitcoin Alternative Grows More Popular

Beginning next month, malicious actors using the dark web marketplace AlphaBay will be able to buy and sell their goods using the growing cryptocurrency platform Ethereum. Ethereum will become the third payment option available on the market, joining the longstanding cryptocurrency king bitcoin as well as the privacy-focused Monero, which was adopted by AlphaBay last… Read More

IRS and Cybercriminals Battle Over Billion Dollar Tax Fraud Industry

While new initiatives by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are making it harder for cybercriminals to successfully file fraudulent tax returns, those measures have not slowed down the theft of employee W-2 information this year. The SurfWatch Labs analyst team has observed groups of malicious actors sharing concerns about government efforts to combat fraud, as… Read More

IcyEagle: A Look at the Arrest of an Alleged Dark Web Vendor

Last month Aaron James Glende, 35, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on charges related to selling stolen bank account information on the Dark Web market AlphaBay. According to the indictment, Glende operated under the alias “IcyEagle” and began advertising his criminal services in late 2015. Although the exact picture of how law… Read More

Top Dark Web Markets: AlphaBay and Stolen Credentials

Dark web markets are constantly changing. The last major shakeup to occur was the disappearance of the Nucleus Market, which has been offline for nearly a month and a half. Since then, the site’s users have flocked to other markets in search of an alternative. Many of those users have transitioned to AlphaBay, the current king of… Read More

Dark Web Insights: Misconceptions About the Dark Web

The Dark Web is often misunderstood. For the unfamiliar, it is often viewed as either a mysterious place full of technological gurus communicating via primitive interfaces or else something akin to the Wild West — a no-holds-barred free-for-all of dangerous and illicit activity.  However, neither is the case. The most popular marketplaces, where everything from stolen identities and… Read More