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

Malicious Insiders Remain a Difficult and Growing Problem

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint against a contractor for the National Security Agency, alleging the theft of highly classified information. Like Edward Snowden in 2013, Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and is accused of exploiting his insider access in order… 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: TheRealDeal, Paranoia and Zero-Day Exploits

In trying to demystify the Dark Web, we’ve talked about the customer-friendly features of markets, the hand-holding nature of cybercrime-as-a-service, and the secure payment options that can protect anonymous buyers. As we turn our attention to the exploit-centric TheRealDeal Market, it gives us a chance to examine an aspect of the Dark Web that isn’t so rose-colored:… Read More

Top Dark Web Markets: HANSA, Piracy and Exit Scams

HANSA Market is the third most popular dark web market this year, according to data from SurfWatch Labs. It’s a new and growing market focused on the security of its users. Previously in this series we’ve talked about Alpha Bay and the problem of stolen credentials and Dream Market and the cybercrime-as-a-service model. As we turn… Read More

Healthcare Databases for Sale on Dark Web, but What Else is Being Sold?

The recent theft and potential sale of various healthcare databases has once again put the sector at the forefront of cybercrime — and makes many wonder how their information is affected by criminal activity on the dark web. While healthcare-related data is not nearly as prevalent on the dark web as other sectors like financial… Read More

Top 5 Items for Sale on the Dark Web, and What Businesses Can Learn From Them

In April 2016, the dark web market Nucleus went offline. Before its disappearance, Nucleus had become the number two most popular market on the dark web, hosting tens of thousands of listings for a variety of illicit goods and services. The debate continues around why Nucleus vanished; however, it was just one of the many different markets where… Read More

Top Dark Web Markets: With Dream Market You Can Be a Criminal Too!

Two weeks ago we talked about the disappearance of Nucleus Market and how many of its former users have moved to AlphaBay, the unquestioned leader in terms of current dark web activity. This week we turn our attention to Dream Market, the second most popular dark web market of 2016, according to SurfWatch Labs’ threat intelligence data. A Quick… 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

Nucleus Market Vanishes – Now What?

Over the past year, the number two Dark Web market in terms of activity was Nucleus. As of late 2015, this market had more than 25,000 vendor listings, but on April 13 of this year, Nucleus disappeared. While it’s not the first time Nucleus has been down and it’s not uncommon for Dark Web markets… Read More