Internet security company Trend Micro has an ongoing ‘Deep Web/Cybercriminal Underground Economy Series’, which is listed at the company’s impressive Threat Intelligence Centre online, with the Deep Web section here.
Aside form the new ‘North American Underground: The Glass Tank’ report, which takes you to a description of the report (we’ll look at below) and a link to download a detailed 33-page PDF report, you’ll find a host of earlier reports looking at the Chinese cybercriminal underground, the Japanese underground, the Russian underground, Brazilian underground, Crimeware shopping lists, mobile undergrounds and more reports.
Trend Micro says that access to the North American underground is ‘relatively simple with availability through search engines on the mainstream, surface web. Transactions occurring involve several steps to keep both buyers’ and sellers’ anonymity through virtual currency and exchanges.’
More details below, please read on.
Key findings of the new North American report include:
- Crimeware: Considered to be an essential within any basic underground market, some forums in the North American market exclusively sell hacking tools.
- Crypting services: Arguably the most sought-after crimeware in the underground to date, these service providers check how many security products flag the code “malicious,” and then encrypt malware as many times as it takes to avoid detection.
- Credit card credentials, clones and fakes: Cybercriminals most commonly sell information such as credit card credentials. But they are not the only credit-card-related goods found. Clones or copies of stolen credit cards also abound.
- Drugs and weapons: Individuals involved in drug-related transactions try to retain anonymity, while the weapons marketplace reveals foreign contacts allowing for delivery outside North America.