BBC: Dark web scammers exploit Covid-19 fear and doubt

BBC: Dark web scammers exploit Covid-19 fear and doubt. “‘They’re exploiting the fear, uncertainty and doubt people are experiencing during the pandemic, and using the anxiety and desperation to get people to buy things or click on things they wouldn’t have otherwise,’ says Morgan Wright, a former senior adviser to the US Department of State anti-terrorism assistance programme. He’s talking about the scammers and criminals that inhabit the “dark web” who have found a new angle – anxiety over Covid-19.”

BetaNews: ‘Fraud guides’ account for almost half of material for sale on dark web markets

BetaNews: ‘Fraud guides’ account for almost half of material for sale on dark web markets. “Digital risk protection company Terbium Labs has released a trend report on the stolen and fraudulent data of three of the largest multi-good dark web marketplaces, which finds that fraud guides account for 49 percent of the data being sold. Personal data lags some way behind at at 15.6 percent, followed by non-financial accounts and credentials (12.2 percent), financial accounts and credentials (8.2 percent), fraud tools and templates (eight percent) and payment cards (seven percent).”

BetaNews: Stolen Zoom account credentials are freely available on the dark web

BetaNews: Stolen Zoom account credentials are freely available on the dark web. “Loved, hated, trusted and feared in just about equal measure, Zoom has been all but unavoidable in recent weeks. Following on from a combination of privacy and security scandals, credentials for numerous Zoom account have been found on the dark web.”

BetaNews: The Dark Web turns 20 this month

BetaNews: The Dark Web turns 20 this month. “While we’re all being encouraged to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ as we wash our hands to ward off the COVID-19 virus, you might like to know that you can sing it to the Dark Web, which turns 20 this month. To mark the occasion digital risk management company Groupsense hasn’t baked a cake but it has produced an infographic of the Dark Web’s timeline.”

Phys .org: Why drug sellers see the internet as a lucrative safe haven

Phys .org: Why drug sellers see the internet as a lucrative safe haven. “More than six years after the demise of Silk Road, the world’s first major drug cryptomarket, the dark web is still home to a thriving trade in illicit drugs. These markets host hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of people who sell drugs, commonly referred to as ‘vendors.’ The dark web offers vital anonymity for vendors and buyers, who use cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin to process transactions.”

Dark Web Search Engine Kilos: Tipping the Scales in Favor of Cybercrime (Digital Shadows)

Digital Shadows: Dark Web Search Engine Kilos: Tipping the Scales in Favor of Cybercrime. “In November 2019, a dark web search engine called ‘Kilos’ emerged from the depths of the cybercriminal underground, ostensibly to play the role of new heavyweight champion of search engines for cybercriminal marketplaces, forums, and illicit products. And with this title, Kilos recognized the need to stand out from the crowd and ensure its entrance onto the scene was not one to be forgotten.”