MIT Sloan Management Review: Casting the Dark Web in a New Light. “The value chain model developed by Harvard Business School’s Michael E. Porter offers a process-based view of business.6 When applied to cybercrime, it reveals that the dark web — that part of the internet that has been intentionally hidden, is inaccessible through standard web browsers, and facilitates criminal activities — serves as what Porter called a value system. That system includes a comprehensive cyberattack supply chain, which enables hackers and other providers to develop and sell the products and services needed to mount attacks at scale. Understanding how it works provides new, more effective avenues for combating attacks to companies, security service providers, and the defense community at large.” A deep but exceptionally-readable dive. Recommended if you’re at all interested in cybercrime.
The New York Times: Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns. “Authorities in the United States and Europe recently staged a wide-ranging crackdown on online drug markets, taking down Wall Street Market and Valhalla, two of the largest drug markets on the so-called dark web. Yet the desire to score drugs from the comfort of home and to make money from selling those drugs appears for many to be stronger than the fear of getting arrested.”
The Register: Maker of US border’s license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online. “The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked. Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download.”
The Quint: Truecaller Users’ Phone Numbers & Email IDs For Sale on Dark Web. “Truecaller, a caller ID company with access to email IDs and mobile numbers of millions of users, has been hit with fresh allegations of letting its data sell on the dark web. The data is available to any person willing to pay up to Rs 1.5 lakh for data of Indian users, while the amount goes up to a staggering 25,000 euros (Rs 19.4 lakh) for users from other countries.”
The Verge: Feds take down dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized the dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web, according to a warning notice posted on the site. The site’s dark web site has also been taken down and replaced with a similar notice.”
Motherboard: The CIA Will Use its New Dark Web Site to Collect Anonymous Tips. “On the heels of the CIA announcing its brand new Instagram account, replete with amateur artwork of some of its operatives and stories featuring Director Gina Haspel’s first ID card, the American spy agency is going to the dark web.”
Recorded Future: Who’s Afraid of the Dark? Hype Versus Reality on the Dark Web. “In this research, we investigated a few things about this network of onion sites: how big it really is, the languages in which it’s written, and how reliable it is to use in terms of uptime and trustworthiness. We spidered about 260,000 onion pages to approximate the full reachable Tor network from a starting set of onion sites that we pulled from public lists and our own content.” There’s one part of the article where I feel the researchers are responding to people who conflate the Deep Web and the Dark Web when they’re nowhere near the same thing, but other than that this was very interesting.