BetaNews: Demand for dark web malware exceeds supply

Lovely. From BetaNews: Demand for dark web malware exceeds supply. “Malware writers have been using a free market model to sell their wares for some time. The success of this approach is clear from new research by Positive Technologies that finds demand for malware creation on the dark web is three times greater than supply. Demand for malware distribution is twice the supply. This mismatch of supply and demand has led to interest among criminals in new tools, which are becoming more readily available in the form of partner programs that include malware-as-a-service and malware distribution-for-hire.”

CNET: Researchers found stolen military secrets for sale on the dark web

CNET: Researchers found stolen military secrets for sale on the dark web. “Military secrets are often heavily guarded, but it’s meaningless if there’s weak router security. Researchers from Recorded Future, a threat intelligence company, say they found a cache of sensitive military documents for sale on the Dark Web, including details on the US Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper drones, as well as training courses on tanks, survival and improvised explosive devices.”

CBR: Facebook and Google “Inspired” $1.5 Trillion Dark Web Entrepreneurs

CBR: Facebook and Google “Inspired” $1.5 Trillion Dark Web Entrepreneurs. “Cybercrime revenues now rival the GDP output of major world economies at a colossal $1.5 trillion annually, according to an independent academic study published today. Surrey University’s Mike McGuire spent six months researching cybercrime profit distribution for his ‘Web of Profit’ report; speaking with GCHQ, the FBI, Europol, global financial institutions and covert security workers that have infiltrated the dark web.”

The Independent: Data gathered from Facebook users likely spread to other databases and dark web, say experts

The Independent: Data gathered from Facebook users likely spread to other databases and dark web, say experts . “The data on millions of Facebook users that a firm wrongfully swiped from the social network has likely spread to other groups, databases and the dark web, experts said, making company’s pledge to safeguard its users’ privacy hard to enforce.”

CNN: Infant Social Security numbers are for sale on the dark web

CNN: Infant Social Security numbers are for sale on the dark web. “The personal details of children — including dates of birth and mother’s maiden names — have been sought after for years. Now, researchers have found an ad on a forum for the sale of data claiming to be from infants. The cost: $300 worth of bitcoin for each baby’s data set.”

The Grand Tor: How To Go Anonymous Online (Wired)

Wired: The Grand Tor: How To Go Anonymous Online. (Fifty points for the headline.) “Earlier this month, Tor announced an update to its so-called onion services, which use Tor’s anonymizing features to hide not just individual people on the web, but servers too, allowing for so-called dark web or darknet sites and other services that can’t be physically traced to any locatable computer. Beyond merely covering your tracks as you visit websites, the new feature has opened Tor up to a new range of applications, enabling a new generation of whistleblowing platforms and new forms of untraceable messaging…. Here’s how you can use Tor today, whether you want to want to browse controversial sites in peace, or send messages the NSA can’t peep.”