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“Ultimate Anonymity Services” Shop Offers Cybercriminals International RDPs

October 24, 2017

Dark Web marketplaces selling access to compromised Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers have become increasingly popular in the cybercriminal ecosystem over the past several years. UAS — which stands for “Ultimate Anonymity Services” — is one such popular cybercriminal RDP shop that has been online since February 16, 2016.  UAS offers SOCKs proxies in addition to over […]

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Evolution of the Russian-Language Underground’s Anonymizing Technology

October 5, 2017

Much like a virus that continually mutates to render previously-effective vaccines obsolete, cybercriminals’ ongoing development of new anonymizing technologies empowers them to obfuscate their identities while carrying out illicit schemes. Throughout the Russian-language underground in particular, many adversaries have been known to spend hundreds of dollars on tools designed to help them sidestep the latest […]

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How Ransomware has become an ‘Ethical’ Dilemma in the Eastern European Underground

September 20, 2017

It’s no secret that the Deep & Dark Web (DDW) is home to illicit marketplaces and forums, as well as an array of cybercriminal communications. Less obvious, however, are the nuances of these communications, the unspoken code of conduct that exists in cybercriminal communities, and the “ethical” dilemma that certain types of attacks can cause. […]

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Shoplifting: Defeating Theft Detection and Prevention Technology

September 14, 2017

Typically considered one of the most accessible and in many cases least-sophisticated types of crime, shoplifting persists as an undeniably damaging affliction across the retail sector. In fact, the National Retail Security Survey reported that loss of inventory cost U.S. retailers an estimated $49 billion USD in 2016, with 70 percent of the loss caused […]

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The WireX Botnet: How Industry Collaboration Disrupted a DDoS Attack

By Flashpoint Analyst Team
August 25, 2017

Introduction On August 17th, 2017, multiple Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and content providers were subject to significant attacks from a botnet dubbed WireX. The botnet is named for an anagram for one of the delimiter strings in its command and control protocol. The WireX botnet comprises primarily Android devices running malicious applications and is designed […]

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BEC Campaigns Target Organizations Across Sectors Using Credential Phishing

In general, business email compromise (BEC) scams are widely viewed as a type of cybercrime that necessitates relatively minimal technical ability. Despite this, analysts industry-wide have observed BEC operators progressing from simple schemes such as 419 and fake lottery scams – in which unwitting victims are duped into sending payments to fraudsters after being promised […]

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Fentanyl Sales in the Deep & Dark Web

July 28, 2017

As the U.S. opioid epidemic persists, the drugs that are fueling the crisis have found a customer base in Deep & Dark Web (DDW) marketplaces. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more potent than heroin, is one such drug that is being sold in underground marketplaces. Fentanyl is sold in various illicit marketplaces. For years, surface web […]

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New Version of “Trickbot” Adds Worm Propagation Module

July 27, 2017

On July 27, 2017, in coordination with Luciano Martins, Director of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte, Flashpoint observed a new version – “1000029” – of the formidable “Trickbot” banking Trojan with a new “worm64Dll” module, spread via the email spam vector, impersonating invoices from a large international financial institution. Image 1: The latest Trickbot tt0002 […]

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U.S. DOJ Announces Takedowns of AlphaBay and Hansa Underground Markets

On July 20, 2017, at 10:00 AM EST, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a joint international law enforcement operation resulting in the takedown of the AlphaBay Market. Formerly the most popular underground market in the Deep & Dark Web (DDW), AlphaBay facilitated numerous illicit activities, including narcotics trafficking and the sale of vast […]

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