Security researchers, law enforcement, and analysts lurk in criminal marketplaces and forums collecting information which may indicate a possible data breach or data theft. It’s a tricky balancing act—blending in among criminals while not engaging in criminal activity that could get them arrested.
Flashpoint analysts look at Dark Web marketplaces and see that prices have not changed all that much in two years.
While it’s intriguing that the Dark Web may be smaller than perceived, it was never the biggest threat to enterprises.
BEC scams continue to rise and accounted for $1.2 billion in losses in 2018. The good news is that the FBI was able to work with banks to recover some of the funds.
Criminals can buy digital fingerprints such as user behavior, cookies, and device information on the Genesis marketplace to fool banks' anti-fraud systems and conduct credit card fraud.