Democratizing CyberCrime – Messaging Apps As New Dark Web

Cyber criminals use messaging apps to locate new hideouts after dark web market crackdown

Mobile messaging apps said to be the “in” place for cyber criminals, leading to these observations:


“Today’s black market is accessible more than ever, with the tap of a finger over a portable pocket-held device,” the study said. “This could prove to cause a proliferation of low-level cybercrime, that is conducted by less qualified perpetrators”.

Traditional dark web markets required would-be users to know which sites to visit and how, using a special browser, all of which required no small amount of technical sophistication.

IntSights said hackers are turning to smaller, closed networks on social media and mobile messaging apps instead of traditionally open, moderated dark web forums because such groups can be easily set up, shut down and relocated via apps.

I’m all in favor of democratization of technology but like you, I nearly choked on:

…Traditional dark web markets required would-be users to know which sites to visit and how, using a special browser, all of which required no small amount of technical sophistication….

Wow, just wow! Being able to download/install Tor and finding .onion sites is “technical sophistication?”

Messaging apps mentioned:

Discord – #1 with a bullet.

Skype – Microsoft.

Telegram

WhatsApp – Facebook.

By sacrificing an email address, you can get a copy of the dark web/mobile app report.

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