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Why Do Users Get Banned from Cybercriminal Forums?

Cybersecurity reporting tends to focus on stories about governments and law enforcement agencies moving to catch the threat actors responsible for major cyberattacks. We rarely stop to think about the cybercriminal underground’s own policing activity.  Contrary to what you might expect, successful cybercriminal platforms are not the “wild west”. They have their own rules and […]

The Right to Be Forgotten: Cybercriminal Forum Account Deletion

We often hear lines like “your past will always catch up with you, no matter how hard you try to make it go away,” stark reminders that the decisions we make today will impact the results of tomorrow. This phrase rings particularly true in the world of cybercriminals. History has served up multiple examples of […]

Emotet Disruption: what it means for the cyber threat landscape

Last week, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL) published a press release detailing the operation that led to the disruption of Emotet, one of the most prominent trojans that populated the cyber threat landscape. This operation, dubbed “Operation Ladybird”, was a joint effort led by the authorities of several European countries and […]

Tracing the Rise and Fall of Dark Web Marketplaces and Cybercriminal Forums

It’s often the case that a sequel to a great book or a remake of a once-popular TV series doesn’t generate the same enthusiasm or excitement as the original. Of course, there are well-known exceptions to this… For the movie fans out there, The Godfather Part II stands out as one example. More often than […]

How Bizarre: Joker’s Stash .bazar site allegedly seized by law enforcement

What happened to Joker’s Stash? In a very recent event, the Blockchain domains of Joker’s Stash, an automated vending cart (AVC) known for the sale of payment card details, allegedly displayed a notification that the US Department of Justice and Interpol seized the site.  The team behind Joker’s Stash maintain several versions of the site, […]

2021 Forecasts: Six Trends And Predictions For The New Year

This year has been a real doozy, y’all: Ransomware capitalizing on extortion, operators compromising thousands of organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic forcing organizations to shift to work-from-home solutions at the drop of a hat, and a dumpster fire of misinformation observed from nation-state threat actors and cybercriminals. We’ve all been put through the wringer in 2020. […]

A Eulogy for Maze: The end of a ransomware era?

Maze— a high profile ransomware gang in the cybercriminal world— now claims they’ve ceased to exist. The hacker group famed for their double extortion of Allied Universal (requested ransom of 2.3 million USD) and disruption operations for American tax advisory BST & Co posted a press release on their website Nov 1st, 2020 announcing an […]