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The Optus Breach: If I Could Turn Back Time

The fallout of the recent Optus breach got me thinking about a common occurrence: seller’s remorse… Most of us have experienced it. You feel like you’re getting a good deal, and then bang!  You realize you could have got more for your money if you’d only just waited that extra day. Although this might be […]

Cyber threats to the 2022 Italian elections

  When Mario Draghi formed a national unity government in February 2021, Italy was busy attempting to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to developing a recovery and resilience plan (Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza, or PNRR) to spend the EU recovery funds on. Additionally, Draghi positioned his government to react […]

Recruitment Fraud in 2022

Earlier this month, the FBI released a public service announcement titled “Scammers Exploit Security Weaknesses on Job Recruitment Websites to Impersonate Legitimate Businesses, Threatening Company Reputation and Defrauding Job Seekers.” This is a growing risk, and goes far beyond the United States. In the last few weeks, reports have come from South Africa and India […]

Examining Russian-language Cybercriminal Marketplaces

Our blogs have covered the fate of numerous cybercriminal marketplaces on the clear, deep, and dark web over the years. Our research has uncovered several factors determining a platform’s chances of success, including market share, USP, security, and convenience. We’ve mainly focused our attention and threat intelligence articles on the rise and fall of several […]

Bitcoin and Alternative Cryptos in the Cybercriminal Underground

The popularity of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies continue to progress in the modern-day, with drastically surging valuations. Notably, Bitcoin surpassed its all-time high of USD 20,000 (in 2017) to achieve an eye-watering USD 60,000 at the time of writing (April 2021). And while legislation and law enforcement continue to try to get a stranglehold on the […]

The Top 5 Dark Web Monitoring Use Cases

Note: This article is an excerpt from our just-released Dark Web Monitoring Solutions Guide. You can get a free copy here. Or read further on Photon’s dark web research findings here. Organizations are now well aware of the dangers of the dark web whether they’ve read recent newspaper headlines of a major company targeted in […]

The Dark Web Response to COVID Vaccinations

There is light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel: Countries are now beginning a gradual return to normalcy thanks to vaccination programs. Many people—cybercriminals included—are most looking forward to going on post-vaccination vacations and catching up on all the travel that’s been missing over the past year. Countries are opening up their borders to […]

Tax and Unemployment Fraud in 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Tax season again. In a decision to assist US taxpayers navigating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS and Treasury Department postponed the April 15 tax filing deadline to May 17. The UK reached a similar conclusion, giving UK taxpayers an additional month to send in their tax […]

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 […]