Thursday, 18 September 2008

Notorious Crime Forum DarkMarket Goes Dark

Source: Threat Level from

There is much ironic gnashing of teeth in the cybercrime black market with the closure of, a popular marketplace for cybercrime-related services and data. The voluntary closure of the site follows the arrest of one of the site's administrators, among other events. Forum participants lamented the destructive influence of law enforcement agencies on their lives and families. Oh, the irony.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Recovering (someone else's) Email Password

Source: Frequency X Blog

This article provides an interesting insight into email account hacking as a (black market) service.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Crimeware giants form botnet tag team

Source: The Register

"The Rock Phish gang - one of the net's most notorious phishing outfits - has teamed up with another criminal heavyweight called Asprox in overhauling its network with state-of-the-art technology, according to researchers from RSA."

Monday, 1 September 2008

The Bank Account That Sprang a Leak

The New York Times

Although there's no evidence (yet) that the fraud reported in this NYTimes article is Internet-related, it serves as a reminder that the financial targets which are increasingly the subject of cybercrime are only as strong as the weakest link protecting them. Certain systems, such as the clearing house system in use for US checks, were designed in a relatively low threat environment, and are becoming increasingly problematic as they are exposed to an ever wider audience of participants and increasing volumes of transactions.