On cybercrime forums and darknet marketplaces, there's an abundant supply of cybercrime products and services and lots of demand, plus prices remain low, says Liv Rowley, an intelligence analyst at threat intelligence firm Flashpoint in New York.
"It's definitely quite surprising to see just how low some of these prices are," Rowley says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. "Something like a Social Security number, which we're all told to protect and be very careful with, you see that go for maybe a couple of bucks on the deep and dark web."
The range of tools, services and data for sale on darknet marketplaces "shows you that actually getting the supplies from a cybercriminal perspective ... is not the difficult part; the difficult part is the knowledge in how to employ these different things that you can buy into actually making a profit," she adds (see 10 Leading 'Cybercrime-as-a-Service' Offerings).
In this interview about cybercrime-as-a-service buyers and sellers (see audio link below photo), Rowley:
- Illustrates the low barrier to entry for would-be cybercriminals;
- Reviews the evolution of darknet marketplaces following the AlphaBay takedown;
- Charts the rise of social media manipulation services involving fake followers.
Rowley is a cybercrime intelligence analyst focusing on the deep and dark web at Flashpoint. She's will present a talk on "Cebolla Chan 3.0: A Window Into the Chaotic Spanish-Language Underground" at the 2018 RSA conference in April in San Francisco.