If a company takes too long to pay, the ransomware gang piles on the pressure by worrying their customers. Ransomware gangs have a pretty easy time of it already. They hack into a company server, encrypt all their data, demand payment, and wait. But what if the victim drags their feet on paying the ransom? The gangs have a new tactic to add even more pressure to the situation in an attempt to force payment quickly.
Over $8 million was earned through affiliate marketing for illegal marketplaces. An administrator for the DeepDotWeb (DDW) portal has pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks for connecting buyers and sellers of illegal goods in the dark web.
Publicly available cloud images are spreading Monero-mining malware to unsuspecting cloud developers. At least 30 malicious images in Docker Hub, with a collective 20 million downloads, have been used to spread cryptomining malware, according to an analysis.
Terror-linked groups in war-torn Idlib are changing their crypto tactics to avoid detection by Western law enforcement. In a small shop overlooking the dusty streets of Idlib in northwestern Syria, a group of men sit huddled around a laptop watching the price of bitcoin skyrocket. Outside, the city is devastated by war, but the men’s eyes remain locked on the price chart – they are trying to turn $10 into $20 through Shariah-compliant trades.
Wealthy baby boomers will be the next generation to jump into cryptocurrencies as they become more mainstream, potentially bringing billions of dollars to the rallying sector, said Mike Novogratz, founder of crypto firm Galaxy Digital.
A darknet ad flagged by the crypto sleuths at Elliptic says vendors will bury vacuum-packed physical cash “5-20 cm under the ground.” Cybercriminals in Russia are going to extreme lengths to untraceably cash out cryptocurrency: The word used in online ads is “клад,” literally “buried treasure.”
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has found its way onto the deep web and during the last few months, researchers have found a great number of individuals turning to darknet markets (DNMs) for employment. The organization Check Point Research has recorded a rising trend of people looking for jobs on hacking forums and DNMs. Additionally, alleged versions of the coronavirus vaccines from the top manufacturers are being sold on DNMs alongside vaccination records.