Dark Matters BLOG: Analysis

Dark Web Forums: the Underbelly’s Underbelly

Dark Web Forums: the Underbelly’s Underbelly

The dark web is known for a few things - drugs, fraud, scams, and far too many poorly designed webpages. But underneath those notorious markets and carding sites lies a forum community that just wants to talk - about anything and everything. Forums on the dark web...

This Week: Dark Web Chats and User Error

This Week: Dark Web Chats and User Error

This week, two prominent examples of a dark web market - AlphaBay and Hansa - found their customers’ data leaked online by an individual who previously warned the market administrators about the vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, an Australian agency accidentally leaked the...

This Week: Ransomware Goes Gold

This Week: Ransomware Goes Gold

A new FBI leak appeared to ring in the new year, but many believe that the “leak” contains false information. Goldeneye ransomware set a gold standard for exploited HR departments, and the squirrels are up to no good. GOLDENEYE FOR RANSOMWARE Recently, cyber criminals...

This Week: Unhappy Accidents and Avoidable Leaks

This Week: Unhappy Accidents and Avoidable Leaks

What do a typo, a hacked database, and a tweet have in common? Leaked credentials. This week we saw three major leaks that could have been avoided. While we are constantly advised to be on the lookout for malicious actors, sometimes we are our own worst enemies. YOU...

Economics of the Dark Web: Let It Be, Let It Be

Economics of the Dark Web: Let It Be, Let It Be

Laissez Faire economic theory is a guiding principle of capitalism. Although it is viewed as the ultimate form of free markets, we do not experience laissez fair principles regularly. Because the dark web exists as an anonymous international market, no government...

This Week: TheDarkOverlord Expands His Coverage

This Week: TheDarkOverlord Expands His Coverage

One of the most prolific hackers of the past year – The Dark Overlord (TDO) - welcomed the New Year with a few sizable data leaks. In 2016, TDO carved out a space for themselves in the stolen data market by targeting databases full of protected health information...

Seasons Greetings from the Dark Web

The holiday season provides a glimpse into the ways the dark web economy continues to mirror standard commerce. In particular, we’re taking a look here at Black Friday sales on the dark web, just as we did last year. One of the points we like to make most often here...

The Rise of Hacking as a Service on the Dark Web

The Rise of Hacking as a Service on the Dark Web

Besides the overwhelming amount of perfectly legal content on the dark web, its unsavory side tends to be known for drugs, credit card fraud, and other illicit classifieds. But what about hacking? A quick perusal through any popular market or forum will reveal that...

This Week: Halloween on the Dark Web

While you were out preparing your costumes and decorations, dark web vendors offered a little Halloween festivity with discounts and new products. But it’s not all spooky savings - some dark web criminals aren’t afraid to do the cyber equivalent of toilet papering...

Hack To School: Education Exploits on the Dark Web

Hack To School: Education Exploits on the Dark Web

College students today are struggling to find the balance between social life, school, and sleep. Everyone is looking for a way to make their lives easier...on the dark web. With the growing pressures to succeed, students do crazy things to get out of tests, including...

What’s The Deal With Brazil?

What’s The Deal With Brazil?

Since last October, Terbium Labs has seen a steady stream of data coming out of Brazil. We’ve talked about this before, when news broke about the Poseidon Group last year. We’ve had ongoing discussions with others in the industry about the kind of data we’re seeing...

#OpIsrael is in Full Swing

#OpIsrael is in Full Swing

#OpIsrael is a regular feature among the leaks Terbium Labs sees day to day. The campaign is an ongoing operation targeting Israeli businesses, universities, social media networks, and governmental organizations. As with other ongoing operations, the leaks pop up from...

Tax – and Peak PII – Season is Here

Tax – and Peak PII – Season is Here

Tax season is upon us. In the midst of accountants marketing their services and non-stop emails incentivizing the use of tax software, personally identifiable information (PII) continues to appear in large dumps across the dark web. We’ve seen a sizeable increase in...

Poseiden and the Brazilian Data Deluge

Poseiden and the Brazilian Data Deluge

The Poseidon Group has made recent headlines for their somewhat unconventional approach to the security sales process. The corporate hacking group based in Brazil first compromises an organization with custom malware and steals their data, only to then approach the...

Not Your Breach, Still Your Problem

Not Your Breach, Still Your Problem

Given the increase in large and widespread data breaches, organizations find themselves facing issues of user security and fraudulent activity — even if their systems were never breached. A user who maintains the same credentials across multiple sites may find several...

Holiday Sales on the Dark Web

Holiday Sales on the Dark Web

Retailers aren’t the only ones offering holiday sales. Vendors on the Dark Web are taking advantage of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of holiday season for some promotions of their own. All items 70% off. Buy one, get two free. Special discounts while...

Fast Detection Makes All the Difference

Fast Detection Makes All the Difference

If your company experienced a data breach today, how quickly would you want to be notified? Data breaches at major organizations continue to make headlines, and companies stand the best chance of reducing their liability and cost by reducing detection time. The...