The Dark Web and Underground Markets

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BlueVoyant’s monitoring of the dark web and underground markets shows a drastic change in forum popularity over the past 3 months. Forums discussing criminal activity of concern to the financial sector has nearly flip-flopped from July. Joker’s Stash, Epic Market, and Genesis Market have trailed off drastically. Nulled Forum and Hack Forums have taken the top two spots in August and September. The graphs below are based on percentage of financially relevant discussions.

Financial targets have remained mostly the same, but PayPal is back in the top spot for September. BINs dropped significantly and Cryptocurrency is securely holding down the number two. This falls in line with other trends pointing to a rise in cryptocurrency campaigns currently underway.

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