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When online criminals get tricked online too

When online criminals get tricked online too

“Scammers deceive other scammers on forums and platforms,” ​​commented Matt Vixey, a researcher at cybersecurity firm Sophos, at the BlackHat Europe security conference in the UK on August 8. Twelfth.





The computer user's image displayed on the screen contains a binary code.  Photo: Reuters

The computer user’s image displayed on the screen contains a binary code. Colour: Reuters

Hackers and cybercriminals have an inherently “symbiotic” relationship and often come together to do business with one another on specific forums, the dark web, or marketplaces. Buyers can go to these platforms to request data or find vulnerabilities, whereupon hackers steal and sell information. Hackers often come here to sell what they have collected from attacked targets.

However, according to Sophos, this relationship is no longer sustainable, based on statistical research by Wixey and the team across three platforms known to cybercriminals: Exploit, XSS, and BreachForums.

According to Vixie, the forum has its own “arbitration room” where members can complain about fraud or other violations. For example, if someone buys malware but it doesn’t work as advertised, that person can report it to an administrator to fix the problem.

The frequency of complaints about fraud in courtrooms is increasing. Sophos estimates that cybercriminals lost approximately $2.5 million to other cybercriminals in the last 12 months. There are many types of scams, but the most common are buyers who don’t pay for what they received or sellers who receive money but don’t send what they sold. Another type of fraud is data manipulation, outdated data or the sale of goods that have become publicly available on the internet.

In one exploit complaint, a hacker sold stolen information about a Windows operating system vulnerability for $130,000 and shipped it to a buyer. However, the buyer “given various reasons for delays in payment”.

It’s different with games infinity axis. Someone wants to buy fake gaming site to trick users. However, this copy contains a backdoor, so all proceeds go to the seller of the fake game. “Scammers are basically fooled by their own tricks,” Vixey said.

Scammers don’t just look organized. Usually they are organized, luring prey into a trap and then disappearing. Tracking them is often difficult as most transactions are conducted anonymously.

However, the fact that cybercriminals “report” each other’s activities can be a potential source of information for investigators. “With every complaint, more anonymous personal information is shared. It is a repository of evidence, including cryptocurrency addresses, transaction IDs, email addresses, victim names, and software source code. malware. All of this could show who’s behind it, or at least give an idea of ​​how it works,” Viksey said.

Bao Lam (Track Cable)

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