Russian Dark Web Market Sells USA Banking Data
Dark Web Threat of the Week: EBCS student researcher discovered interesting cybercrime activity on Russian-based markets!The first threat features a dumps web market. What is the shocking kicker? The website is dedicated to President Donald Trump! The Russian market is titled “Trump Dumps.” The market allows hackers to purchase information from popular banking institutions. “Hackers can find information about Citi, USAA Bank, and Regions Bank,” the researcher explained. This poses a threat both the consumer and the institution. The information that is offered is gathered from compromised banking accounts (i.e. lost or stolen credit card data) or internal information system hacks at the institutional level. The market slogan is “make dumps great again.”
USA UBER Driver Accounts
The second threat is a Russian hacker forum. On the dark web, forums function as an online educational tool for hackers and cybercriminals. Forums provide hackers with step-by-step guides on how to commit a particular crime and task. Our researcher discovered that this cybercriminal, however, is not offering or seeking financial institution information or personal identifiable data. In this case, the Russian cybercriminal is looking to purchase authenticated and verified Uber accounts! “At this time I am unsure what he needs accounts for,” the researcher explained. “However, I will follow the chat in between him and others who are interested in this or similar topics.”
Our researchers hypothesized the different purposes and uses for authenticated Uber driver accounts. Some proposed the idea that illegitimate drivers are seeking sources of income in the United States because Uber’s current screening policies prevents clearance. However, the scary side of this business is that these criminals can also sell verified Uber driver accounts to organized crime leaders who operate human trafficking schemes.
Our researchers will continue to test their theories in the near future. If you are interested in learning more about EBCS research projects and findings, visit us online at ebcs.gsu.edu.