One of the things we’re most proud of here at Trend Micro is our ongoing work around the Deep Web and the Cybercrime Underground Economy.
Since late 2012, our Forward-Looking Threat Research team has been publishing papers that delve into the Deep Web and the cybercrime underground economies of several major countries.
To date, over the past three years, we’ve published more than 10 different research papers and supplemental materials covering the Deep Web, Bullet Proof Hosting, and the cybercrime underground economies of Russia, China, Brazil, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Germany. In the cases of Russia, China and Brazil, we’ve revisited our research to document changes to that underground over time: three times for both Russia and China and twice for Brazil.
No one else has invested as much time and energy to research the Deep Web and cybercrime underground economies with as much depth or breadth as our Forward-Looking Threat Research Team.
Today, we are releasing a new comprehensive paper that takes all of this broad and deep research and condenses it into a compare and contrast look at the different cybercrime underground economies around the world. This first-ever paper, “Cybercrime and the Deep Web,” combs through numerous reports’ data and findings and delivers a high-level comparison of the different cybercrime underground economies and their offerings.
First, it compares and contrasts each major cybercrime underground in terms of how it operates and what it offers. Most importantly, it highlights each underground’s unique character and how that character reflects the culture that underground operates in. Crime is ultimately a social phenomenon (albeit an anti-social one): so criminal activity is culturally conditioned and differentiated. This paper shows some of the ways that is. We’re also presenting these findings in an easy-to-use interactive map.
Second, our latest report provides a first-of-its-kind chart comparing the availability of various goods and service offerings across the different cybercrime underground economies.
If you spend time reading the various reports we’ve published on the cybercrime underground economies around the world, you’ll quickly find that there is no such thing as “an underground.” The global cybercrime underground mirrors the globe itself: a patchwork of different countries and cultures, each unique and different in its own way.
With today’s latest report, you can see quickly and easily how these different cybercrime underground economies truly differ. This report serves as a good introduction for those new to the topic, a recap for those who are already familiar with it and an excellent reference piece as we continue this important research in the future.
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