The cybercrime economy is one of the runaway success stories of the 21st century — at least, for those who participate in it. Estimates claim it could be worth over $1trillion annually, more than the GDP of many countries. Part of that success is due to its ability to evolve and shift as the threat landscape changes. Trend Micro has been profiling the underground cybercrime community for several years. And over the past five, we’ve seen a major shift to new platforms, communications channels, products and services, as trust on the dark web erodes and new market demands emerge.
Unfortunately, we expect the current pandemic to create yet another evolution, as cyber-criminals look to take advantage of new ways of working and systemic vulnerabilities.
Over the past 28 years, Trend Micro has led the industry in trying to better understand those who seek to do us and our customers harm. After all, how can we begin to build effective threat prevention if we don’t know what we’re trying to protect against? The latest of our in-depth reports into regional cybercrime underground markets focuses on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, and reveals some surprising findings. This is a cybercrime underground united in its goals with members keen to share and help each other; making it particularly dangerous for targets in the West.
That’s bad news for all of us as local MENA players move beyond DDoS and web defacement activity to more nefarious attacks. Against this backdrop, layered security becomes an essential mitigation strategy. Continue reading →