Dr Michael McGuire, Author at Security Boulevard

The Dark Net Diversifies: How Vendors Make a Living Selling Vertical-Specific Threats

The dark net poses a serious risk to organisations, with many vendors offering vertical-specific malware or network access Greater awareness of dark net threats is vital to mitigate risk My latest foray into the Web of Profit, Behind the Dark Net Black Mirror, detailed the growing risk posed by the ... Read More

New Study Explores the Dark Net and the Growing Risk to the Enterprise

New report details how the dark net has become a cybercrime shopping paradise, offering bespoke malware and targeted FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 hacking services Dark net activity is set to go deeper underground, as vendors turn to encrypted messaging services to thwart law enforcement After another three months of ... Read More

Back Into The Web of Profit: Going Undercover in the Dark Net, Uncovering Threats to the Enterprise

Presenting the findings of my latest report, ‘Behind the Dark Net Black Mirror,’ on Thursday 6th June at Infosecurity Europe 2019 Offering insights from conversations with dark net vendors offering targeted attacks against the FTSE 500 After the culmination of months of study, the newest addition to the Web of ... Read More

Social Media Platforms Bring the Dark Web Closer Than You Think

Some of the most popular social media platforms are being exploited by cybercriminals to openly sell their tools and expertise This exploitation means that the lines between clear web platforms and their dark web equivalents have become blurred We use social media for many reasons. Keeping up with our friends, ... Read More

New report: Social Media Platforms and the Cybercrime Economy

New report outlines how cybercriminals are exploiting trust on social media to spread malware and buy/sell hacking tools and expertise With social media playing a crucial day-to-day role in the workplace, this represents a major threat to organisations After six months of research, I’m excited to say that we are ... Read More

Lack of Collaboration Could be Putting Global Response to Cybercrime at Risk

Without an agile, holistic approach to cybercrime prevention, hackers will continue to run rampant in the digital ecosystem A coordinated global response is vital to the reduction and prevention of cybercrime There’s been a lot of geopolitical tension in the air in 2018, which could escalate further in the next ... Read More

Catch Me If You Can: The Changing Faces of Malware

The reappearance of malware variants shows how platform criminality is enabling hackers to teach old code new tricks The security industry and authorities need to work together to understand how platforms are being used to resurrect malware New malware is constantly emerging into the ever-growing threat landscape, and the diversity ... Read More

How Hackers Exploit Online Games

Legitimate platforms like online gaming services are a breeding ground for hackers, with in-game currencies and micro-transactions putting a target on the gaming industry’s back Online games have also provided a testing ground for hackers keen to test their malware on unsuspecting players Hackers taking advantage of social networks like ... Read More

Platform Criminality Aids Sales of Exploits and IP

Platform criminality is enabling and incentivising insider threats to sell on corporate IP and potent malware Understanding cybercrime platforms is key to disrupting the supply of hacking tools and IP theft Platform criminality has been reshaping the way in which the security industry thinks about cybercrime. It’s made the sale ... Read More

Webstresser: When Platform Capitalism Goes Rogue

Platform criminality is leading to a rise in online services that offer easy access to malware and cybercrime expertise We must move beyond a simplistic firefighting approach to cybercrime if we want to disrupt cybercrime supply chains Earlier this year, an international law enforcement cooperation led to the arrest of ... Read More