An Analysis of Cybercriminal Communications Strategies

Flashpoint’s latest research examines how cybercriminals across multiple regions have evolved their communication strategies. Based on Deep & Dark Web data collected between 2012 and 2016, the report analyzes the use of ten messaging services* among Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Persian/Farsi, and English-speaking cybercriminals.

This research addresses the following questions:

•  Which nation state is the trendsetter in selecting messaging services and why?

•  The widespread popularity of which messaging service demonstrates that convenience often outweighs sophistication?

•  Which application was most popular among English-speaking cybercriminals in 2012 and what do those results look like today?

This research aims to help security and risk teams direct intelligence-led initiatives while cultivating an increased understanding of the complex variables driving cybercrime.

Messaging services include: ICQ, Skype, Jabber, PGP, AOL Instant Messenger, Telegram, WeChat, QQ, WhatsApp and Kik

READ FULL STUDY. Flashpoint_Cybercrime_Economy


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