You have all heard the term cybercrime, and you have heard about all things cybercrime – stolen credentials, data theft, fraud, blackmail and more. You may have heard the there are markets for goods connected to computer crime. You may have heard that there’s a lot of money in it (enough to pay off the national debts of most states including the USA, if you total all reports on damages by cybercrime). As usual the problems lie in connecting the dots. What are the mechanisms behind these black markets? What are the goods? Who pays for them and by which means? Surely you cannot just walk into a chat room, drop your credit card number and part with the digital loot, or can you? What if you end up being a trade object yourself?
IT security companies and law enforcement organisations have a vested interest in investigating these mechanisms. The information is vital for everyone implementing IT security as well. You have to know who is up against you and why. This is the basic information every defender needs to possess, and proper knowledge is one of the few advantages you can use for the protection of your assets.
Alan Kakareka will address these questions in his talk Insight Into Russian Black Market. He will give you an insight into the underground and explain which “products” are traded by criminals. If you are in charge of securing the digital heart of your enterprise or implement security, then you should listen to this talk.