Deals on the dark web on Friday included 20 per cent off the price of weapons
The black market in stolen goods, illegal drugs and weapons that exists on the dark web is not immune to the forces of capitalism – and that applies to the discount bonanza underway for Black Friday.
SALESPEOPLE ON THE UNDERGROUND CRIMINAL MARKETPLACE
Salespeople on the underground criminal marketplace, known for offering buyers illicit items from fake train tickets to drugs to weapons, decided to cash in on the hype over the weekend of reduced price shopping and drop the price of their goods.
DEALS ON THE DARK WEB ON FRIDAY
Deals on the dark web on Friday included 20 per cent off the price of weapons and discounted bundles of financial data, which could have been stolen in hacks, such as the recent breach of Friend Finder Networks. For example, one seller offered 20 per cent off the price of a knuckle-duster and 15 per cent off on a taser.
There were also stolen credit card details and account numbers for sale, as well as deals on drugs, including marijuana and uncut cocaine.
The deals are perhaps not so surprising, given the dark web’s reputation for being home to self-regulated marketplaces similar to Amazon and eBay that include user reviews and product descriptions. But it may still come as a surprise that it offers deals around constructed holidays like Black Friday.
The items were discovered by the sleuths at Digital Shadows who monitor the dark web for their clients, who warned that the professionalism of cybercrime is another example of the threat individuals and businesses face online.
“Once again we can see how professional the cybercriminal underworld is in their operations,” said James Chappell, chief technology officer and co-founder of Digital Shadows.
“The days of amateurs showing off their computing skills have long gone, today criminal gangs control the majority of cybercrime. They deploy professional tactics to compromise our computers and networks, and utilize ‘best’ retail practice to monetize their gains.