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Dark Web is Closer Than You Think: Bromium Web of Profit

April 19, 2019 Category: Into the Web of Profit, Uncategorized By: Dr Michael McGuire Comments: 0

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, finding out the latest news or posting photos and videos. But in the latest chapter of Into the Web of Profit, I discovered a whole new aspect of social media that’s hidden in plain sight. Cybercriminals, just like businesses, are using social media platforms to promote and sell their tools and services. Simply going on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and conducting a few searches led me deep into the rabbit hole of the cybercrime world. I was shocked to see the extent to which social media is being exploited by cybercriminals, not just as a tool to spread malware, but as a shopping destination for their expertise and their pro