Cybercrime Economy: An Analysis of Cybercriminal Communication Strategies

Malicious actors’ widespread preference for encrypted tools and services continues to fuel the ongoing debate over encryption. While jihadist groups such as ISIS first drew public attention to the issue during the high-profile battle between the FBI and Apple over the mobile phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters in 2015, various threat actor groups have long relied on encryption to conceal their illicit activities and conversations. Cybercriminals are one such group. Not only does their ubiquitous usage of encrypted communication tools further perpetuate the “encryption debate”, it presents countless challenges for organizations seeking to gain visibility into the cyber threat landscape and combat cybercrime.

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April 19, 2017