Malware Trends on ‘Darknet’ Crypto-Markets: Research Review

99 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2018 Last revised: 16 Sep 2018

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Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

David Lord

Australian National University (ANU)

Donald Maxim

(ANU) - Cybercrime Observatory

Hannah Woodford-Smith

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Corey Johnston

Australian National University (ANU), Institute of Advanced Studies, Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS), School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet), Students

Ho Woon Chung

The Australian National University

Samara Carroll

Australian National University (ANU), Students

Harshit Trivedi

ANU Cybercrime Observatory; Australian National University

Bianca Sabol

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Date Written: August 6, 2018

Abstract

This is an overview of current trends in online illicit crypto-markets or dark-nets, including the key role of virtual crypto-currencies in their operation. The focus is on the different kinds of digital products that are found in these on-line ‘dark markets’. Primary data was collected from relevant websites accessed via The Onion Router (Tor). Tor allows anonymous encrypted communication between web-sites, and data capture over several months from one of the largest crypto-markets currently active - Dream Market enabled a description of short-term trends in the different malware products and their costs as available in underground or ‘dark-net’ crypto-markets.

Keywords: cybercrime, malware, crypto-markets

Suggested Citation

Broadhurst, Roderic and Lord, David and Maxim, Donald and Woodford-Smith, Hannah and Johnston, Corey and Chung, Ho Woon and Carroll, Samara and Trivedi, Harshit and Sabol, Bianca, Malware Trends on ‘Darknet’ Crypto-Markets: Research Review (August 6, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3226758 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3226758

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

David Lord

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Donald Maxim

(ANU) - Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

Hannah Woodford-Smith

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Corey Johnston

Australian National University (ANU), Institute of Advanced Studies, Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS), School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet), Students ( email )

Canberra
Australia

Ho Woon Chung

The Australian National University ( email )

Coombs Extension Building 8
The Australian National University
Canberra, 2601
Australia
0451004167 (Phone)

Samara Carroll

Australian National University (ANU), Students ( email )

Canberra
Australia

Harshit Trivedi

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

ANU Cybercrime Observatory
Coombs Ext, Building 8
Canberra, 2601
Australia

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.anu.edu.au/

Bianca Sabol

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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