Telegram becomes an alternative to the dark web for selling stolen dataTelegram has been increasingly used for data sales, malware distribution and other malicious actions
The Telegram closed August with 500 million active users. With so many people, it’s not surprising that there are “bad apples” making illicit use of the messenger. What worries is the fact that criminal activities are increasing there: a survey shows that access to the Telegram by cybercriminals has doubled in recent months, to the point that the platform is already considered an alternative to the dark web.At first glance, the comparison is strange, but it makes sense considering the dynamics of the main criminal activities. Hackers often use dark web pages and forums to trade malware, tools for cyber attacks and, most importantly, data stolen in intrusions.
See the REvil example. This is the name of one of the most dangerous ransomware gangs today. They took a break in July, but apparently got back on track this September . The group maintains pages on the dark web to expose samples of sensitive data captured in attacks and negotiate ransom payments with victims.How does the Telegram enter this story?