By the end of 2022, dark web sales have doubled after falling sharply during the year.
Kaspersky Lab specialists analyzed ads on 226 darknet platforms and forums, as well as in 489 public channels of cybercriminals in Telegram.
The analysis showed that the total number of messages mentioning the use of guarantors - intermediaries whose services are used by attackers to reduce risks - over the past 3 years exceeded 1 million, of which almost 313 thousand were published in 2022.
In addition, for most of 2022, there was a decline in the activity of cybercriminals on the dark web, including transactions with guarantors. According to Kaspersky Lab, in January 2022 there were more than 50,000 relevant ads, and in June this number dropped to 19,500. Experts believe that the decline could be caused by the aggravation of the geopolitical situation - many hackers temporarily or completely stopped their activities and moved to a new location residence.
By October 2022, the number of mentions of guarantors in ads on the dark web began to grow again. In December, the scam activity figures were almost equal to those at the beginning of the year - the number of ads was already about 40,000.
An expert at the Center for Analytics of External Digital Risks said that traditional cybercriminal activity in February-March 2022 fell to almost zero.
The founder of the data leak intelligence and darknet monitoring service noted that some fraudulent schemes also became impossible due to restrictions on cross-border transfers and bank cards.