Tuesday, March 14, 2017

AlphaBay: Avenue on the “new” Silk Road?

Carding forum AlphaBay’s (AB) rules, posted on Twitter, have sparked debate in the underground that the forum is controlled by malicious actors in Russia. Rumors of AB being linked to Russian organized crime are not new, but rules prohibiting malware that targets Russian citizens or the sale of financial information on Russian citizens lends credence to such claims. Russian carding forums routinely include rules of this type to avoid drawing the attention of Russian authorities. AB’s adoption of such rules can only help them in their efforts to become the dominant underground marketplace for illicit goods and activities online. 

Wapack Labs has cataloged and extensively reported on Russian cyber activity in the past. An archive of related reporting can be found in the Red Sky Alliance Portal.