Rise of the Dark.Commodity

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In traditional markets, the term “commodity” refers to a basic good including grains, gold, beef, oil and natural gas used in commerce as inputs in the production of other goods or services. Within the Dark.Exchange, a “Dark.Commodity” refers to an item of value bought, sold, and traded within the underground economy. Common Dark Commodities include fraudulent passports, personal checking account information , hack-for-hire services and crimeware-as-a-service, illicit pharmaceuticals, counterfeit goods such as steel, and precious metals including gold , silver, and platinum. Using a proprietary ticker framework, the Dark.Exchange enables users to monitor the price of a Dark.Commodity as a means of anticipating attack activities or shifts in crime patterns. Users may also create their own custom ticker symbols to anticipate threats specific to their unique brand, supply chain, human capital, intellectual property, and infrastructure.

As in traditional markets, basic economic principles of supply and demand typically drive the Dark.Commodity market: lower supply (or access) drives up demand, which equals higher prices, and vice versa. Access to a zero-day exploit for example, might lead to a spike in the price of a particular piece of malware. Or, on the demand side, a major breach of consumer PII may lead to market saturation, causing the demand, and therefore price, of PII records to drop. Case in point: The influx of sum 40 million credit and debit card numbers and 70 million records of personal information stolen from Target in 2013 caused the price of PII to fall an estimated 62% throughout the dark market. By observing such spikes, security professionals may detect a breach well in advance of traditional mechanisms or take action will in advance of emerging threats.

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