A six-month investigation of 17 popular Dark Web and Deep Web hacking and cyber-crime marketplaces has revealed which of the illegal products exchanged on these portals today are the most popular.
The study, carried out by Ericsson Marin, Ahmad Diab, and Paulo Shakarian from Arizona State University, involved scraping these 17 websites at different times, in order to create a portfolio of the products sold on them.
Scraped sites included Dark Web marketplaces accessible only via a Dark Web connection, but also Deep Web marketplaces, the ones available on the public Internet, but where search engines are blocked from entering, usually via password-protected accounts.
Carding products are the most popular items
Once the researchers managed to get access and scrape these websites, they gathered all the data and used both manual and automated procedures to classify the details in different categories, per marketplace, and per author.