IntSights and CipherTrace Reveal Systemic Cybercrime Ecosystem in Latin America as Attackers Target Global Organizations
February 27, 2020
Global Threat Intelligence Firm and Leader in Cryptocurrency Intelligence Identify Cybercrime Culture as GeoPolitical Tensions Increase in LATAM
NEW YORK & San Francisco, CA, February 27, 2020 - IntSights, the threat intelligence company focused on enabling enterprises to Defend Forward™, and CipherTrace, the leader in cryptocurrency intelligence for enabling the blockchain economy, partnered to release the industry’s first deep dive into the cybercrime and crypto-economy of Latin American in the report, The Dark Side of Latin America: Cryptocurrency, Cartels, Carding, and the Rise of Cybercrime.
Latin America boasts some of the most sophisticated threat actors and organized crime groups in the world, but enterprise security teams without a presence in the region often overlook it. Economic struggles, political corruption, internet censorship, and the prevalence of organized crime in Latin America all contribute to the growth of cybercrime. Companies across the region and beyond are struggling to keep up with threat actors that are financially motivated, coordinated, and persistent in their efforts to fraud, scam, and steal from consumers and businesses alike.
“Cybercrime in LATAM happens out in the open, through open-source channels. This highlights the lack of government response and cultural acceptance of cybercrime as an alternative way to make money,” said Charity Wright, Cyber Threat Intelligence Advisor, IntSights. “These cybercriminals are not forming advanced persistent threat (APT) groups, but rather are partnering with local cartels and drug groups to expand businesses and opportunities. This cybercrime ecosystem is now extending beyond the continent to countries and organizations that underestimate the sophistication and impact of attacks emanating from LATAM.”
Threat finance is evolving in Latin America as organized crime groups turn to cryptocurrency to launder large sums of money and dive into the dark web to find hackers for hire. Latin American countries top the list of the world’s most active money laundering nations. The constant flow of money in the organized crime community feeds into dark web markets and into the cybercrime ecosystem. Organized crime groups and drug cartels in Latin America are taking advantage of technological advances in digital banking and money transfers.
“LATAM cybercriminals are operating almost exclusively through unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges, capitalizing on the anonymity cryptocurrency offers. While these exchanges are popular, some bad actors still use trusted networks or illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) exchanges to launder their cryptocurrency. Although this method is not novel, it is evolving with the introduction of cryptocurrencies in the criminal underground and is enabled by widespread political corruption in many countries,” said Pamela Clegg, Director of Financial Investigations and Education, CipherTrace.
IntSights is proud to partner on this report with regional cybersecurity experts CipherTrace and Scitum. Our shared expertise in serving Latin American enterprises with incident response, information security, and intelligence makes this report the first of its kind to address multiple aspects of criminal behavior, its effects on enterprises worldwide, and practical methods for protecting organizations against these threats.
CipherTrace enables the blockchain economy. The company’s mission includes protecting financial institutions from compliance risks and making it easier for them to serve trusted crypto asset business customers. The world’s leading cryptocurrency intelligence also streamlines AML compliance for cryptocurrency exchanges and keeps bad actors off exchanges and other virtual asset service providers. Monitoring solutions help to grow the crypto ecosystem by making virtual assets safe and accepted by governments. And the world’s best blockchain forensics tools speed investigations of eCrimes.
The company was founded in 2015 by experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with deep expertise in cybersecurity, eCrime, payments, banking, encryption, and virtual currencies. The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) and DARPA initially funded CipherTrace. For more information, visit www.CipherTrace.com or follow us on Twitter @CipherTrace.
IntSights is revolutionizing cybersecurity operations with the industry’s only all-in-one external threat protection platform designed to neutralize cyberattacks outside the wire. Our unique cyber reconnaissance capabilities enable continuous monitoring of an enterprise’s external digital profile across the clear, deep, and dark web to identify emerging threats and orchestrate proactive response. Tailored threat intelligence that seamlessly integrates with security infrastructure for dynamic defense has made IntSights one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity companies in the world. IntSights has offices in Amsterdam, Boston, Dallas, New York, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo. To learn more, visit: intsights.com or connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.