Research Report

Instant Messaging Mayhem - Communication Channel of Choice for Cybercriminals

Cybercriminals are migrating from traditional dark web forums and black markets to a much more accessible medium of communication: instant messaging. IM platforms enable threat actors to take their transactions to encrypted chats that protect them from law enforcement raids and corporate-employed threat hunters. Decentralized IM protocols allow users to create private networks with full ownership and customizable features, giving cybercriminals more control of trade.

Download this report to learn about:

  • The increase in cybercriminal IM use, including the platforms that are linked to most frequently on the dark web
  • The enhanced features of modern IM platforms that allow threat actors to customize their advertising and selling experience
  • Security vulnerabilities inherent to IM platforms that keep hackers in fear of drawing the gaze of law enforcement agents