Malware and Exploits on the Dark Web

Jonah Burgess

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In recent years, the darknet has become the key location for the distribution of malware and exploits. We have seen scenarios where software vulnerabilities have been disclosed by vendors and shortly after, operational exploits are available on darknet forums and marketplaces. Many marketplace vendors offer zero-day exploits that have not yet been discovered or disclosed. This trend has led to security companies offering darknet analysis services to detect new exploits and malware, providing proactive threat intelligence. This paper presents information on the scale of malware distribution, the trends of malware types offered, the methods for discovering new exploits and the effectiveness of darknet analysis in detecting malware at the earliest possible stage.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusUnpublished - 14 Mar 2017


  • Dark Web
  • Darknet
  • Cryptomarkets
  • Tor
  • Crimeware
  • Hacker Forums
  • Malware
  • Exploits
  • Zero-days
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Cyber-Security


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