An Analysis of Cybercriminal Communications Strategies

To understand the most common services used worldwide by criminals is to better understand what your organization can do to mitigate risk.


Flashpoint’s latest research examines how cybercriminals across multiple regions have evolved their communication strategies. Based on Deep & Dark Web data collected between 2012 and 2016, the report analyzes the use of ten messaging services* among Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Persian/Farsi, and English-speaking cybercriminals.

This research addresses the following questions:

•  Which nation state is the trendsetter in selecting messaging services and why? 

•  The widespread popularity of which messaging service demonstrates that convenience often outweighs sophistication?

•  Which application was most popular among English-speaking cybercriminals in 2012 and what do those results look like today?

This research aims to help security and risk teams direct intelligence-led initiatives while cultivating an increased understanding of the complex variables driving cybercrime.

* Messaging services include: ICQ, Skype, Jabber, PGP, AOL Instant Messenger, Telegram, WeChat, QQ, WhatsApp and Kik

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