Identifying, collecting, and presenting hacker community data: Forums, IRC, carding shops, and DNMs

Po Yi Du, Ning Zhang, Mohammedreza Ebrahimi, Sagar Samtani, Ben Lazarine, Nolan Arnold, Rachael Dunn, Sandeep Suntwal, Guadalupe Angeles, Robert Schweitzer, Hsinchun Chen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Cyber-attacks cost the global economy over $450 billion annually. To combat this issue, researchers and practitioners put enormous efforts into developing Cyber Threat Intelligence, or the process of identifying emerging threats and key hackers. However, the reliance on internal network data to has resulted in inherently reactive intelligence. CTI experts have urged the importance of proactively studying the large, ever-evolving online hacker community. Despite their CTI value, collecting data from hacker community platforms is a non-trivial task. In this paper, we summarize our efforts in systematically identifying and automatically collecting a large-scale of hacker forums, carding shops, Internet-Relay-Chat, and Dark Net Marketplaces. We also present our efforts to provide this data to the larger CTI community via the AZSecure Hacker Assets Portal (www.azsecure-hap.com). With our methodology, we collected 102 platforms for a total of 43,981,647 records. To the best of our knowledge, this compilation of hacker community data is the largest such collection in academia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2018
EditorsDongwon Lee, Ghita Mezzour, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Nitesh Saxena
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages70-75
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538678480
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2018
Event16th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2018 - Miami, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2018Nov 11 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2018

Other

Other16th IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2018
CountryUnited States
CityMiami
Period11/9/1811/11/18

Keywords

  • Carding Shops
  • Dark Net Marketplaces
  • Hacker community data collection
  • Hacker forums
  • Internet-Relay-Chat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Communication

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