JP Buntinx reports:
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been keeping a close eye on the darknet marketplace sector as of late. During one of their investigations, they came across a person building clone websites of platforms such as AlphaBay. As it turns out, these were deliberate phishing attempts to collect login information from users and hack their accounts.
Phishing The Darknet For Logins and Bitcoins
After being arrested by the New Haven Division cybercrime squad, it didn’t take long for Richo to admit he was running a phishing scheme. Moreover, he admitted he created the websites, submitted the links to popular platforms, and stealing Bitcoins. For now, it remains unclear where the links were posted, albeit Reddit and darknet forums seem to be likely candidates.
Once the username and password for a particular platform were collected, Richo would access that account on the legitimate website. He would then check all accounts for a Bitcoin wallet balance, and withdraw any funds that may be present. Richo also kept tabs on these accounts to monitor for any incoming deposits, and sluice those proceedings away as soon as possible.
To make matters even worse, Richo admitted to running a secondary scheme to steal Bitcoin wallet balances By using a tool he dubbed “Bitcoin monitor”, he could post links that would route all traffic through his own servers. Doing so allows him to monitor all user keystrokes, enabling him to steal even more Bitcoin funds.
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