The Digital Underground is the dark side of the Internet and home for hackers, cybercriminals, and fraudsters. The Digital Underground is where they come together to collaborate, exchange information, and buy and sell a wide range of illicit goods, services and compromised data.

Part of the Digital Underground is publicly accessible, though much of the activity takes place on the “Dark Web” or the “Deep Web” which are anonymous and inaccessible to most users. The Digital Underground is vast and rapidly growing.

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What is in the digital underground?

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What is in the digital underground?

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What makes up the digital underground?

Marketplaces

Online shops that facilitate the trafficking of illicit goods, services and compromised data.

Peer-to-peer messaging

Desktop and mobile messaging platforms that facilitate encrypted communication between individuals and groups.

Communities

Online forums and chat rooms that facilitate collaboration, training, and information sharing.

Malware infrastructure

Technical infrastructure operating malware campaigns and botnets.