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Cybercrime Reaps Technological & Real-Life Havoc in Collaborative Groups

July 17, 2019

While Predictive Analysis Tools Breaks Down Group Data & Real-Time Insights to Prevent It

While organized crime has been investigated and researched for years, the recent phenomenon of endless cyberattacks and cybercriminal collaborations that continue to advance with technology have taken statistics to an entirely new level of concern, with the internet’s boundless possibilities for illegal activities.  Academic research and heavy analysis of cybercriminal groups has been broken down by various parties, with critical results heavily based on real-life incidents, statistics and deep investigations of collaboration and motives applied for predictive analysis and prevention of cybercrime. Intelligent insights generated by cyber crime investigation solutions clearly identify repeating patterns of behavior and relations between group members, from common ground and motivation like money, religion and political beliefs, to mere malicious self-entertaining fiascos that reap havoc on businesses, politicians, ordinary civilians and other driving factors.

By understanding the motivation, structure and techniques of renowned cybercriminal groups with cutting-edge technology, data can be continuously collected and crunched for predictive analysis to help bypass global or local fiascos of cyberattacks or cybercriminal activity.  Renowned organizations like the FBI, federal US and European national government offices, policing, law enforcement, and leading financial and political companies and parties are all using the likes of cyber crime investigation solutions that included social media intelligence, face recognition and predictive analysis to proactively fight cybercrime. Let’s explore in greater depth.

Highlights of Cybercriminals Collaborating in Dark Places: Patterns of Groups & Member Behavior

Lone wolf hackers are malicious cybercriminals that can be found everywhere on the dark web. But what about packs of hungry hacking wolves, ready to cause damage? Affecting everything from business operations of grand enterprises, to government political campaigns hacked and tainted, to full networks crashes, groups of cybercriminals reach into system depths of servers to acquire sensitive and valuable data, often sold or used for ransom claims, threats and collateral to leverage their activities.

High profile cyberattacks include the initiatives of hate groups targeting minorities like the African American population, LGBT community, along with children targeted by pedophiles, businesses targeted by angry hackers looking to minimize their success due to moral beliefs, religion or political views, money, monopoly boycotts and more. Some examples include the political hack against Trump during his 2017 inauguration, whereby an ad-hoc group was formed against the president with a DDoS (Denial-of-Service) distribution online, a call to action that requested the public protest Trump’s rise to power. The American public was motivated to express the will of the American people – essentially hoping that Trump’s move into office would be either canceled or complex beyond belief. While canceled due to the severe legal ramifications the online protest could have incurred, the power of online groups and their motives is evident, and the principles transferable to many other incidents.

Other attacks are planned, premeditated and formed out of well-known groups like Anonymous, a high-profile group leading online attacks, including aggressive ones against the FBI, US Department of Justice, and US Copyright office, along with manifesto-style declarations of battle on banks and stock markets. In good company, Anonymous is not alone or the sole hacker group to pinpoint as perpetrators of crime, as Lulzsec stole confidential and discrete data from 24.6 million individuals via a Sony Play Station hack, or look at Lizard Squad that literally led to high stakes of flight disruption with a bomb scare by forcing Sony’s PlayStation Network offline. The list goes on, the damages are often devastating, but we notice a theme: painstaking events that cause lifechanging detriment and potential repercussions to the parties, individuals or organizations at which the cyber-attacks are targeted, all with a trail of communication that can be traced with sophisticated artificial intelligence embedded in cyber crime investigation solutions.

What’s In it for Cybercriminals? Assessing Behavioral Patterns for Predictive Analysis & Prevention

So what’s in for the hackers, lone wolves that join forces to form a pack of vicious instigators of cybercrime  together, as they hunt the depths of the internet for dark opportunities to crash servers, destroy businesses, reputations, max-out credit cards or sell high limit card numbers, along with enjoying the thrill of robbing individuals and corporations of their dignity? It really depends on the type of cybercriminal and their motives.

“Critical in this regard is the understanding of motive: the transition from initial motive to sustaining motive, overlapping motives, and the prediction of evolving motives, along with an understanding of primary and secondary gains,” indicates a study and research-based article that heavily evaluates cybercriminal groups and motives, prevention of attacks and more. As cybercriminal’s motives are broad ranging from funds to power and politics, religious beliefs, and statements, understanding the depths of their motives and why they perform malicious acts of infinitely damaging technology breaches helps prevent them.

The Solution: Predictive Analysis via Social Media Intelligence & Face Recognition and More

Today, law enforcement and government agencies use investigation tools (also known as OSINT tools) that include predictive analysis, face recognition technology, and social media intelligence to gain a deep look at groups’ main actors and their surrounding participants to target them. With predictive data indicating the sentiment, motives and geo-locations of cybercriminals, breaking down fully synched cybercriminal clans, with each member possibly located in different corners of the globe, is simplified and smooth, creating a safer world on and offline.

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