As the U.S. economy takes investors on a wild ride, turning all the usual indicators topsy-turvy and sparking concern that the bear will usurp the bull, one market seems to be on a perpetual upswing — cybercrime. Threat intelligence researchers agree that adversaries are well connected in the sophisticated virtual labyrinths of the dark web, providing a supportive yet disparate ecosystem cloaked in anonymity.

Despite law enforcement shutdowns of the popular illicit marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa 18 months ago, new underground storefronts continue to spring up to help facilitate the sale of stolen PII that’s increasingly robust, even including voter records.

“The [hacker] ecosystem is alive and responds to setbacks,” says McAfee Chief Scientist Raj Samani, noting the emergence of Tor shops and Telegram groups after the AlphaBay and Hamsa takedowns.

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