In the fast-moving world of cyberthreat intelligence, knowing the right vocabulary is critical – especially when it comes to the deep and dark web.
When hackers and other threat actors want to anonymously communicate with one another about their criminal plots, the underground forums and groups of the deep and dark web are their go-to channels. That also makes the dark web a valuable source of insights that can provide early warnings to cybersecurity professionals looking to prevent or mitigate cyberattacks.
Actors in these forums use a unique lexicon to communicate. This is for two reasons – because the terminology refers to novel methods of criminal activity that were previously unnamed, and because it distinguishes the elite hackers (l33ts) from the beginners (n00bs). For an intel analyst, knowing the most common jargon used on the dark web can help make sense of the messages bad actors send and also act as keywords in order to search for and find relevant criminal discourse.
That’s why last September, we at Cybersixgill introduced DarkWebster, an initiative to help cybersecurity and other professionals expand their knowledge of the key terminology used on the dark web. Now, it’s also the reason we’ve created our latest eBook – Jargon of the Dark Web: 23 Must-Know Slang Terms for Cyberthreat Intel Professionals.
We invite you to download it today to bolster your understanding of the essential vocabulary of the dark web.
Looking back – and looking forward
Back in September, we kicked off DarkWebster with the term noobs (or n00bs) – a fitting start to this initiative. Since then, we have published weekly videos introducing our online audience to a variety of must-know dark web lexicon, covering topics including hacking tools, account compromise, financial fraud, and more.
Our latest eBook explains 23 of these terms, giving you one convenient place to familiarize yourself with all of them. Not only does this guide include definitions for each of these terms, but it provides context and an explanation of how they reflect the key trends, threats, and dynamics of the dark web.
Going forward, we’re excited to continue the DarkWebster project, and you’ll be able to find more quick videos introducing you to additional terms from the dark web on our YouTube channel (as well as our pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter). After all, the dark web is constantly changing, and so are the threats that are discussed there (as well as the threat actors behind them). That makes keeping up with the latest vocabulary and concepts from underground forums an important ongoing project for any professional who works with cyberthreat intelligence.
Ready to bolster your understanding of the dark web by learning its key vocabulary? Get Jargon of the Dark Web: 23 Must-Know Slang Terms for Cyberthreat Intel Professionals today.