Cybercriminals name and shame fellow scammers in new service

Ripper.cc is a database of known ‘rippers’ – those who rob others on the dark web and other criminal marketplaces

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Cybercriminals name and shame fellow scammers in new service The service, Ripper.cc, was created in 2016
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 5, 2017

Cybercriminals have set up a service to protect themselves from being ‘ripped off' by their fellow criminal cohort.

The service, Ripper.cc, was created in 2016 and is the only service to keep a database of scammers who steal from others on the dark web and other criminal marketplaces, they are known as ‘rippers'.

Rippers are a major problem for those participating in the cybercrime economy as they often sell fake social media credentials; invalid or used stolen credit cards and steal money by not delivering promised services and goods.

Digital Shadows has been tracking the site since it was formed. Michael Marriott, security researcher at Digital Shadows, said: "Ripper.cc is another example of the industrialisation of hacking and the growing professionalism of cybercrime. If such a service becomes successful, it enables cyber criminals to significantly reduce the risks associated with rippers and the overall cybercrime economy can become more profitable allowing for further growth."

Ripper.cc is designed to address the theft issue and keeps profile information includes contact and identification information, as well as the details of the specific fraud the ripper is accused of.

Services like this help negate a problem for cybercriminals, that when using marketplaces profits decrease for ‘legitimate' buyers and sellers, and slow down transactions making cyberattacks less lucrative.

Digital Shadows also recognised that those offering the Ripper.cc service have already developed Firefox and Chrome extensions to enable the functionality to operate across as many forums and marketplaces as possible. In addition, they are looking to monetise the service in a manner that appears to mirror legitimate business models.

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