Recommended Prerequisite: None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
The dark web is often seen as a mysterious and malevolent creature, built out of the myths and legends created by popular media and clickbait headlines. In reality, the dark web is home to a vibrant and thriving criminal ecosystem, with a resilient fraud trade at the center of the action. Inaccurately portrayed as a playground for hitmen and human traffickers, the dark web is, instead, a place where fraudsters leverage tools, tactics, and technology to build scalable business models, collect and co-opt sensitive data, and exploit organizations around the clock. What is the dark web fraud economy? What drives it? What can we do about it?
This session will go beyond high-level introductions to the idea of the dark web and provide you with a tactical view of what the dark web is, how it works, and how fraudsters function, trade, and scheme together in the criminal underground. This session connects the dots, demonstrating how compromised data and community tradecraft create the fraud lifecycle we see today. You will come away understanding how the fraudsters do what they do, how the dark web helps, and how things are changing — for better and for worse.
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VP of Research, Terbium Labs
Emily Wilson is the VP of Research at Terbium Labs, a dark web intelligence company. Wilson directs Terbium's strategic research programs, where she focuses on the dark web, the criminal economy for personal information and stolen payment cards, and the increasing overlap between fraud and cybercrime. Before her current role, she served as director of analysis at Terbium Labs, where she managed Terbium’s operational analysis team in identifying and investigating sensitive client data on the dark web. Wilson is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a regular guest on industry shows like The Cyberwire Podcast, and frequently speaks at conferences, industry events, and trainings.
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