Mapping the Underground: Supervised Discovery of Cybercrime Supply Chains

Rasika Bhalerao, Maxwell Aliapoulios, Ilia Shumailov, Sadia Afroz, Damon Mccoy

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    Abstract

    Understanding the sequences of processes needed to perform a cybercrime is crucial for effective interventions. However, generating these supply chains currently requires time-consuming manual effort. We propose a method that leverages machine learning and graph-based analysis to efficiently extract supply chains from cybercrime forums. Our supply chain detection algorithm can identify 33% and 42% relevant chains within major English and Russian forums, respectively, showing improvements over the baselines of 11% and 5%, respectively. Our analysis of the supply chains demonstrates underlying connections between products and services that are potentially useful understanding and undermining the illicit activity of these forums. For example, our extracted supply chains illuminate cash out and money laundering techniques and their importance to the functioning of these forums.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2019
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    ISBN (Electronic)9781728163833
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 2019
    Event2019 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2019 - Pittsburgh, United States
    Duration: Nov 13 2019Nov 15 2019

    Publication series

    NameeCrime Researchers Summit, eCrime
    Volume2019-November
    ISSN (Print)2159-1237
    ISSN (Electronic)2159-1245

    Conference

    Conference2019 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2019
    CountryUnited States
    CityPittsburgh
    Period11/13/1911/15/19

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    Keywords

    • Cybercrime
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Security

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Information Systems
    • Information Systems and Management

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    Bhalerao, R., Aliapoulios, M., Shumailov, I., Afroz, S., & Mccoy, D. (2019). Mapping the Underground: Supervised Discovery of Cybercrime Supply Chains. In Proceedings of the 2019 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, eCrime 2019 [9037582] (eCrime Researchers Summit, eCrime; Vol. 2019-November). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/eCrime47957.2019.9037582