Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Cybercrime Se Habla Español: Inside the Underground

Flashpoint's Liv Rowley Traces Spanish Language Hacker Forums in Latin America
Liv Rowley, intelligence analyst, Flashpoint

Hacking is truly a global phenomenon; it's pervasive in Spanish-speaking Latin America, says Liv Rowley, an intelligence analyst at Flashpoint.

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Rowley has been tracing the region's top dark web forum, Cebolla Chan 3.0 - cebolla is Spanish for "onion." The cybercrime-focused forum is so popular that it's even got its own fan videos on YouTube. And like other hacking-focused forums, she says it provides a ready supply of everything from hacking tools to know-how (see Cybercrime as a Service: Tools + Knowledge = Profit).

In a video interview at RSA Conference 2018, Rowley discusses:

  • The nuances of Latin American hacker forums;
  • How Cebolla Chan 3.0 went dark, then mysteriously reappeared;
  • Cebolla Chan's cult of personality.

Rowley is a cybercrime intelligence analyst focusing on the deep and dark web at Flashpoint. She delivered a presentation on "Cebolla Chan 3.0: A Window into the Chaotic Spanish-Language Underground" at the RSA 2018 conference in San Francisco.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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