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Dark Web Selling Alleged Western Weapons Sent to Ukraine

 

According to the recent reports, various weapon marketplaces on the dark websites have been listing military-grade firearms that are coming from Western countries to support the Ukrainian army in its fight against Russian aggression. 

These weapons were illegally put aside from the received supplies and are now made available to terrorists who are looking to buy rocket launchers and other deadly attack systems. 

This data has been released by Israeli cyber-intelligence specialist KELA who found military weapons listed by Ukrainians on various dark web markets. The report further read that one marketplace was tracked as “Thief,” which had a total number of 9 listings from three sellers associated with Ukraine.

Another seller named “Weapons Ukraine,” sells rifles, grenades, and bulletproof vests for amounts ranging from $1,100 to $3,600, and promises delivery in Ukraine. As per the statistics of the website, 32 users have completed purchases from the site however no user has left a review yet. 

Subsequently, another market that is supplying weapons allegedly to Ukraine by NATO countries is the "Black Market Guns," which offers U.S.-made Switchblade 600 Kamikaze Drone for $7,000 and NLAW anti-tank missiles for $15,000. 

However, the coordination of the publication on various platforms increases the chances of this being a part of a large disinformation scam campaign to take advantage of the current political situation of the county for profit. 

While the listings of these weapons seem genuine with the price of weapons also being offered realistically, the chances of them being created by pro-Russian malicious actors for propaganda purposes are high. If that is the case, pro-Russian media houses could use this information as real to serve their purposes. And at this time, the authenticity of these listed weapons from Ukraine on the dark market websites cannot be verified.

Biden Prolongs National Emergency Amid Increasing Cyber Threats

 

In the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the increasing risk of cybersecurity threats against U.S. national security, economy, and foreign policy has prompted President Joe Biden to extend the state of national emergency which was originally declared by former President Barack Obama in April 2015. 

The national emergency period has been extended after the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has published a warning regarding possible Russian state-sponsored cyberattacks against U.S. organizations following the invasion of Ukraine. 

The war between Russia and Ukraine will be the main topic at Thursday's NATO meeting, in which Biden's administration will rally western allies and announce a new round of financial sanctions against the Russian government, and Biden is expected to announce sanctions on hundreds of Russians serving in the country's lower legislative body, it is being observed that further sanctions will increase cybersecurity threats against U.S government. 

Last month, U.S. organizations have been altered by the CISA and the FBI regarding the potential spillover of data wiping attacks against Ukraine. 

"Significant malicious cyber-enabled activities originating from or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13694 with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities," said Biden. 

On Tuesday, Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that the administration believes that right now "they have effective posture today for what's necessary today," but further he said that Biden and NATO allies will discuss "longer-term adjustments to NATO force posture on the eastern flank."