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What is the Dark Web?

Dark webNowadays, the digital equivalent of the wild west is called the Dark Web. The dark web is a subset of the internet that is intentionally hidden and not indexed. To access the Dark Web, a specific browser, like Tor, is required. Unavailable to the casual internet user, the Dark Web houses a treasure trove of stolen information, offering it for sale and trade on chat groups and online forums.

People buy, sell and trade collections of personal information, credit cards, health records, and a wealth of other information with impunity. Hackers will also sell various hacking tools on the dark web for other cyber criminals to use. Malware as a service has become the norm, with a few cyber criminals developing tools for other would-be criminals to use.

One of the biggest challenges of the dark web is there is no easy way for law enforcement to police the Dark Web, let alone capture the bad guys. Unfortunately, once your stolen information is for sale on the Dark Web, there is little anyone can do to stop it.

How does the activity on the Dark Web affect the average business owner?

Unfortunately, criminals on the Dark Web often sell data they have found from hacking businesses. This data includes things like employee personal information, admin passwords, customer information, credit card data and company trade secrets.

How does QuickProtect help?

QuickProtect can help by proactively monitoring the Dark Web for a potential breach of your company’s information. We look for evidence of account compromises and watch for PII (Personally Identifiable Information) such as home addresses and social insurance/social security numbers. To learn more about Dark Web monitoring, contact us today.

Topics: cyber security Breach