Expanding on our last month’s article, we wanted to dive in a bit deeper to some questions about the Dark Web, and how our new ‘ID Agent’ service works to keep you safe.
What is the Dark Web?
This sub-layer of the Internet is hidden from conventional search engines, like Google, BING and Yahoo, which can only search through .04% of the entire indexed internet (called the ‘surface web’). The other 99.96% of the Web consists of databases, private academic and government networks, and the Dark Web. This Dark Web is estimated at 550 times larger than the ‘surface web’ and growing. Because you can operate anonymously, the Dark Web holds a wealth of stolen data and illegal activity.
You don’t need special permission to access the deep or Dark Web. However, accessing the deep or Dark Web requires the use of a “TOR” browser and should only be done using a VPN/encrypted tunnel. In general, we advise against attempting to access the Dark Web.
How does our Dark Web ID Agent Service help protect your organization?
Our service is designed to help your organization detect and mitigate cyber threats that leverage stolen email addresses and passwords. Dark Web ID Agent leverages a combination of human and artificial intelligence that scours botnets, criminal chat rooms, blogs, Websites and bulletin boards, Peer to Peer networks, forums, private networks and other black-market sites 24/7, 365 days a year to identify stolen credentials and other personally identifiable information.
How are the stolen or exposed credentials found on the Dark Web?
Dark Web ID focuses on cyber threats that are specific to our clients’ environments. We monitor the Dark Web and the criminal hacker underground for exposure of our clients’ credentials to malicious individuals. We accomplish this by looking specifically for our client’s top level email domains. When a credential is identified, we harvest it. While we harvest data from typical hacker sites like Pastebin, a lot of our data originates from sites that require credibility or a membership within the hacker community to enter. To that end, we monitor over 500 distinct internet relay chatroom channels, 600,000 private websites, 600 twitter feeds, and execute 10,000 refined queries daily.
If your personal data is found on the Dark Web, can it then be removed?
Once the data is posted for sale within the Dark Web, it is quickly copied and distributed (re-sold or traded) to a large number of cyber criminals, within a short period of time. It is generally implausible to remove data that has been disseminated within the Dark Web. Individuals whose information has been discovered on the Dark Web are encouraged to enroll in an identity and credit monitoring service immediately.
Again: thus far, almost 70% of the businesses we’ve scanned in Central and Southwest Montana have had numerous digital credentials for sale.
Visit www.infosysmt.com/darkweb or give us a call to discuss I.D. Agent service today.