What is Dark Web?
You might have heard of it from the TV or from the news, but what really is it?
The dark web is a part of the internet that isn’t indexed by search engines.
You heard it right, you can’t access it through Google or Internet explorer(doubt you’re still on it)
Through the dark web, private computer networks can communicate and conduct business anonymously without divulging identifying information, such as a user’s location.
And you’ve no doubt heard talk of the “dark web” as a hotbed of criminal activity — and it is.
A 2019 study, Into the Web of Profit, conducted by Dr. Michael McGuires at the University of Surrey, shows that things have become worse.
The number of dark web listings that could harm an enterprise has risen by 20% since 2016. Of all listings (excluding those selling drugs), 60% could potentially harm enterprises.
The password problem
Data breaches through phishing, malware and other types of attacks results to approximately $10,575.34 in global average cost per day.
Accounts are often then dumped on hacker forums or put up on the dark web, a collection of websites that can only be accessed by a special type of browser.
Hackers buy databases of stolen passwords and bombard other websites with them until one works, a common technique known as credential stuffing.
Certain passwords on the dark web, particularly those that provide access to financial or medical information, can sell for as much as $1,000 apiece.
Those numbers aren’t made up, can’t imagine your personal/customer information are in someone’s shopping cart?
There are numerous ways to prevent your credentials to land on the dark web where you become vulnerable.
Whatever technologies you leverage, build them in to your environment and automate the process.
Automate your security measures wherever possible.
If you’re unsure of what to do next for yourself.
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