Firstly, before we go into more detail about Dark Web Monitoring, I’d like to explain what the Dark Web actually is.
What Is The Dark Web?
The Dark Web (who’s origin is traced back to being created by the US Navy) is made up of hidden websites that you can’t access without special software or tools. The Dark Web allows users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable. Dark websites don’t appear when Googling or using any other search engines.
There are a lot of genuine reasons for using the Dark Web but it has also become a place where criminals are carrying out Cyber-Crime. For example, if you’re selling online databases of people’s personal information such as credit card details or website login information, you would want to hide your location so that you can’t be identified by the authorities. That’s why criminals are utilising the Dark Web to the full.
We wrote this blog about what the Dark Web knows about you and your business back in November last year.
What Is Dark Web Monitoring?
To put it simply it is identity theft detection and enables you to monitor your identity information on the Dark Web and receive notifications if your information is found online.
Below is an example of our Dark Web Monitoring in action. It’s a notice we received from our monitoring tool:
One of our customers was either tricked into providing their login details or the site they use was hacked. It shows their username and password when they log in to the report. It’s quite scary but because they have Dark Web Monitoring at least they know there has been a breach and can act before the bad guys do anything nasty, as opposed to sitting back ignorant that they are haemorrhaging data and putting his customers and company at risk.
Why Do I Need Dark Web Monitoring?
Let’s put it another way. Would you like your personal or company data being used by Cyber Criminals to do things like:
- Make fraudulent transactions
- Launch Cyber Attacks using your credentials
- Use your data or your client data for illegal purposes
This recent article shows that over 23 million stolen credit cards are being traded on the Dark Web, with the UK being one of the most common sources of stolen credit card data.
So that’s why you need Dark Web Monitoring…to make sure that if your data ends up on the Dark Web you are alerted to it and can take action before it’s too late!
To find out more about our Dark Web Monitoring Tools, give us a shout!