The dark web works similar to the Internet we all know and use every day. It utilizes the same framework and networks the regular Internet uses. However, the dark web is part of the internet that isn't visible to search engines and requires the use of an anonymizing browser called Tor for access.
Within the dark web lies a criminal marketplace that facilitates the sale of stolen credentials and identities. And more often than not, when they succeed it’s because credentials have been compromised.
Overview of the Web
The Three Levels of the Web
- Public Web: 4% of the Internet
This includes Information you would typically find on search engines. If you're like most people, this is where you spend most of your time.
- Deep Web: 93% of the Internet
Information that is not indexed by search engines and does not require authentication. These sites won't show up in any search results. The deep web includes:
- Internal Company Sites
- School Intranets
- Online Databases
- Members-Only Websites or Pages Behind Paywalls
These sites may live in this space because they're something owners don't want accessible to the public. Many deep web sites are legal, just purposely hidden. Sometimes you may hear the deep web referred to as a bad place to go, but that's usually because many people confuse the deep web with the dark web.
Dark Web: 3% of the Internet
Information that is not accessible by regular Internet browsers. The dark web isn't an actual place, but rather a hidden network of websites. While it requires special resources, it's just a matter of steps and getting certain systems set up that provide a way in for those looking to join the dark web and keep information such as their IP address hidden.
Dark Web visitors utilize anonymity software to mask their true identities. When you log on to a website, IP addresses trace online activity on your computer. But on the dark web, with the masking software activated, a computer takes a randomized path to its file destination, bouncing around encrypted connections to ultimately mask both location and identity.
Why Is the Dark Web So Popular with Criminals?
Because of its hidden nature and anonymity, it's not surprising the dark web can be a haven for all kinds of illicit activity, such as stolen personal information captured through data breaches or hacks.
Savvy cyber criminals may wait before using the data they purchase. Immediately following a breach, many are on the lookout for red flags on accounts, bills, and credit reports.
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This includes, but isn't limited to:
• Monitoring Compromised Credentials
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• Compromised Credentials Detection
• Early Detection Before It's too Late
• Automatically Identifying & Filtering Results
• Response to Compromise, Ahead of a Breach
• Alerts & notifications of Credentials on the Dark Web
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