The dark web is a shadowy part of the internet where criminals may interact in secret forums, share scamming tactics and services, and coordinate ransomware assaults. Because criminals operate in the shadows, authorities have a difficult time combating the threat. This implies that you must defend yourself.
The internet works on three levels. The traditional search engines, such as Google, index the surface web, which we are all familiar with.
Then there’s the deep web, which isn’t on Google but contains useful information like library catalogs, workplace intranets, and password-protected information like your personal banking or email account.
Finally, there’s the dark web, which can only be accessed using a special browser like Tor.
According to Cybereason’s chief security officer, Sam Curry, not everything on the dark web is evil because it was first utilized by journalists, whistleblowers, and human rights activists in oppressive regimes.
“However, there has always been a darker element, such as drug trafficking, gun trafficking, and people trafficking.”
Compromised data, such as bank account and credit card numbers, as well as stolen items, can be found on the dark web.
When Gary Butcher, 54, of Great Yarmouth, got a text from mobile phone operator EE welcoming him to his new contract, he discovered his data was up for sale on the dark web. He hadn’t signed anything.
When he checked his credit record, he was shocked to see that three cellphone contracts had been taken out in his name on the same day. He explained, “I’d always been so careful online.”
Gary attempted to clear his name by contacting the mobile carriers, but he received a second shock. “No one would reveal what proof of identification or information the offender presented in order to obtain the fake contract.”
To safeguard yourself, ClearScore co-founder Justin Basini recommends using a new password for each online account. “Otherwise, if one password is compromised, your entire account is compromised.”
Passwords should be a combination of characters and numbers that do not include your name, date of birth, or common terms such as “password,” pet names, or favorite football teams.
Two-factor authentication should be enabled. This provides an additional layer of security by requiring you to prove your identity using a method other than a password. “This could be sent to your phone as a text message or through an authentication app. ” Keep an eye on your bank statements and credit report frequently. This is the most effective approach to determine whether or not your accounts have been compromised. Contact your bank right away if you observe any questionable transactions,” Basini said.
Oversharing on social media should be avoided, according to Bharat Mistry, technical director at Trend Micro. “It’s important to keep track of your bank statements. Finding odd expenditures on your account that you did not initiate is the first symptom of being hacked.”
On the dark web, thieves can pay anywhere between £2 and £60 for your login data, according to JasmitSagoo, head of solutions engineering, international at Auth0.“Criminals can brute force their way into your bank accounts using popular passwords acquired on the dark web.”
“The dark web has captured the imagination of the public as a murky area of terrorists, drug smugglers, and assassins,” said Fabian Libeau, vice-president of RiskIQ. When visiting official websites, however, web users are just as likely to have their personal information stolen.”