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What You Need to Know About the Dark Web

Posted by Amber Langdon on Feb 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Amber Langdon

According to a recent Nielsen report, Americans spend over ten hours every day consuming media. Much of this time is spent on the internet surfing the “surface web,” which includes all websites that are searchable on a typical search engine such as Google. What many people don’t realize is that they also frequently visit the “deep web,” which consists of any websites that a search engine cannot find.

The majority of websites on the deep web are harmless and can be as simple as search results for a very specific query. For example, when you search for a particular product on techdata.com, your unique search results would be considered part of the deep web since your specific results are not searchable on Google.

A small portion of the deep web is classified as the “dark web,” which is content that’s intentionally hidden. The dark web is not accessible through a standard web browser; there are various proxy web browsers that can be utilized to access the dark web. The most popular dark web proxy, Tor, is used by over two million people every day. The dark web is infamous for selling illegal activities, including offering hackers for hire, selling personal information, and selling drugs and weapons. Many people have heard of the dark web from the publicized arrest of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, the first dark web market. $184 million dollars were estimated to have been spent on Silk Road on illegal drugs, and Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison.

Even if you don’t visit the dark web, you and your customer’s security are still at risk. Below are the top dark web threats that you need to know about:

  1. “Carding” is one of the largest forms of cyber fraud on the dark web. Your customers’ credit and debit cards may be for sale on the dark web for as little as ten dollars. Having security features on all credit and debit cards is essential for your customers to avoid becoming a victim of carding. For example, many banks now offer a security feature that causes a transaction to get automatically declined when the card is used in a different state or country or on a suspicious website.
  2. Malware is available for sale for as little as a dollar and is an estimated $6 million annual market on the dark web. It’s essential that your customers have up-to-date security solutions in place to prevent them from being attacked by malware.

Hackers are available for hire and can do any task – from hacking a website, posting positive reviews for a specific company or giving hacking lessons. The daily rate varies by the task but can start as low as one dollar. Hacking kits are also available for purchase.

For more information on protecting your customers from the threats of the dark web, contact a member of the Tech Data Security and Information Management team today at securityservices@techdata.com or 800-237-8931, ext. 73246.

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/health/americans-screen-time-nielsen/index.html

https://brightplanet.com/2014/03/clearing-confusion-deep-web-vs-dark-web/

https://darkwebnews.com/fraud/reasons-why-carding-is-among-the-biggest-forms-of-cyber-fraud/

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/kzn7a9/the-supreme-court-is-silk-road-founder-ross-ulbrichts-last-hope

http://www.businessinsider.com/9-things-you-can-hire-a-hacker-to-do-and-how-much-it-will-generally-cost-2015-5

Tags: Security, malware, Dark Web, Deep Web

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