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What is the Dark Web?

The Dark Web is a part of the internet not indexed by search engines. It exists solely on darknets. These overlay networks use the internet, but to gain access to these networks, you must have special software, certain configurations, or authorization, often in the form of a VPN. The Dark Web utilizes onion routing as a form of traffic anonymization. The Dark Web is often referred to as a hotbed of criminal activity and makes up anywhere from 5-6% of the entire internet.

What Information Is on the Dark Web?

While it is not illegal to use the Dark Web, there is a lot of illegal activity there. Users of the Dark Web can buy credit card numbers, stolen subscription credentials, hacked bank accounts, and software that helps break into other people’s computers. In other words, it is an ignominious place. Your business accounts and personal client information could be at risk.

Why Is It Important to Monitor the Dark Web?

There is a variety of information available for purchase on the Dark Web. This can include something as simple as a login or email password, a credit card number, social media credentials, and more. For businesses and organizations, criminals are also using the Dark Web for ransomware as a service (Raas), malware, phishing, and more to attack businesses and demand money in exchange for taking down a computer system. Hackers can even target your servers and sell stolen information. Taking proactive steps to monitor the dark web should be a crucial component of the IT plan for any business, large or small.

How Can BC Networks help?

In 2019 alone, more than 747 million accounts were for sale on the Dark Web. Don’t let your sensitive information become a victim to cybercriminals. If you are concerned about what information is lurking on the dark web, call BC Networks at 408-214-4490 or email us at info@bcnetworks.com for a free consultation or schedule a Dark Web scan today.