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What is the Dark Web and Why Does It Matter for Cybersecurity?

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Many companies only realise that their customer’s data is breached when they receive a notification that the data appeared on the dark web – a particularly elusive and shady part of the internet. But what is it, and why does it matter so much? This Verizon article provides answers.

 

Summary:

  • The dark web emerged in the 1990’s from a US research project. Its goal was to exchange anonymous information across the internet
  • The dark web is a specific section of the unindexed part of the internet that is difficult to access without the proper tools.
  • With your regular browser, you won’t be able to access it. Instead, you’ll need a special browser
  • Cyber criminals often use the dark web as a platform to organise themselves, and buy and sell illicit products and services. For instance, stolen credit card information, user login credentials, ransomware-as-a-service, or previously unknown vulnerabilities (“zero days”)

 

Why does this matter for cybersecurity and businesses?

  • Many companies have found customer data on the dark web
  • As a result, monitoring the dark web can help identify and detect breaches and cyberattacks
  • Companies in the cybersecurity space offer services that monitor activity in the dark web and provide that as intelligence to clients

What Is The Dark Web?

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