The Dark Web is a hidden part of the internet that isn’t indexed by search engines (i.e., Google). Accessed only through the anonymising browser, Tor, those operating on the Dark Web are unidentifiable and untraceable.
The true size of the Dark Web is unknown, but it’s thought to make up around 5% of the total internet. While it does have some legitimate purposes, the Dark Web is predominantly a hotbed for criminal activity. It’s estimated that over 50% of all sites on the Dark Web are used for illegal activities, including the purchase of credit card information and stolen digital credentials.
Dark Web Monitoring allows us to monitor the Dark Web and the criminal hacker underground for exposure of your credentials to malicious individuals.
Companies that have had their credentials compromised and sold on the Dark Web are often unaware until they are either informed by the authorities or suffer a data breach. When your credentials are compromised and exposed to the Dark Web, hackers from all over the globe can exfiltrate sensitive data, install malware and host malicious content – the consequences of which can be catastrophic.
In 2012, LinkedIn suffered a devastating data breach when the passwords to 6.5 million user accounts were stolen by cybercriminals in Russia. The professional networking site subsequently faced several lawsuits and was highly criticised for failing to secure its connections and databases.
Scouring through the large databases on the Dark Web, we look specifically for your top-level email domains. When a credential is identified, we harvest it. While we harvest data from typical hacker sites, like Pastebin, a lot of our data originates from sites that require credibility or membership within the hacker community to enter.
To that end, we monitor over 500 distinct Internet Relay Chatroom (IRC) channels, 600,000 private websites, 600 Twitter feeds, and execute 10,000 refined queries daily.
Contact us today to learn more about Real-time Dark Web Scanning.