Cybersecurity Risks and The Dark Web

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Bad news. Cybercrime continues to rise and is becoming more costly to organizations. The “bad guys” are continuously working to find new ways to access your network and data. It isn’t a coincidence that at a time when companies are harnessing more digital technologies, more organizations are falling victim to attacks. New technologies offer new potential openings that aren’t unnoticed by hackers. At the same time, social engineering attacks are increasingly used to garner a foothold into the organization.

Serious cybersecurity planning requires intel showing you where threats are most likely to affect your organization. You need information about Indicators of Compromise (IoC), event data, and data sets. The findings need to be granular and compiled into an extensive, actionable report. Even when the information collected does paint a clearer picture of what’s required, the next challenge is being able to respond with a timely plan to prevent a potential attack. 

It is a tremendous amount of work, and thanks to the deep web and dark web, it is easier than ever for hackers to change their strategy, adapt to new security patches, and launch further attacks from unknown servers.

What is the Deep and Dark Web?

First, a little primer on “the web.” The overall web can be thought of in two groups: surface web and deep web. The surface web is anything that search engines can index. The deep web is everything else. Very often, the deep web and dark web are often conflated, but the dark web is a subset of the deep web. Confused yet?

The deep web is the content of all the databases and web services that aren’t indexed by the search engines most people use. Think of your Netflix account, online email, or log in to your bank account. This online data is still part of the “web,” but you don’t want someone to be able to use a search engine and discover your bank account.  

The dark web is a small percentage of the deep web and represents an encrypted network between Tor servers and clients. The dark web uses Tor servers derived from “The Onion Router” hidden service protocol making users completely anonymous while surfing the web. When you enter the dark web, you aren’t accessing servers you would typically access via Google. All information that is routed through this network stays within it, providing additional security and privacy. Publishers and users remain anonymous on the dark web, which makes it unregulated. It gives criminals a terrific platform to share information and exploit stolen data. It also provides new ways to get past anti-fraud controls and catch you where you’re most vulnerable.

Bypassing Anti-Fraud Measures

One of the more costly crimes today is called business email compromise, or BEC. This is a tactic where employees are tricked into transferring funds into the criminal’s account. These attacks don’t contain malware, which is how they can get by the anti-fraud protocols. The employee sees it as an honest request and goes along with it. 

Staying Safe

Not all cyberattacks are on major corporations. A growing number of attacks are directed at small- to medium-sized businesses and even local governments. A culture of security awareness is crucial for any organization. Companies that place a high priority on this are the most successful at avoiding cyberattacks. Look for ways to gain more visibility into threats and vulnerabilities. Bring in all the intelligence you can access for your cybersecurity teams and other business functions.

At BlackPoint IT Services, we understand that threats are becoming more advanced and more dangerous. That is why we’ve taken steps to ensure our clients are equipped with the best strategies for battling cybercriminals. We also offer a free cybersecurity assessment. The best way to avoid becoming tomorrow’s headline for the latest cyber-attack is to have a strong offense. Get ready with BlackPoint IT.

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