If you’ve been staying up to date with the latest trend of data breaches, you might have heard the term “Dark Web” popping up and wondered exactly what it was and what it has to do with your data privacy and cyber security.
Well, guess what the Dark Web is as shifty as the name sounds.
If you’ve been a victim of a data breach (with your own systems or a provider such as LinkedIn, Amazon, Home Depot, etc) and had your sensitive information stolen, the Dark Web is likely the place where that stolen data has ended up.
The Dark Web is a mysterious place that has been intentionally hidden and can be accessed only using special web browsers.
This portion of the Internet is most widely known for illicit activities because of the anonymity associated with it. Since the Dark Web operates exclusively using bitcoin, people use digital untraceable currency to preserve anonymity.
What can be bought on the Dark Web?
- Hacked accounts and passwords
- Breached corporate confidential data
- Stolen identities
- Credit cards
- Social security numbers, etc.
This is just a short list offered up for sale to the highest bidder. Hackers use the information to engineer an attack on your business systems. This happens every day to all businesses regardless of size.
Most Common Attacks Targeted at Small Businesses
- Denial-of-service (DoS)
- Phishing and spear phishing attacks
- Drive-by attack
- Password attack
- SQL injection attack
- Eavesdropping attack
- Malware attack
How Can you Protect your Business Data?
- Start by having a dark web scan to identify what information is out there.
- Use the scan information to determine what accounts need passwords changed
- Investigate what other accounts may use the same credentials, including external vendors
- Implement cyber security protection
- Implement a cyber security response plan
- Buy cyber security insurance
Contact us for free advice and to find out if you qualify for a free dark web scan.
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