Today’s business owners have questions about the Dark Web. With so many massive data breaches occurring each year, it almost feels impossible to keep your data safe from hackers. Recently, cyber thieves released a huge list of compromised emails and passwords known as Collection #1. It contains 773 million records, making it one of the largest data breaches to date. If your information has ever been breached, it’s mostly likely on this new list.
Fremont area businesses are worried too. Even the federal government has had a hard time locating those responsible and stopping them. The Department of Homeland Security made their first bust involving criminals selling illegal goods on the Dark Web just last year. The arrests were made after a year-long investigation. Though this is good news, it doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the criminal activities taking place on the Dark Web.
The bottom line is that you can’t wait around for the government or anyone else to protect your business from cyber thieves. You have to be proactive about securing your database. Your personal and business information should not be for sale on the Dark Web, but how can you stop this?
It’s a secretive part of the internet where malicious people/groups trade and deal with information and it is expanding at a fast rate – so fast that the authorities can’t keep up with it. It is basically a network that isn’t indexed by search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing so people cannot find anything without knowing exactly where anything is i.e. there is no light being shined on it and everything is hidden in the shadow.
The Dark Web is only available to a select group of people/groups and not to the general public. There people/groups (mostly criminals) install tools and software to mask their identities. Generally, this software is not available to you and me, and the feds, with all their resources, have difficulties with it as well.
The Dark Web has become a massive place where criminals gather from all over the world to buy and sell illegal products and services. One of the most common things that are being sold there is confidential information. This includes proprietary business information, bank and credit card data, and user names and passwords. With this information, cybercriminals can set up new accounts in your name. They can make large purchases using your business name. There are numerous ways to use your data to make criminals rich.
They share their successful exploits, tactics, techniques, and procedures. They buy and sell things like guns and drugs. Many cyber thieves work together to steal databases from large and small companies. They do this by crafting effective phishing emails, then sending them out to thousands of people. Though more people each day are learning how to avoid being a victim, it only takes one careless employee to download a virus.
Ransomware has become hugely successful. If the thief can get one of your employees to click on a suspicious link or download an infected file, they can take control of your database and demand a ransom to restore it.
This procedure can cover quite a few illegal activities that may be taking place on the Dark Web that could harm your business. These include:
A Dark Web scan looks for anything negative having to do with your organization. It can provide detailed info about this and help you make an informed decision about what your next steps should be.
RASMcare™ Dark Web Monitoring includes capabilities to watch, analyze and catalog compromised or stolen employee or company data. This will minimize and mitigate the risks of valuable assets being exposed via credential theft.
Where to Start provides the initial and ongoing scanning, with continuous monitoring and alerts if we find anything. We can make recommendations about the best way to mitigate damage that has already occurred. This could include changing your account numbers, email addresses, passwords or other actions connected to the stolen data.
Data breaches require a strong and immediate response from your organization. And Where to Start can help. We’ll get your business set up for regular Dark Web Monitoring. If there’s ever a breach, we can recommend the appropriate response to limit your exposure.
We’ll provide initial and ongoing monitoring, with continuous monitoring, tracking and alerts if we find anything.
Where to Start is a locally owned and operated managed IT service provider. We serve all of Fremont, San Jose and the Silicon Valley. We take pride in giving our clients a wide range of great IT services including Dark Web Monitoring.
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