The Dark Web and COVID-19


What is the Dark Web, and why is it a concern during this unprecedented time of COVID-19? The Dark Web is a way to search anonymously on the web through dark web software like TOR. The Dark web was initially created to allow our military spies to communicate anonymously. There was and still is a positive need for the Dark Web as it enables reporters and refugees to search and communicate without the fear of revealing their identity. Although, the Dark Web has grown to be a breeding ground for illegal activity, including the selling of illicit goods and cybercrimes.

With the increased uncertainty and anxiety surrounding COVID-19, cybercrimes are on the rise. Cybercriminals are cashing-in on the this fear and the fact that more people are working from home, and their guard is down. In addition to the emotional toll of stress and anxiety during this uncertain time in our lives, we are also dealing with unfamiliar web applications and government forms necessary for business. Cybercriminals are using this uncertainty and preying of these vulnerable situations. Inexpensive phishing kits are popping up all over the dark web and enticing many into the business, attempting to find a new way to make ends meet. Needless to say, phishing scams are through the roof, and our credentials are rapidly appearing and for sale on the dark web.


These scams are tricky. They started as COVID-19 awareness scams like tracking maps and COVID-19 informational sites. They have evolved to include furlough notifications, banking scams, and even social media look-alikes. In addition to being tricky, many of us are working from home, where our security may not be as exemplary as our typical office set up. Cybercriminals are aware of this vulnerability and are searching out these holes and exploiting them.


How do we prevent being a target? Education is essential although these scams are extraordinarily devious. Many times even the most educated employee can fall victim to these crimes. When it comes to credentials, the ability to continually monitor the dark web to catch our credentials before they are sold is vital. Unfortunately, most of us do not have the resources or expertise to dedicate an entire team to monitor the dark web continually. Then, knowing what to do when you find that your credentials have been compromised takes experience to understand the extent of the compromise and what the next steps should be. The worries are truly endless in this unprecedented time in which we are living. Contact Pendello Solutions today and let us remove one of those worries. We have the resources and expertise to monitor the dark web and stay ahead of the game for you. Let us take this burden off your plate so you can focus on keeping your team safe and productive.