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The Dark Web is only accessible via unique browsers or software that allow the users to remain anonymous. Imagine the Dark Web as an unlit, hidden alley. You can’t see the face of anyone when you peek inside; transactions are happening between people that aren’t being seen, and individuals are moving freely, anonymously, and without a trace. Search engines like Google or Bing track nothing. Encryption hides identities, and to get into these secret areas, you need to have special software. Like that "dark alley," this is where dishonest behavior can thrive. If your information and identity are being exchanged on the Dark Web, you need to know so you can remedy things quickly.
Why is the Dark Web Dangerous?
If you don’t want to be seen, then it is likely that you don’t want to be caught. Cybercriminals buy and sell physical items like illegal drugs and guns and electronic material like identities, passwords, hacking tools, and credit card numbers. The problem is if your credentials have been compromised, you must know what to do next to protect yourself. Password reuse and lack of awareness of sophisticated phishing scams, like Business Compromise Scams (BEC), means cybercriminals can use your data against you.
Why is Password Reuse Dangerous?
Once a password is found on the Dark Web, cybercriminals will attempt to use that password across any other accounts. If that password has been reused, particularly on a business account, not only is the employee at risk, but your organization is as well.
What is a Business Compromise Email?
Cybercriminals will use Dark Web data to create targeted emails called Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. These emails impersonate key company executives to trick employees into carrying out their requests – often to transfer funds.
Password reuse and Business Email Compromise scams are just two risks associated with having data on the Dark Web. This data can be used against you and your organization in several other ways, which may lead to an internal data breach for your organization. To learn more about how to protect your business against a costly and widely disruptive breach, contact your Pendello Solutions team today. We can help your organization build a robust frontline of defense.