The “Dark Web” is a part of the World Wide Web that requires special software to access. Once inside, web sites and other services can be accessed.
What is the Dark Web?
The Dark Web is a hidden universe contained within the “Deep Web”- a sub-layer of the internet that is hidden from conventional search engines. Search engines like Google, BING and Yahoo only search .04%of the indexed, or “surface”, internet. The other 99.96% of the web consists of databases, private academic and government networks, and the Dark Web. The Dark Web is estimated at 550 times larger than the surface web, and growing. Because you can operate anonymously, the Dark Web holds a wealth of stolen data and illegal activity.
How is the Dark Web a threat to my business
Identity thieves use the Dark Web to buy and sell personal information. If your email address is posted there, criminals can potentially gain access to any associated accounts. Octarine uses Dark Web ID to scan the Dark Web and alert you to any potential compromise.
About Dark Web ID
Dark Web ID provides a comprehensive set of threat-intelligence and identity-monitoring solutions to private and public-sector organisations, together with millions of individuals impacted by cyber incidents. Dark Web ID combines human and sophisticated Dark Web intelligence with capabilities to identify, analyse and monitor for compromised or stolen employee and customer data, mitigating exposure to clients’ most valuable asset – their digital identity. From monitoring your organisation’s domain for compromised credentials, to deploying identity and credit management programs in order to protect the employees and customers you serve – Dark Web ID has the solution.
Online criminals may be able to find you, but Dark Web ID can help keep you safe!
Key benefits of Dark Web ID
Dark Web ID Identifies compromises through out your organisation
Dark Web ID Monitors 24/7 365
Dark Web ID Reports 80,000 compromised emails daily
Dark Web ID Prepares by collecting information
Dark Web ID Predicts to be ahead not just ready
Dark Web ID Prevents with proactive monitoring
Octarine’s Dark Web monitoring service is designed to help both public and private sector organisations detect, and mitigate, cyber threats that leverage stolen email addresses and passwords. Dark Web ID utilizes a combination of human and artificial intelligence to scour botnets, criminal chat rooms, blogs, websites and bulletin boards, peer-to-peer networks, forums, private networks, and other black-market sites 24/7, 365 days a year to identify stolen credentials and other personally identifiable information.
We focus on cyber threats that are specific to our clients’ environments. We monitor the Dark Web and the criminal hacker underground for exposure of our clients’ credentials to malicious individuals; we accomplish this by looking specifically for our clients’ top-level email domains. When a credential is identified, we harvest it. While we harvest data from typical hacker sites like Pastebin, a lot of our data originates from sites that require credibility or a membership within the hacker community to enter. To that end, we monitor over 500 distinct internet relay chatroom (IRC) channels, 600,000 private websites, 600 Twitter feeds, and execute 10,000 refined queries daily.
While we can’t say definitively that the data we’ve discovered has already been used to exploit your organisation, the fact that we are able to identify this data should be very concerning. Organisations should consult their internal or external IT and/or security teams to determine if they have suffered a cyber incident or data breach.
While employees may have moved on from your organisation, their company-issued credentials can still be active and valid within the third-party systems they used whilst employed. In many cases, the third-party systems, or databases, that have been compromised have been in existence for in excess of ten years and hold millions of “zombie” accounts that can be used to exploit an organisation. Discovery of credentials from legacy employees should be a good reminder for you to confirm that you have shut down any active internal and third-party accounts that could be used for nefarious purposes.
Dark Web ID delivers the same advanced credential-monitoring capabilities used by Fortune 500 companies. It connects to multiple Dark Web servers including Tor, 12P and Freenet, to search for compromised credentials, without requiring you to connect any of your software or hardware to these high-risk services directly. Our proactive solution provides real-time awareness of compromised credentials before identify theft or data breaches occur.
Compromised credentials are used to conduct further criminal activity, such as data breaches of sensitive corporate information, as well as employee identity-theft. Users often have the same password for multiple services, such as network logon, social media, online stores and other services, exponentially increasing the potential damage from a single compromised username and password.