The ‘dark web’ is a term for a network of hidden websites that require a special browser (called a Tor or Onion browser) to access. As such, they cannot be found using Google or any other popular search engine. Accidentally stumbling upon them isn’t even an option. A user has to know exactly where to look and go out of their way just to find them. They are ideal for anonymous browsing because the tools used to access DW sites make it difficult to track the locations of users and servers.
While there are beneficial uses for the dark web, it has unsurprisingly become a hotbed for illicit online activities due to its anonymous nature. According to various studies, a large number of these sites contain information that could be used to harm individuals or organizations. One such nefarious use is the selling, trading, and sharing of private information. This can include anything from passwords and email addresses to credit cards and Social Security numbers. Of course, the people selling this information don’t own it. They stole it via hacking, malware, and other means from businesses and individuals. Usually, a person can’t even tell if their information has been stolen or compromised.
AOW’s online monitoring team scours the deepest corners of the internet for unauthorized appearances of sensitive information such as SSN, bank account numbers, phone numbers, credit card numbers, identification numbers and much more. When suspicious activity is detected, we take immediate steps to remediate. Our DWM solutions will keep information safe and protected.