How Dark Web Monitoring Makes Stolen Credentials Less Valuable
- Post by Janet Gehring
- January 30, 2020
Buying and selling usernames and passwords on the Dark Web is big business. If you know your data is out there, you can make it less valuable. Dark Web monitoring can help you stay one step ahead of the bad guys.
The Dark Web is a large part of the internet that isn’t visible to search engines. In fact, the Dark Web is estimated to be 550 times larger than the surface Web and growing.
Search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo only search .04% of the indexed or “surface” internet according to Dark Web ID. The other 99.96% of the internet consists of databases, private academic and government networks, and the Dark Web.
Dark Web activity is anonymous, so it’s very appealing to cybercriminals. It’s estimated over 50% of all sites on the Dark Web are used for illegal activities, including the disclosure and sale of digital credentials.
It’s easier than you may think. When cybercriminals hack networks, their main goal is often to get information they can sell. And, small businesses are not immune from the risk. Bad guys exploit weaknesses like these:
Usernames and passwords represent the keys to the kingdom for malicious attackers. And, criminals who know how to penetrate a company’s defenses can easily steal hundreds or even thousands of credentials at a time.
With stolen credentials, an attacker can:
Far too often, companies that have had their credentials compromised and sold on the Dark Web don’t know it until they’re informed by law enforcement. By then, it’s too late to try and minimize the damage.
With every publicized (and non-publicized) breach, your usernames and passwords could end up for sale on the Dark Web.
Dark Web monitoring is a credential theft awareness service. You can monitor your identity information on the Dark Web and receive notifications if your information is found online. From there, you can notify your staff of the exposed information and they can change their passwords immediately.
Contact us for a free, one-on-one Dark Web credential search to learn more. While you can’t remove stolen credentials from the Dark Web, you can make them invalid and therefore less valuable. And the sooner you know, the better.