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Deepnet, Undernet, the Invisible Web or the Hidden Web. Any name we pick for it, the concept is the same. An enormous amount of communication, data, and content lurks under the open Web and remains invisible and untraceable for the most of us.
The Deep Web is an underground Internet, hidden from search engines and standard browsers, where many variations of illegal activity take place everyday. The “surface web” is less than 0.1% of the total internet.
National Intelligence organisations have a good hold on Federal or international criminal activity on about 70% of the deep web. The other 30% are carefully hidden from view, but with reverse engineering and data mining techniques Massive can give you access.
What do people do in the Dark Web?
What is that people actually do on the Deep Web? Although we can’t assume everything happening there is illegal, many users exploit anonymity to:
- share illegal content such as child porn, copyrighted materials and more
- transfer sensitive information (corporate espionage)
- plan and execute cyber attacks to companies and government bodies
- sell illegally acquired data on black markets
A source of threat
The cost of security breaches and other cyber threats ranges in the hundreds of billions per year worldwide. Sensitive data breaches, malware, online identity theft and cyber attacks are just some of the common events that menace the stability and the business of medium and large companies all over the world.
Standard web and social media monitoring cannot cope with the size of these potential threats, coming from a hidden source where illegal behaviour is less likely to be detected and taken care of.
How to monitor the Dark Web
As the early signs of cyber attacks can be traced back to anonymous communications in the Deep Web, a complete risk prevention system has to deal systematically with any type of content related to the brand in question.
A global cyber surveillance and monitoring platform like Massive’s Strixus allows companies of any size to enjoy complete security and protection through intelligence. Strixus early warning system means that the correct strategies can be put into place to fight any type of threat. The Deep Web is carefully monitored 24/7 to make sure that your company is 100% safe.
By monitoring of the Dark Web we mean, the observation and collection of vital intelligence on the entire world-wide internet so that companies may be proactive in their digital security.
This would include, but is not limited to:
- Detection of phishing attempts
- Actionable attack intelligence (will you be hacked tomorrow?)
- Trademark and copyright infringement
- Sensitive data exposed through unsecure file transfers
- Data leaks through staff oversight
- Compromised employee accounts and company servers
- Company consumer data being sold on the underground black market
- Stolen financial data (credit, debit, paypal and other systems)
- Tracking money launderers
- Detection of credit cards
- Detection of compromised terminals and devices (real-time)
- Botnet depositories
Threat actors can asses you and work out strategies for a breach, but so can we watch their every move. Internet monitoring of the world wide and deep web will locate instances of sensitive data or attack intent relating to your brand, its key assets, private information and consumer data. If it shows its head or is being discussed, it will be found.
To find out more about internet monitoring for business security, visit our Strixus page.