Dark Web Rises

News November 11, 2021

How Cyber Crime hidden in Dark Web?

According to a The Edge Market, 59% of Malaysian firms are expected to encounter ransomware attacks in the near future. In order to deal with this, businesses may have to confront these criminals on their territories, with the dark web being used to communicate and perform ransomware transactions.

So what exactly is the dark web?

Surface Web

The surface web or the open web is the portion of the web that is available to the general public through search engines such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. Accessing surface web websites is made possible due to the indexing by search engines through visible links.

Deep Web

The term “deep web” refers to all web pages that are not indexed or unidentifiable by ordinary search engines. The content on the deep web is usually intended for private use, so it requires access permission and password to bypass protection. This includes the content of your inbox, social media accounts, banking details, legal files etc.

Dark Web

Similar to the ‘deep web’, the dark web is  also part of the internet that isn’t visible to conventional search engines. It’s not accessible by normal browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer that people use daily. To access the dark web, a special browser called Tor is required. 

“The dark web is not like the internet, where we can conduct a simple keyword search. Many of these dark web forums are outside of our scope, meaning that we will never have a full picture of what kind of leaked information is out there,” said Mr. Fong Choong Fok, CEO of LGMS Sdn. Bhd.

Why do criminals love the dark web? 

Mr. Fong Choong Fook, CEO of local penetration testing firm LE Global Services (LGMS), believes that the cybercriminals will still employ dark web as their main toolkit due to its additional layers of encryption applied. “The dark web will always have a place because there will still be circumstances in which hackers wish to remain anonymous.

“When it comes to ransomware, hackers nowadays will not just ask for ransom any more. They will make a copy of your files and publish them on the dark web, because it is still the best platform to do so due to its intractability. If they own an onion site, they can host the confidential information for as long as they want.

“Contrast this with Pastebin. The victim can file a complaint to Pastebin and request for its data to be taken down. There are legal means for it to do so. In the end, there are pros and cons for each platform. If the information is hosted on Pastebin, it is accessible to anyone. If [the perpetrator] chooses to put it on the dark web, only people with knowledge of the stolen data can access the information. They serve different purposes,” says Mr. Fong.

How do we protect our data from being sold on the dark web?

There are many steps you can take to protect yourself. 

  1. Create strong and unique passwords for each of your online accounts:
    This is crucial as it will require much more effort to hack into your accounts, even if the hackers successfully crack one, they don’t have access to the others. You can utilize a password generator to create passwords that are unique. 
  1. Turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible.
    MFA is an electronic authentication that adds a layer of protection on top of your password to the sign-in process to prevent cyber criminals from accessing your accounts. When you are logging in into your accounts or apps, you nee to provide additional identity verification such as scanning your face or entering a TAC code from your phone.
  1. Use a dark web monitoring service:
    Dark web monitoring checks sites on the dark web regularly to look for personal information that can be used by criminals to steal your identity. You will be notified if your information has been compromised.

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