You may or may not be aware of it, but according to some, dark web markets pose a serious threat to all. It is a billion-dollar market where an array of items and services get traded anonymously every second. Personal data, corporate information, etc., are just some of the things that are sold in dark markets. Believe it or not, even in 2020, there is a long list of things that are readily available in these markets as long as you’re willing to search and pay.
However, if you’re on the wrong side of the transaction, namely, if it’s your data that’s being sold, being aware is one of the best ways to guard yourself and your data.
Individuals and businesses alike can suffer grave damage due to private information trading on the dark web markets. Even though competent IT professionals can figure out potential dark web threats, there is still a lot that is beyond their control. That being said, a good cyber-security practice can save the day from several potential threats.
A New Category Of Item On Sale
In addition to numerous items that are sold in the underground markets, “As a Service” is another one. In this new category of offering, individuals who are part of organizations, companies, institutions, etc., are the ones leaking information. You heard that rightly!
These insiders have easy access to sensitive data that are traded by them for handsome money. Not only do they betray companies, but they also partake in cybercrimes.
They trade private information like records, system information, financial data, and much more. Due to this, they also facilitate other cyber crimes like money laundering, tampering of records, installation of malware, etc. You can read more categories here.
These “insiders” may seem unsuspicious but can do more harm to an institution than outsiders. They provide their services to the dark web in hopes of getting profits, although seeking revenge can also be a factor. They can continue to leak information unless they get caught red-handed.
There is so much more to the dark web market that you can think about. There is an increased trade of data, drugs, weapons, illegal and stolen goods, endangered animals, as well as slaves! It is a booming market full of people willing to do nearly anything to supply a buyer’s every whim. If you’re concerned about your data being sold, the best measure that you can take is to be aware and tighten up your digital OPSEC.