“How and What Hackers Hack: An Insight into the Dark Web Data Market.”

The dark web has become a hotbed for hackers and cybercriminals to buy and sell sensitive information. From personal details to financial information, the data market on the dark web is thriving. But how do hackers access this information, and what can be done to protect yourself and your business?

“Hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day.”[1]

This highlights the need for individuals and businesses to take cybersecurity seriously and ensure they have robust security measures in place to protect against cyber threats.

A phishing attack is perhaps the most common form of cyber-attack. As cybersecurity expert Kevin Mitnick explains, “Phishing is the easiest way for hackers to gain access to sensitive information. By impersonating a trusted source and asking for sensitive information, they can often trick individuals into giving away their data.”[2]

Where individuals are the more common victims of phishing attacks, businesses are constant targets of data breaches. As data security expert Troy Hunt notes, “Data breaches have become a common occurrence, and the data stolen from these breaches is often sold on the dark web. Hackers can use this data for a range of nefarious activities, from identity theft to financial fraud.”[3]

Here is a price list of what your data is sold for on the dark web.[4]

The dark web data market is a thriving industry that poses a significant threat to individuals and businesses. By understanding how hackers access sensitive information and taking steps to protect against cyber threats, we can better safeguard our data and prevent ourselves from falling victim to cybercrime.

To protect yourself and your business, it’s essential to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity. This includes implementing secure ways of communicating your sensitive information, regularly updating your security software, and training your staff to be aware of the various forms of cyber-attacks.

Pfortner is an OEM with patented and certified solutions. We have been securing the communications for several public and private sector clients for the past 15 years, across 12 countries. 

We would love to discuss our solutions in more detail and how it can be of value to your business.

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 [1] https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybercrime-report-2021/
[2] Mitnick, K. (2011). The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security. John Wiley & Sons.
[3] https://haveibeenpwned.com/
[4] https://www.privacyaffairs.com/dark-web-price-index-2022/

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