Hidden behind the layers of the World Wide Web is a nefarious platform called the dark net that cannot be accessed by normal browsers.
It’s here where your personal identity has a market value, and your identifying information – your driver licence, your photograph, your passport – can be traded for as little as 10 cents.
Ransomware “gangs” and malicious actors dump sensitive information procured through data breaches on the dark net. Scammers then use this information to create a profile so they can pretend to be you when contacting financial institutions and telcos to create false accounts.
IDCARE analysts have been trolling the dark net daily for six years, investigating emerging threats, new attack vectors and searching for compromising information posted about ordinary people.
The increase in phishing phone calls targeting Australian and New Zealand citizens is thought to be attributed to the increase in data dumps being sold or made publicly available on various dark net forums.
Digital identity fingerprints have also become a hot item available for sale.
These fingerprints can allow a threat agent to bypass the two-factor authentication associated with financial accounts.
The Australian Federal Police has spent years trying to shut down dark net marketplaces, but no sooner does one site close then another reopens under a different name.
Under the Australian Government’s new $1.7 billion cyber security strategy, federal police and organised crime investigators will have greater powers to identify individuals and their networks engaging in criminal activity on the darknet.
Australia isn’t alone in trying to fight cybercrime on the dark net. The UK government launched its five-year National Cyber Security Strategy that included $1.9 billion investment in the Nation Cyber Security Centre four years ago.
IDCARE is here to provide you with specialist support and guidance when faced with a cyber and identity related issue. Contact one of our Identity & Cyber Security Case Managers to learn more about our Support Services and how we can help you.
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