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10 Dark Web Facts You Need to See Right Now

June 02, 2020
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Let Dark Web Facts (Not Hype) Inform Your Security Decisions

Dark web threats are growing increasingly more dangerous as a booming dark web economy drives cybercrime to new heights, setting records for phishing, hacking and (of course) ransomware. This cybercrime wave is creating additional pressure on already overstressed cybersecurity teams. But there’s a lot of hype out there about the dark web that’s designed to scare instead of inform. Let’s cut through the noise with some real dark web facts.

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What’s For Sale on the Dark Web?

In addition to information, Dark Web markets also deal in other nefarious things like criminal services, espionage, illegal collectibles or animals, human trafficking, credit card numbers, drugs, guns, counterfeit money, stolen goods, cybercrime software, cracked credentials and other illicit items. Cybercriminals also enjoy gambling and all sorts of strange things are in the pot at dark web online poker games.

In a recent breakdown of activity in popular dark web forums, researchers noted:

  • An estimated 90% of posts on dark web forums are from buyers looking to contract someone for cybercrime. 
  • Almost 70% of dark web forum hiring posts were looking for cybercriminals to do some website hacking.
  • Over 20% were looking for bad actors who could obtain specifically targeted user or client databases.  
  • About 7% of forum posts were ads for hackers looking for work.
  • 2% of forum posts were made by cybercriminal developers who were selling the tools

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Who is Using the Dark Web & Why?

Users primarily access the dark web using the TOR browser. More than 2 million active users connect to the dark web through the TOR browser every day.

CountryMean daily users
Russia9982 (21.80 %)
United States6324 (13.81 %)
Iran3324 (7.26 %)
Germany2096 (4.58 %)
Belarus1791 (3.91 %)
Brazil1711 (3.74 %)
India1487 (3.25 %)
China1391 (3.04 %)
United Kingdom1299 (2.84 %)
Turkey1019 (2.23 %)

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  • Dark Web ID enables you to get a clear picture of your company’s credential compromise threats from dark web sources. Our 24/7/365 always-on monitoring alerts businesses to credentials appearing on the dark web that may have been stolen or phished to mitigate the risk of bad actors using a stolen password to gain access to your systems and data.
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