OpenBazaar is a network for trading and transacting online that might be confused for a Dark Web marketplace. While OpenBazaar does share some similarities with Darknet markets, there are key differences that set it apart. Where both are concerned, security professionals ought to be paying attention. OpenBazaar blends the secrecy of Silk Road with the mainstream appeal of Ebay. It is much easier to use, both for sellers and store operators. Street drugs, counterfeit and stolen goods can all be sold on OpenBazaar and given the way OpenBazaar works, it is likely that they will be difficult to find unless you know where to look.
When most people think about the Dark Web, they conjure up a specific image. You know the one. The faceless hacker in the dark room in front of a keyboard.
The reality, however, is infinitely more complex. Some of what happens on the Dark Web is downright mundane. Just your run-of-the-mill privacy conscious folks looking to communicate securely on the Internet. On the other hand, some Dark Web users are hackers up to no good, accessing networks and obtaining confidential information for fun or profit. At its most extreme, you have malicious actors using the Dark Web to perpetrate crimes that impact the safety and well-being of public and private organizations and individuals in the real world.
The latest white paper from Thred, “Untangling The Web: Where To Get Started With Online Investigation,” will help you find out where and how to get started in making better use of the Internet in assessing risk and investigating threats and attacks.
Your company most likely has IT security tools used to plug into the network infrastructure. But that often doesn’t tell security analysts any information about the source of the attack or who it is that has indirect access. Most importantly, the tools don’t provide the data and insights you need to a proactive threat intelligence strategy. You need a provider that can provide a healthy balance between a high volume of cyber threat intelligence and targeted threat intelligence.
The dark web is the new Wild West and, much like pioneers who pushed the boundaries along the American frontier, settlers of the dark web object to limitations and obstacles upon their freedom. The road must be open.
Even though the dark web has been around for a while, it has recently piqued the attention of mainstream web users and businesses alike. “This is driven by a few things,” explains Tyler Logtenberg, Senior Product Manager at thred. “Modern television depicts the dark web as ‘mysterious’. And hacker groups like ‘Anonymous’ have become a ‘hip’ part of youth culture. Also, some high-profile breaches, threats, and investigations have originated on the dark web.”