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A breach or even a simple phishing scam could expose your company's or personal credentials for others to find, purchase and use against your knowledge.


Uzado provides a comprehensive set of threat intelligence and identity monitoring solutions to private and public-sector organizations. We combine human and sophisticated Dark Web intelligence with capabilities to identify, analyze and monitor for compromised or stolen employee and customer data.

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When an organization gets hacked, it's very likely that their information and data can be sold on the dark web for profit. The dark web refers to a layer of the internet (below the deep web), which are not indexed by search engines; meaning that any searches on the dark web will not show up in a Google search. All exchanges on the dark web (conversations, file transfers, etc.) are all encrypted and are all done from anonymous IP addresses, making it difficult to identify any users.

The surface web only represents 0.04% of the internet; whereas the other 99.96% is comprised of the deep web and the dark web. For this reason, it's critical to use dark web monitoring tools to really see where your information and credentials lie.

Uzado’s Dark Web Finder identifies, analyzes and monitors the deep web for your customers' and employees' compromised or stolen credentials, which could be used to exploit them. When sensitive information flows from network to network and down the supply chain, many opportunities arise for the data to be intercepted and breached. Dark Web Monitoring ongoingly searches: botnets, criminal chatrooms, peer-to-peer networks, malicious websites and blogs, bulletin boards, illegal black market sites, and public and private networks and forums. As an example, Dark Web Monitoring searches through conversations, specifically, searching for discussions involving your identifying information (name, credit card number, SIN, etc.) and alerts users before anyone is able to make transactions from using your sensitive information.

• Identify compromises throughout your organization
• Provide organizations with alerts on compromised data
• Use results to help you create effective policies and procedures to minimize risk in the future
• Detect patterns before turning into trends - using the intelligence to keep your organization more protected
• Proactively monitor the Dark Web to identify stolen credentials, as an effective early warning system

• Dark Web Chatroom: compromised data discovered in a hidden IRC.
• Hacking Site: compromised data exposed on a hacked Website or data dump site.
• Hidden Theft Forum: compromised data published within a hacking forum or community.
• P2P File Leak: compromised data leaked from a Peer-to-Peer file sharing program or network.
• Social Media Post: compromised data posted on a social media platform.
• C2 Server/Malware: compromised data harvested through botnets or on a command and control (C2) server.

• Tested: the compromised data was tested to determine if it is live/active.
• Sample: the compromised data was posted to prove its validity.
• Keylogged or Phished: the compromised data was entered into a fictitious website or extracted through software designed to steal PII.
• 3rd Party Breach: the compromised data was exposed as part of a company’s internal data breach or on a 3rd party Website.
• Accidental Exposure: the compromised data was accidentally shared on a Web, social media, or Peer-to-Peer site.
• Malicious / Doxed: the compromised data was intentionally broadcast to expose PII.

This absolutely matters! In many cases, the 3rd party systems or databases that have been compromised have been in existence for 10+ years holding millions of “zombie” accounts that can be used to exploit an organization. This finding should alert your IT department that they have not disabled accounts for legacy employees, which has resulted in putting the organization at a greater risk for getting hacked.

This means the password was published as “hashed” (still encrypted). Hundreds of encryption dictionaries are readily available on the Web, and it’s not uncommon for these passwords to be “cracked” or decrypted and available on multiple 3rd party websites.

There can be as much risk to your data within a Cloud environment as there is when it resides locally within your own servers. When researching Cloud providers and data centers, make sure you understand their compliance and certification with the security standards and protocols that impact your industry. CSO Online maintains a thorough list of security laws, regulations and guidelines by type. Read more.

Once the data is posted for sale within the Dark Web, it is quickly copied and distributed (re-sold or traded) to a large number of cyber criminals, within a short period of time. It is generally implausible to remove data that has been disseminated within the Dark Web. Individuals whose PII has been discovered on the Dark Web are encouraged to enroll in an identity and credit monitoring service immediately.

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