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The internet has bought to civilization both pleasure, but has simultaneously paved the way for misery. An unprecedented form of crime which is difficult to prepare and prevent from happening is cybercrime, and as hackers become more knowledgeable, it is essential the regular citizen is aware of its developments. The Times recently headlined an article on the significance of the ‘Dark Web’ in a major credit card scandal, where millions of customers details have been stolen. The Dark Web is an incredibly secret and arguably also dangerous realm, which involves online criminality.
The Times cited a scandal involving the retrieval of millions of credit card and personal details by unauthorised access. These are currently on sale on fraudulent websites, one of which is bestvalid.cc. But protecting customers does not lie in the removal of the website- these websites may easily be restaged under a different domain name, also untraceable to the original perpetrators. The most worrying aspect of this article is the claim to the “authenticity” of the appearance of the website. This suggests that consumers are all equally as vulnerable to being persuaded into entering their details.
Anonymity can mean the paths of cybercriminals are harder to track. There are hundreds of websites operating on servers which are rerouted to avoid pinpointing perpetrators. A real concern is, these crimes are often not isolated- they are usually part of a wider network of organised crime. Anonymity empowers the cybercriminal as it allows an offsetting of responsibility onto younger, groomed and ill-informed people. This, in conjunction with hackers and coding becoming more complex and sophisticated, means that pinpointing a leader in the crimes can become nearly impossible. Unlike other forms of crimes which are based on tangible evidence and trail, coding can prevent and pervert the cause of justice.
Cyberspace and security are issues which are part of an uncertain and expanding market. It is essential that both businesses, employees and customers are constantly educated as a part of the process to minimalizing cyber crime. To manage uncertainties, protocol which may be implemented are practice drills of how to manage an intrusion (ethical in house hackers). This can be beneficial to protecting the business image and data, (PGI 2015- cyber crime conference attended recently).
In conclusion the Dark Web is and should be an intrinsic part of business and personal agendas. As the reliance on online spaces increases, measures need to be taken to ensure these are made more secure than they currently are.