In the area of cybersecurity, AppViewX continuously monitors cyberattack events occurring all over the world. The odd thing about cyber attacks is that they only look real when they happen to us. You may not know how organized the cybercrime industry is due to the lack of sufficient information. But keep in mind that more and more criminals are gaining access to advanced technology to carry out cyber attacks and the industry is growing exponentially.
In today’s article, we discuss the implications for us and try to make you aware of the digital underworld that has developed over the past few years. Gone are the days when cybercrime was associated with teenage hackers sending malicious content from their bedrooms. The industry is much more organized, and the entire Internet, even individuals and businesses, has developed its own dark side which is as real as the air you breathe.
What is the dark web?
The dark web, sometimes referred to as dark net, is the global web that resides on overlay networks that use the Internet. Its main feature is that it is widely used for illegal activities as it allows anonymous exchange and transactions of information. The dark web is only accessible through specific software and configurations. This allows private computers to do business anonymously without revealing identifying information such as location. The dark web is not indexed by search engines and is not publicly accessible without the required configuration and approval.
Dark Web and Deep Web
The terms dark web and deep web are often used interchangeably, but not in the same way. The dark web is a sub-set of the hard-to-reach deep web. A common feature of both is that neither is indexed by search engines.
However, if you know the URL, you can access the Deep Web from any web browser. However, dark web content is encrypted and requires certain software with the correct decryption key to access the content. Services like Tor Browser enable secure and untraceable transactions for countless websites to carry out illegal activities like selling drugs online, blackmail-related processes like ransomware and money laundering. to augment.
To fully understand dark and deep webs, we can imagine the Internet in three different layers. The surface layer is used by most of our daily lives for reasons such as email, e-commerce, electronic banking, and news. Underneath is the Deep Web, which is not indexed by Google, Yahoo, or Bing. And the third layer below is the dark web.
Digital certificate on the dark web
The fact that you are reading this blog indicates that you already knew and would have acquired concepts like Machine ID. Digital certificate For network devices. If not, the organization must do so because there is little it can do to prevent fraudulent attacks. But be aware that obtaining a digital certificate does not protect you from all the evils that exist in the world of the Internet.
There have been numerous reports of fake digital certificates such as SSL / TLS and code signing certificates found for sale on the dark web. Research project Reveals an existing underground market where sellers claim to issue fake EV certificates to UK and US businesses for less than $ 2,000. There is a stable offer of compromise SSL / TLS certificate 5 Darknet markets – Dream Market, Wall Street Market, Block Booth, Nightmare Market, Galaxy 3.
Additionally, dark web providers claim to offer forged certificates from trusted certification authorities. We also provide counterfeit documents which allow hackers to present themselves as genuine businesses in UK or US.
By accessing the TLS certificate, an attacker can bypass browser validation such as HTTPS or secure browsing mode to perform malicious activity on user’s computer. in the same way Code signing Another area where an attacker can inject malware into software and use a fake certificate to obtain the identity of the original issuer.
Machine ID protection
Even with the rise of the Internet and prevention mechanisms such as digital certificate protection of machine identifiers, the use of fake certificates was eagerly awaited. Hackers are too smart to use fake certificates to carry out attacks. If a valid certificate is not used in web communication, the browser itself will display an “unsecured” message in the address bar. The pirates don’t want it. Hence, the adoption of fake certificates is on the increase and it is a better place to find fake certificates than the dark web, which is a haven for all illegal activity.
If you want to take full control of you Management of machine identifiers In this case, the best choice is to leave this task to a professional salesperson. More than just getting a certificate and installing it, you need more. With high-end automated processes and in-depth research on the latest trends and events, we can provide our customers with the latest solutions.
NOT. Automatic management of certificates and keys This ensures maximum security against increasing threats on the Internet. The world of illegal activity is expanding and the efforts of security companies are expanding. Leaving the identity management process to the vendor, the vendor’s only job is to create the best possible solution, dramatically reducing the risk of cybercrime and transforming the ecosystem into a safer place to do business. can do.
*** This is the Security Bloggers Network Syndicate blog. Blog – AppViewX Author Shub Ahmed.. Read the original message: https://www.appviewx.com/blogs/dark-web-a-haven-for-fake-digital-certificates/