The Dark Web Pushes Social Boundaries

February 9, 2018

When the Silk Road, the infamous dark web drug, weapon, and other illegalities emporium, was broken up the general public peered into a frightening world. Everything is for sale for the right price, even things you didn’t know were out there, as we discovered in a recent Naked Security story, “Babies’ Data Being Sold to Tax Fraudsters on the Dark Web.”

According to the story:

“Terbium Labs says that for the “relatively high price” of $312, a buyer can purchase an infant’s name, Social Security number, date of birth, and mother’s maiden name. All a thief has to do is claim a child dependent that they don’t actually have, and presto: that $312 investment turns into the maximum child tax credit of $1,000 per child.”

That is frightening news. More unsettling still is the idea that we still have no hold on this underworld. Governments are currently hacking into the dark web to try to monitor it, but the web geniuses running it are likely to stay a step ahead. This is just a reinforcement that we all must stay diligent in analog forms, like checking credit scores and scouring credit card bills for anomalies. For now, this seems like the only way for individuals to respond to the cracks in social boundaries.

Patrick Roland, February 9, 2018

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