What is Dark Web Monitoring?
The “dark web” refers to the section of the internet that requires additional privacy support from visitors that can be provided by services like Tor and I2P. Entities (including websites) within the “dark web” are known as hidden services, and due to the access requirements for these services, they are not indexed by commonly-used search engines like Google. Naturally, some criminals take advantage of this extra security and privacy to buy, sell, and trade all manner of contraband, including stolen credentials.
Unfortunately, not all criminal activity takes place solely via the dark web, which means dark web monitoring tools offer insufficient protection. A large volume of criminal transactions, which can include the sale and trade of fresh breach data, happen through private exchange within trusted networks.
SpyCloud goes beyond dark web monitoring by leveraging human intelligence to infiltrate criminal communities and gain access to data that isn’t available otherwise, giving enterprises greater — and faster — visibility of exposed credentials and PII that threaten the security of their users’ accounts.
What Is Dark Web Monitoring?
Companies seeking to protect customer and employee data often invest in dark web monitoring tools to alert them if their compromised data is being advertised or sold on dark web forums, as this is something they cannot do alone. Most tools use automated scanners, crawlers, and scrapers to locate stolen credentials on public sites.
Unfortunately, by the time stolen credentials appear on the deep and dark web, the data has often been available for months or years within criminal private communities.
The key is to identify breach exposures early — before criminals have had a chance to use them. SpyCloud researchers infiltrate criminal communities to gain access to data as soon as possible, empowering organizations to reset compromised credentials early and prevent account takeover.
Only SpyCloud recaptures data from breaches, malware-infected devices, and other underground sources. It’s the same data fraudsters use, but our proprietary engine cleanses, curates and transforms it into actionable insights. Our solutions enable enterprises to automatically remediate compromises, so there’s no heavy lifting – only fast, automated account protection.
Detect Exposures Early with SpyCloud
Account takeover attempts may be highly targeted, particularly early in the breach timeline, making early detection critical. The earlier username and password breaches are flagged, the sooner action can be taken to force a password reset. The sooner the password is changed to a stronger, uncompromised one, the shorter the window attackers have to take advantage of vulnerable accounts.
SpyCloud enables you to protect your users from both automated credential stuffing attacks and more advanced types of account takeover attacks with fast, automated remediation of compromised credentials.
Dark Web Data API
In addition to solutions for the enterprise, SpyCloud offers the ability to integrate our data — the most comprehensive compromised credential collection in the industry — to companies who are looking to offer their customers dark web monitoring or identity protection services.
Many digital banking platforms, mobile operators, and security solution providers make use of our data via a fast, easy-to-use, secure API.
How It Works:
SpyCloud recaptures data from the dark web, to the tune of 1+ billion assets per month. This data can be integrated into your application or website, enabling you to alert consumers when their credentials and other data have been found on the dark web and guiding them to take action to protect themselves.
Our award-winning products enable you to proactively protect your users’ accounts and thwart online fraud.
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