What’s a dark web?
Is it really that dark and scary place where anyone can buy stolen credit card numbers and order cyberattacks on their competitors, or is it a safe haven where people can read books and openly exchange ideas?
The answer – you guessed it – is YES.
Like the open web (often called surface web), the dark web is home for all sorts of things, most of them quite benign, and even progressive, like discussion forums for people living in countries where free speech is not encouraged. And honestly, in most parts of the world, it’s easier to buy guns and drugs on a street corner than on a dark web.
But the dark web does indeed have a dark side, and truly deserves every bit of its notorious reputation. Its anonymous nature helps bad actors conceive and execute all sorts of crimes, and its many hidden and invitation-only forums provide a safe place for them to brag about it.
Online investigators, researchers and analysts can gather evidence of financial crimes by venturing into the dark web. But first, they have to learn how to do it safely – without compromising their mission or revealing their intent.
If you are interested in learning about the dark web – what it is, how the criminals use it, and what type of information can be glimpsed from it that’s useful for financial crime investigations – we invite you to watch Nick Finnberg’s webinar: Tradecraft Training: How to Use Dark Web for Your Investigations.
Nick is our resident expert for all-things-financial-crimes. A former financial crime analyst, he is Authentic8’s OSINT training lead, and is the best person to share his insights about researching fraud and other crimes on the dark web. If you are new to the world of the dark web and are just beginning to use it for financial crime research, this webinar is a great way to get an introduction to this topic.
Here’s what Nick covers in this webinar:
- What is the dark web and when should you use it for investigations?
- How can investigations leverage the dark web safely?
- How can the dark web and OSINT be combined to improve investigation quality and productivity?