The most common Top ten list of common Dark Web activities that organizations should watch on the dark web that indicate a possible data breach.

Research at Terbium Labs released the list most common signs on the dark web that indicates a possible breach taken place.

The dark web is the anonymous part of the deep web that requires some additional tools to access Dark web. the dark websites are intentionally hidden from the search engines.

List of Top Ten Dark Web Activities

Doxing of VIP

The most common indicator is the personal, financial, and technical information about the target organizations in the Dark web and clear websites like Pastebin.


Full PANs, BINs, payment cards for sale

The breach can be identified by monitoring the new cards updated in the markets. According to Terbiumlabs a single payment card on the dark web costs $5 and $20.

Guides for opening fraudulent accounts

Checking the dark web forums that offer step-by-step instructions on how to exploit or defraud a target organization.

This could have an dual impact, cybercriminals take advantage of exploiting your organization system and the target organization is primarily focussed by the cybercriminals.

Proprietary source code

Source code leak could allow attackers competitors to steal an organization’s intellectual property and the attackers could examine the source code to find the vulnerabilities to be exploited.

Dump of a database

Third party data breaches may put the organizations at risk, by having the employee details attackers can break into company account and can launch a spear phishing attack.

Template to impersonate a customer account

The dark web contains full of account templates that allows a scammer to pose as customers of financial institutions, telecommunications companies, and other service providers.

Fraudsters used the documents to solicit loans, open accounts, to purchase security certificates or as part of identity theft.

Connections between employees and illicit content

Posts doxing individuals who engage in illegal activities on the dark web, such as child exploitation, can draw undue negative attention to their employers or affiliated organizations.

Tax-fraud documents

Before tax season each year, there is a rush of activity on the dark web to gather compromised identity information in order to file fraudulent tax returns before the legitimate taxpayer can.

Dark web vendors post Employer Identification Numbers and family packs that allows fraudsters to file the returns before the legitimate taxpayer.

Secure access and specialty passes

While most of the materials on the dark web are for generalized personal information, vendors sometimes offer special access materials. These can range from the benign, e.g., amusement park tickets, to the more concerning, e.g., military IDs.

Inexpert dark web searching

Inexperience dark web searching can also open more harm to your company, for example, a continuous search of CISO’s name the dark web search engine Grams make’s it trending and brings to the front page of the site.

Recent Major Dark Web Detections

Cybercriminals obtained the digital certificate as like a specific buyer by submitting the stolen corporate identities of the legitimate owner and selling them in underground forums.

Facebook credentials sold on the dark web for just $5.20 per account and they allow cybercriminals to obtain complete control over your account and post variety of scams. Gmail accounts are sold for $1 per account. Login details of food website GrubHub sold for $9 and the Airbnb account credentials for $8.

Cybercriminals sold remote desktop protocol (RDP) access to hacked machines on Dark Web for $10. RDP shops emerge again and this time even bigger.


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