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More Watchful Eye Needed on 'dark Web' and Cybercriminal Activities, Notes New Paper

By FierceGovernmentIT

February 25, 2015

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New research calls for increased monitoring of the Dark Web by security researchers and government investigators.

Criminal enterprises are looking to use the hidden portion of the World Wide Web for illicit drug trades, arms trafficking, and even terrorism, says a paper published by the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

"The Dark Web has the potential to host an increasingly large number of malicious services and activities and, unfortunately, it will not be long before new large marketplaces emerge," warn the authors, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Synergia Foundation president Tobby Simon.

Governments, journalists, and dissidents have turned to this part of the deep Web for anonymity, but many cybercriminals also are committed to using this platform to prevent monitoring.

Chertoff and Simon note the complex composition and design of the Dark Web pose a challenge to efforts to monitor activities. They are calling for a comprehensive security response, which includes mapping the hidden services directory, analyzing customer Web data for connections to non-standard domains, and monitoring social media sites that exchange information and addresses for new hidden services.

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