In an effort to establish better security, one dark web intelligence company has called for an industry-wide, standardized framework for evaluating and describing goods and services for sale on underground forums. This interesting and somewhat concerning topic came to us from Info Security in their article, “Researchers Call for a Shared Dark Web Taxonomy.”

The dark web is the World Wide Web content that exists on overlay networks that use the Internet but require specific software, configurations, or authorization to access. Don’t confuse the dark web with the deep web, which refer to the parts of the web not indexed or searchable by search engines.

Establishing an industry standard with the help of a taxonomy for something “off-industry” feels a little odd. Security is a concern though. Almost all sites on the dark web hide their identity through encryption. Sites on the dark web can be visited by anyone, but it is very difficult to work out who is behind the sites. It can be dangerous if you slip up and your identity is discovered – this is assuming you are on the dark web because you want to be anonymous.

Melody K. Smith

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