Dark Web and the Manufacturing Industry


The dark web provides the anonymity cybercrooks need to do their bidding in the shadows of the internet. That anonymity gives these criminals the reach to affect individuals as well as major enterprises across a variety of industries, and manufacturing is not immune to this fate.  

Here are a few of the threats posed by the dark web that could affect your manufacturing operations: 

  • Trade secrets and formulas – Proprietary manufacturing information is popular and easy to sell.  
  • Research data – Any research data is a hot commodity, but especially medical research in these uncertain times during the coronavirus pandemic.  
  • Payment card information – stolen or skimmed credit card data (and the software to capture it) is always in demand.  
  • Blueprints and security details – Whether it is physical buildings or IT networks, schematics and planning data is useful for cybercrooks.  
  • Financial records – This multipurpose data is especially attractive for money laundering, blackmail, spearfishing and identity theft.  

Cybercriminals also are expanding the services they offer on the dark web these days. Instead of selling data, many crooks are now selling “as a Service” packages. These malicious insiders with access to specialized data, systems or institutions make a pretty penny selling their services to facilitate other cybercrimes.  

Don’t fall victim to the perils on the dark web. 2W Tech can help. We rely on Dark Web ID from ID Agent, the industry’s first commercial solution to detect your compromised credentials in real time on the dark web. Using a proprietary technology, Dark Web ID vigilantly searches the most secretive corners of the Internet to find compromised credentials associated with your company, contractors and other personnel, and notifies you immediately when these critical assets are compromised, before they are used for identity theft, data breaches or other crimes. Call 2W Tech today to learn more.

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