As I write this, there’s an automated malware attack burning across the internet and around the globe. The WannaCry malware is installing ransomware on Windows systems that has shutdown hospitals, police stations, government agencies and businesses in at least 150 countries. You’ve seen all the headlines about it, and probably walked away feeling a little hopeless about computer security. In reality you have more control than you probably realize. You know all that boring security advice about keeping your devices up to date? I’m going to tell you why that really matters to you.
Last week, a massive phishing attack using a fake “Google Docs” app made headlines. While Google was able to stop the attack within a few hours, in that short time the phishing attack reached an estimated 1 million people. Anyone who fell for the scam gave the attackers full access to their email account, including their list of contacts. The stolen data could then be sold on the Dark Web and elsewhere, used to commit identity fraud, and launch further attacks against the victim’s contacts.
But what the heck is the Dark Web really?