Prevent Cyber Threats with Dark Web Monitoring at Scale
Use Webhose’s dark web data feed to monitor and respond to the leak or abuse of sensitive information. We offer dark web monitoring for non-public information (NPI), personally identifiable information (PII), and all other forms of sensitive data published on the dark web.
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Find the Dark Web Data You Need to Detect, Investigate, and Act on Malicious Activity
Webhose.io’s darknet API offers superior cyber security coverage and dark web monitoring, with millions of sites, files, marketplaces, and messaging platforms crawled daily.
Simplified Data Extraction
Save developer time and money by focusing on your core competence instead of writing scrapers. Webhose’s darknet API provides access to structured and unstructured data with one endpoint.
Access Hidden Content
The dark web and cyber crawler extract encrypted and password-protected illicit content to compile robust dark web data feeds.
Get a structured JSON or XML feed with enriched entities, using a simple API call, so you can start mining your enriched data immediately.
Cyber threat intelligence monitoring capabilities built to help you identify and respond to new content as it gets published on the darknet.
Reduce noise with granular filtering: site names, keywords, entities like wallet IDs, email addresses, phone numbers, credit cards, and many other advanced filters.
360° Darknet Coverage Available
How Cyber Security Organizations Use Webhose Dark Web Data
Use dark web data feeds to monitor darknet marketplaces and other arenas of illicit trafficking in drugs, weapons and hacking tools, and see hidden communications between bad actors.Learn more
Financial Fraud Detection
Use Webhose’s darknet data provider to create proactive alerting systems for leaked credit card numbers and other confidential information, and investigate cryptocurrency transactions via blockchain addresses.
See How Webhose Extracts and Structures Darknet Content
The dark web sometimes referred to as the darknet or the dark web, is part of the deep web. The dark web is often used for illegal activity, carried out by individuals operating in anonymity. This activity includes the sale or publication of stolen private data, the distribution of child pornography, and unmonitored discussions, exchange, and negotiations of drugs, child pornography, human trafficking, and other criminal activity.
In some instances, however, the dark web may be used for a worthy activity that is contingent on anonymity, such as investigative journalism, providing a platform to whistleblowers or oppressed groups.
Dark web monitoring is an important tool in cybersecurity, meant to monitor the parts of the internet that are not accessible using popular search engines or web browsers. Thanks to dark web monitoring, individuals and organizations are able to keep their information safe and be alerted in case a breach puts them, their assets, or their network in danger.
This can allow for more time to prepare and even prevent a cyber attack, potential cyber extortion, or even identity theft. Webhose’s dark web monitoring API crawls the depths of the dark web to deliver customized alerts close to real-time.
The dark web is a section of the deep web. The deep web differs from the internet you probably know and regularly use, which is accessible through popular search engines. The deep web holds encrypted web pages that search engines can’t crawl or indexes, such as paywalled content, databases, password-encrypted data, and private online communications.
The dark web sits within that and includes anonymous forums, stolen information that people have not consented to share, and platforms enabling criminal activity carried out by anonymous players. This activity includes child pornography, drug deals, identity theft, and more.
The dark web is often used to conduct illegal activity, ranging from the sale of private data such as credit card numbers and social security numbers, all the way to child pornography and human trafficking. Dark web monitoring can help you protect your information’s privacy online, and prevent cybersecurity threats by alerting you to breaches in close to real-time.
Webhose’s dark web data monitoring API produces alerts tailored to the keywords you choose to monitor, which can include your brand name, your website, your email address, or even entities such as a wallet ID.
Dark Web Monitoring & How to Best Use Dark Web Data
Today more than ever, monitoring the dark web is crucial for organizations in order to defend against cybersecurity threats. Dark web providers give organizations the ability to safely access, identify and mitigate against these threats.
You may have come across news stories or even ads referencing the “dark web” or the “darknet”, an ominous-sounding ‘place’ in cyberspace where breached data of organizations or individuals is traded freely to evildoers, resulting in catastrophic consequences for both. The leak of private information to the dark web can result in identity theft, account takeover, data breaches, extortion attempts, and additional financial and reputational damage that can take years, and considerable resources, to reverse. Here, we break down what the dark web actually is, what dark web data is out there, and how to keep your information safe using Webhose’s best-in-class dark web monitoring tool.
The World Wide Web you know is actually a small fraction of web pages that are findable by you, usually using search engines such as Google. However, there is a larger layer beneath what’s on the surface, called the deep web. These are web pages that search engines won’t direct you to: paywalled content, databases, password-encrypted data, private communications over messaging platforms, and more. Due to the sheer magnitude of information that’s exchanged privately over the internet, you can imagine that the deep web, which includes dark web data, vastly exceeds the amount of data in the searchable web. In fact, by some estimates, the deep web accounts for 99% of the internet.
The dark web, which sits within the deep web, is where you’ll find information that people have either not consented to share or are sharing after going to great lengths in order to remain anonymous. This includes worthy causes such as private forums designed to escape the eye of oppressive governments or legitimate journalistic investigations. The flip side, however, is the commonplace criminal activity on the dark web, which includes the sale of stolen personal information and of breached data from governments or organizations, drug deals, human trafficking deals, and the circulation of child pornography.
Accessing this potentially dangerous information is done through a dark web provider, and not through the typical web browsers we use to conduct our businesses and personal lives online. A dark web provider allows individuals to access and actively participate in the dark web while their communication and data remain encrypted. For this reason, dark web users often refer to the internet we know as ‘clearnet’, implying its unencrypted and thus exposed nature.
Visiting and participating in the dark web using a dark web provider is not illegal, though it’s often used to conduct illegal acts. Thanks to the cloak of anonymity provided by the dark web, authorities find it challenging to identify and prosecute criminals, and individuals and organizations that fall victim to data breaches are often left helpless in the face of the fallout.
This is where technology like Webhose’s dark web monitoring API comes in and saves the day. Dark web monitoring, or cyber monitoring, are tactics employed by organizations and individuals keen on protecting their identity and private information online. Webhose’s API regularly scans the dark web, allowing you to tap into dark web data feeds in near real-time.
Although the dark web data mined is potentially infinite, Webhose enables you to remain focused on the topics and keywords that interest you by applying filters to the dark web data feeds. These filters include domains, specific keywords such as your full name or brand name, entities, personal information such as wallet ID, credit card, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses, etc. Using a simple API call, the dark web data feeds are viewable in JSON or XML format, so there’s virtually no wait time to view and start mining the enriched data.
Dark web monitoring may sound overwhelming, but if you or your business have data you’re looking to keep private in cyberspace, you should absolutely keep your eye on the dark web. Speak to one of Webhose’s experts to learn more about cybersecurity, dark web monitoring, and how to stay ahead of malicious activity online.