Article – Dark Web

Article – Dark Web

JCAP101 Help Stop Fraud Dark WebThe Dark Web refers to a portion of the Internet that isn’t indexed by traditional search engines like Google or Bing. It requires special software, configurations, or authorization to access. It’s often associated with illicit activities due to its anonymity and encryption features, making it a haven for illegal trade, including drugs, weapons, counterfeit goods, and stolen data.

Fraud is prevalent on the Dark Web because it provides a platform for criminals to buy, sell, and trade stolen information, such as credit card numbers, login credentials, and personal data. This stolen data is often obtained through various means, including data breaches, phishing scams, or malware attacks.

If your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) has been released on the Dark Web due to a data breach, it can have serious consequences. Your PII can be used for identity theft, financial fraud, or other malicious activities. Once your information is out there, removing it from the Dark Web completely is challenging. Even if certain listings are taken down, they can easily resurface elsewhere.

The impact of this breach can be both immediate and long-term. Immediately, you might experience unauthorized charges on your accounts, identity theft, or other forms of fraud. Long-term consequences could include damage to your credit score, ongoing monitoring of your financial accounts, and the potential for future fraudulent activity.

You may want to seek Legal Counsel or even the prospect of joining a class action lawsuit, regarding the matter.

As for why popular search engines don’t index the Dark Web, it’s because the Dark Web operates on overlay networks that require specific software or configurations to access. These networks, such as Tor (The Onion Router) or I2P (Invisible Internet Project), provide anonymity by encrypting and routing internet traffic through a series of nodes, making it difficult for traditional search engines to index its content.

In summary, a data breach exposing your PII on the Dark Web can have severe repercussions, and it’s crucial to take immediate steps to mitigate the damage, such as monitoring your accounts, freezing your credit, and being cautious of phishing attempts.


JCAP101 Consumer Alert:

On May 6, 2024, I was notified by AT&T, via U.S. mail, that they experienced a data breach (in March 2024) which included my Personally Identifiable Information (PII). According to Internet Reports, this breach affected some 73 million current and past AT&T customers. What suprised me was that I terminated my service with AT&T in 2022 due to, what I believed was, overcharging and data throttling of my Internet service.

► See the recent enforcement results of the FTC in April 2024 – AT&T Data Throttling Refunds

I was really upset when I received AT&T’s letter because I assumed by PII would have been deleted when I terminated their services.

What did AT&T do to resolve the issue? They offered me a one-year free subscription to a credit monitoring service. Sorry, that insufficient offer doesn’t do anything to remove my PII from the Dark Web.

Google Search: Can my Personally Identifiable Information ever be removed from the Dark Web.

Apparently, AT&T does not delete customer PII when a customer terminates their service with AT&T.

Since, according to the Google Search above, PII cannot be removed once it is on the Dark Web; now I have another stressful situation to deal with thanks to AT&T’s inadequate data security protocols. . .

I have had to make the following decisions and changes as a result:

  • Filed a Complaint with the Texas Attorney General.
  • Filed a Police report in my local jurisdiction.
  • Placed a credit freeze on my credit reports with all three credit reporting agencies.
  • Joined a class-action lawsuit against AT&T for this plunder.

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