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What’s lurking on the Dark Web?

Large scale hacks happen all the time exposing data that can cost you your credit, your reputation, and a lot of money. All of that sensitive information is potentially going up for sale on the dark web.

By: Carly O’Keefe, KFVS

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) – It’s no longer a question whether or not your personal information is at risk. Large scale hacks happen all the time exposing data that can cost you your credit, your reputation, and a lot of money. All of that sensitive information is potentially going up for sale on the dark web.

“Mine was the Chipotle hack of 2017,” said Southern Illinois University Cyber Security Student Travis Durbin. “We were in Memphis for a baseball tournament and didn’t know anything about it. Couple of weeks later almost a month later we were contacted by my bank and they said ‘hey you’re possibly part of the hack. We need to get you a new debit card.”

In Durbin’s case, the breach cost him only a few minor charges and did lead to a financial disaster, but many others aren’t so lucky.

“There are data breaches that happen all the time, and probably more likely than not somebody has had their credit card numbers stolen,” said SIU assistant professor of Information Systems Technology Tom Imboden. “If it’s for sale on the Dark web, you’re probably not going to know about it until you start getting those bills that show up because somebody’s buying things with your stolen credit card number.”

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