Digital Forensics and the Dark Web

Part 1 of a two-part series
Provided by Mission Critical

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how digital evidence plays a role in criminal investigations.
  2. Identify good cyber hygiene practices.
  3. Raise awareness of the activity taking place on the dark web.
  4. Analyze the current frameworks available in the field of digital forensics investigations.


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Below are a set of links to articles from Mission Critical. Click on each link below to read the articles and then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

The separation between virtual and physical worlds that once existed is now gone. From cyberattacks to criminal investigations, see how digital forensics and the dark web are affected by the digital transformation.

The Role of Digital Forensics in Criminal Investigations
As the digital transformation continues to proliferate, law enforcement relies more and more on digital forensics when investigating criminal cases. Several researchers have proposed frameworks to guide digital forensics investigations; however, none have eliminated the line between criminal investigations and digital forensics investigations.
Amy Al-Katib

The Top 20 Passwords Found on the Dark Web
There’s a direct correlation between the amount of data being generated and consumed and the number of data breaches. And, as a result, cyberattacks are at an all-time high.
Amy Al-Katib

Could Modern Technology Have Changed the Past?
If you haven’t read “The Cuckoo’s Egg,” I highly recommend it; however, it’s not required to proceed. Sure, there may be a few details here and there that aren’t 100% clear, but you’ll get the gist of it.
Amy Al-Katib

The Dark Web: DDoS Attacks Sell for as Low as $10 Per Hour
According to Nexusguard’s 2020 Threat Report, in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, DDoS attacks increased by more than 278% compared to Q1 2019, and by more than 542% compared to the previous quarter.

Dangerous Cyberattack Kits Cost Less Than $50 on the Dark Web
With cyberattack kits being so readily available on the dark web and the prices so low, anyone who dares step into the dark net can acquire the tools needed to launch a cyberattack.

A close look into the $17.3 million-worth dark web market
The most expensive merchandise overall was passports, with an average price of $600 per document. Czech, Slovakian, or Lithuanian passports were the costliest, with an average price of $3,800. An American passport only costs $20.


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Originally published in December 2022