How Watching The Dark Web Could Have Stopped A $140,000 Theft

Dayne Lynn, a young Lloyds Bank employee from Scotland, was convicted at the start of 2019 for stealing $AUD140,000 from his customers’ accounts after he was blackmailed by criminals he met on the dark web.

The crimes began when Mr Lynn joined an internet chat forum and made the mistake of revealing he worked at Lloyds Bank in Glasgow. Mr Lynn was working as a member of a team that investigates fraudulent payments and transfers, where he had access to the accounts of many bank customers.

It wasn’t long before a group of criminals on the dark web forum ordered him to steal from accounts and transfer the money to them.

On July 18, 2016, between 7:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Lynn accessed almost 20 customer accounts and took tens of thousands of pounds, overcoming bank transfer restrictions using his Lloyds Bank employee credentials to access the accounts. The bank reversed all of the stolen money, however the identity of the culprit couldn’t be established for  over a year and Mr Lynn and his dark web associates almost got away with the crime.

The theft could have been averted if the bank had used Signal. Signal constantly monitors dark web traffic and simple search terms such as Lloyds Bank, banker or bank accounts might have allowed the bank to stop its staffer before he went down the road of fraud.

 Data Breaches Can Be Stopped Before They Happen

The Ponemon Institute’s 2018 IBM Cost of a Data Breach study reported the average time it takes to identify a data breach is a shocking 196 days.

The time it takes Signal security intelligence to identify a potential breach being arranged on the dark web: minutes.

Australian and New Zealand banks, institutions, businesses, hospitals and ASX/NZX-listed companies can all receive early indicators so you can be proactive about security and not caught off guard.

As the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner recently found

  • 78 per cent of data breaches involve individuals’ contact information

  • a third of the data breaches are financial details and a third health information.

 If You Know Potential Threats, You Can Set Your Own Search Terms

Signal is an extremely user-friendly app and can be used by any staff members with minimal training. Simply put in the search terms you feel your institution needs to monitor; Signal’s easy interface then provides alerts when what you’re looking out for appears online.

  • On a daily basis, Signal spots and reports Dark Web users offering to sell documentation and templates from banks and government as well as credit card numbers and logins

  • Signal parses through millions of postings and conversations to recognise questionable behaviour.

  • Signal is designed to recognise conversations regarding your business (bank, hospital, university) and determine the tone and context of potentially harmful language

  • ·You as the client set up your own monitoring parameters. For example, our Hollywood filmmaking clients ask us to identify those who want to hack, leak and illegally distribute intellectual property and scripts

  • Signal does all the heavy lifting, trawling the internet and sending you proactive alerts so that you hear about risks first – not 196 days later.

Data breach study author Larry Ponemon estimated a business is more likely to experience a data breach of 10,000 records than a person is to catch the flu over winter.

The average cost of EACH data breach in 2020 is anticipated to exceed $150 million, with worldwide costs estimated at $2 trillion

Don’t let a failure to watch the web cost your company.

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