SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) A recent report revealed that the identifies of children and even infants are being sold on the dark web. Cybersecurity Expert Robert Jorgenson from Utah Valley University joined Good Morning Utah to weigh in on the matter.
The Dark Web refers to parts of the internet that are accessible with only encrypted, anonymized browsers that make it difficult to identify who is using it.
It is used by people who want anonymity. Political dissidents, whistle blowers, journalists in certain counties and other, but the protection it provides for these people can also be used by people wanted to sell things on a virtual black market.
There is a market for identities, including names, social security numbers, birthdays and other information.
It’s usually identity theft for purposes of tax fraud or other fraudulent claims. Criminals will file false tax returns using this information in an attempt to get some else’s tax refund. Another option is opening a line of credit in someone else’s name.
Children typically have a clean credit history and their social security numbers can also be used to claim as dependents to get a larger tax return.
Limit who you give the social security number and other information. If someone requests it and doesn’t require it, it may be safer not to provide it.
Many of these things that these services do can be handled by yourself, but for some, the convenience of having a company monitor these things may be worth it.
For more information check out https://www.identitytheft.gov/.