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I keep getting an offer from Norton for a dark web scan.  I know they're doing it so they can sell me on a Lifelock subscription, but if I did do the scan to see if my email is out there, how concerned should I be if it is?  Couldn't I just change my email password and be ok?

At this point, there has been so many data hacks, I would think just about everyone's email address would be out there.  There have been big hacks for years to get people's identities.  I wonder how many people really were affected. 

Still, identity theft is very scary.

The Gorn:
The dark web is all of the web that's visible through the Tor router and Tor browser. Allegedly even government spooks can't identify users from their dark web addresses alone, because it was CIA/NSA engineering used to create Tor in the first place, as an intelligence tool. So anyone trading stolen information on the darkweb is pretty well anonymous. Basically it's another "internet" side by side the public/real internet.

When I've used Tor and moused around there I guess I never found all of the good places where snuff movies and bomb making are available.

Once in awhile on some internet bulletin boards (example: the forum on "" gets this a lot) thieves will post offers of stolen credit card numbers and CV code lists for sale. I suppose even this board could get used to host such offers, until I see it and take it down.

So Norton is saying that they know places on the dark web where stolen ID credentials are available and they crawl that data?

They say they can scan the dark web for your email address and help you fix any problems if your identity is stolen.  This is their ad (minus the graphics).

   Norton by Symantec
Check to see if your email address is on the dark web?

You chose Norton to secure you everywhere online. Now it’s essential to have protection for your identity and if it’s stolen, get the right help to fix it. Data breaches can happen anywhere, anytime—even at big companies we know and trust. Here are just a few recent breaches:

BestBuy®, Delta Airlines, Sears, & Kmart   
Online chat service provider exposed names, addresses
and credit card numbers
in 2017 data breach

Cambridge Analytica™   
Up to 87 million Facebook™
users' public profile data
harvested by the political
consulting firm®   
Up to 880,000 customers'
payment card numbers
and related information may
have been accessed in
data breach   
KrebsOnSecurity reports
over 37 million consumer
records vulnerable on
website for months

Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5th and Lord & Taylor stores   
As many as 5 million
debit and credit cards
reported breached

Under Armour®   
Approximately 150 million
MyFitnessPal™ accounts

Don't wait for The Next Breach

Because you don't know when the next breach will happen, it's more important than ever to get help protecting your identity. Here's why:

Long after a data breach,
criminals can use your
personal info to harm
your identity.   Equifax
Over half of consumers
have experienced a
data breach.°
Because criminals can use
your info to file a tax return and
more, putting a freeze on your
credit may not be enough.

We Help Fix Identity Theft Problems

Norton and LifeLock are now part of the same company so we can help protect your identity. Not only do we see potential threats that you could miss by just monitoring your credit†, we can also help you restore your good name if your identity is ever stolen. Unsure if you need identity theft protection? Check to see if your email address is detected on the dark web.

–Your Norton Team

I don't know how Norton knows what to scan on the dark web, they don't say.  Just scan it, dummy!  You don't need to know our methods.  I bet if I did scan it, they'd be putting my email address out on the dark web.  What prevents them from doing that?  Who would know?

I'm really skeptical.  I guess Tor is only good if you know where to look.  Criminals know where but does Norton?  I kind of doubt it. 

The Gorn:
Three things.

It's just a marketing angle.

Norton cashing in on a current awareness of something almost nobody (not even here on this supposed IT board) really understands, the dark web.  It adds plausibility to paranoia.

Obscurity? Think - reformed black hats. This information is semi-well-known in hacking circles. How do journalists and whistle blowers find out this stuff? They probably have reformed black hats as sources who look for or are aware of this stuff.

Thirdly, about "searching for". If Norton even HAS this information then Norton *probably* crawls the dark web based  data  files  or websites for evidence. I doubt it's a real time up to the second transactional database of hacked information.  Norton doesn't have to store everything, just the key identifying information such as personal email addresses.

Doable if they actually back up the marketing hype with actions.

I have been on it just to look but was always careful about what I looked at. If you dont think the govmt is watching everyone than you got rocks in your head.


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