According to general manager Ludwig Sandell at Dignato AS, there are industrial trade secrets posted on the dark web, which concerns Norwegian companies, such as Statoil or DNB.
“Many companies have given up control of how valuable information is handled. In a time when it is so easy to get any information from the dark web,” Sandell said.
Sandell’s security adviser tests the security of businesses and looking for secret, hidden criminal networks where sensitive information is traded. The “surveillance center” of the security company is based in Porsgrunn, Norway.
“I have found information about an offshore wind power project by Statoil, which seem to have lost on a memory stick with measurement data and other information. It only took a few hours to find information about Statoil,” Sandell said.
Industrial espionage has always been a major international problem for big firms. Sandell found sensitive information about Norwegian companies including access to their monitoring and control system. If somebody gets access to that they can easily sabotage some important social functions. The manager also found information of another nature on the dark web: banking and credit card info, stolen credentials.
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