The Dark Web

This term is becoming increasingly heard – but do you know what it is and how it may affect you?

OK, so what is it?  According to Wikipedia, the darknet websites are accessible through specific networks and certain accessible sites used widely among darknet users and provides anonymous access to the internet.  Specializing on allowing the anonymous hosting of websites, the identities and locations of darknet users stay anonymous and cannot be tracked due to the layered encryption system.  It is a complicated system which makes it almost impossible to track the geolocation and IP of the users.

The darknet is used for illegal activity such as illegal trade, forums and media exchange for pedophiles and terrorists.

So, how do you know if your information is on the darknet?  As part of the National Tax Security Awareness campaign, the IRS is offering a free public webinar on how identity thieves use the Dark Web.  This 100-minute webinar to be held on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST will help taxpayers understand the Dark Web and how it is used as a repository for stolen identities, credit data, tax information and banking/financial information.

If you would like to register for this FREE webinar to hear an overview of the Dark Web and answers to questions to help you recognize the risks and use of the Dark Web by cyber criminals, go to





About the Author

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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