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The Wild, Wild West of the Internet

Easiest Catch: Another Fish in the Dark Net

Portrait of Mark Lanterman

“The wild, wild west of the internet”: that’s what Mark Lanterman calls the dark web, a collection of websites that exist on an encrypted network that’s not accessible by traditional browsers. He should know; he’s seen it up close in his nearly three decades as a cybersecurity expert.

Lanterman is the chief technology officer of Computer Forensic Services, a company that provides electronic discovery, forensic analysis, and other cyber-related consultation services. Among Lanterman’s long list of notable accomplishments are his contributions to the US Secret Service and the training in digital evidence, computer forensics, and cybersecurity he has provided to the US Supreme Court.

“The dark web is like Deadwood, South Dakota, in the 1850s,” says Lanterman. “There’s no sheriff, I can buy or sell whatever I want, and no one can stop me because I’m invisible.”

He says that Google only indexes about 14% of internet sites. “There’s so much more going on than most of us are aware of.”

With the right software, however, anyone can access the dark web, as Lanterman will demonstrate during Easiest Catch: Another Fish in the Dark Net (Monday, October 7), a seminar that is part of LearningLife’s popular From the Field series and is being offered in cooperation with the University's Cybersecurity Boot Camp.

“I’ll be showing some dark web sites that were part of a real case that passed through my office in 2018–19. This is a real scam and the criminals are still out there,” he says. “I’ll also share some self-help tips to protect from becoming a victim. It is scary stuff, but the more society relies on technology, the more we need to take responsibility for our own protection.”

For an inside look at the U’s Cybersecurity Boot Camp, read “Cybersecurity Boot Camp Launches at the U of M.”

Published on September 25, 2019