When most people think about the dark web, they think it’s a sketchy place where the ne’er-do-wells of the Internet gather. Despite its negative connotations to the less informed, the dark web made up of Tor hidden services has legitimate purposes. What is a Tor hidden service? It is a web server listening on the Tor network at an .onion address instead of a standard domain name like .com or .org. All of the traffic to and from a hidden service are end-to-end encrypted through Tor relays – without the need for an SSL certificate.
The NextCry strain of ransomware has made the headlines for infiltrating some improperly configured NextCloud servers, leaving many organizations asking, “Is NextCloud still secure to store my critical data?” The answer to that question is unequivocally, “yes.”