It is somewhat ironic that almost all table games that focus on gambling have come from countries where gambling is forbidden, while at the same time being banned in their country of origin. The invention of the internet and the expansion of the deep web have given many an opportunity to bypass laws that forbid gambling. Most of the online gambling in these countries takes place on the deep and dark web and it is one competitive market.
Scams, Frauds, and Competition
Online casinos in countries where gambling is forbidden aren’t legal entities and as such, they usually don’t follow any rules at all. They mostly exist on the deep web and they are hard to track down because of two main reasons:
– The deep web is estimated to be at least 400 times larger than the surface web so tracking down criminal activity can be a problem
– Websites that are created on the deep web don’t stay online for too long so it is almost impossible to keep track of them
Dark web intelligence is not easy to gather and just a few years back it could be considered an impossible task. Temporary websites and almost complete anonymity allowed criminals to operate in the dark for far too long. To showcase the extent of this online gambling “business” you should know that these competitors don’t only pray on the uninformed but also launch attacks on each other. DDOS as a service is very common on the dark web so many gambling operators hire attackers to bring down their competition. It is a never ending war that has been going on for years and without the right web intelligence tool, they could probably keep doing what they are doing indefinitely.
How to prevent Illegal online Gambling?
As already mentioned, to prevent illegal activity on the deep web you would need a sophisticated artificial intelligence tool. Cobweb Technologies offer AI-powered web intelligence that could be the perfect solution for countries affected by this online gambling problem. Rather than tracking down the perpetrators manually, officials could leave this work to AI and focus on productive tasks that can benefit from manual labor. AI has the power to do something humans can’t – crawl and investigate message boards on the dark web. The only information it needs is a keyword (or a set of words) and it will get straight to work. Forums, message boards, and many other communication-based websites can be crawled in a matter of minutes. This is an automated process and the AI will not alert operators unless there is something to look at. While the team works on something else, the AI makes sure it looks into every single keyword and collects data that is noise-free. Once a threat actor is identified, the team in charge is informed immediately. These timely alerts enable officials to focus on their office work until there is a need for their attention
Online gambling is just the tip of the iceberg but it serves as a good example of how advanced technology can work both for and against threat actors. Just like humans can use the dark web in hopes to conceal their identity while profiting from illegal activity, the AI can do the same but much faster and more precise. Every message and piece of conversation that is left on the dark web can be found and processed by AI in minutes. A prompt response based on the AI alerts could make a big difference between bringing down a serious criminal organization or losing them from sight forever.