June 18, 2019


Kathleen R. McMorrow

The Communications Optic, LLC.

Phone: 973.665.8167

Email: [email protected]

Ms. Hetherington discusses the nefarious world of the Dark Web

(Wanaque, NJ) Today, Cynthia Hetherington, founder and president of Hetherington Group (Hg), will giving the presentation, Understanding the Dark Web: Get an Inside Tour of this Nefarious World, to security experts at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence—performing work for the United States Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Department of Homeland Security, among other entities and agencies. Their experts focus on developing and implementing strategies across a multitude of security areas, including nuclear security, intelligence, defense, emergency response, nonproliferation, counterterrorism, energy security, emerging threats, and environmental management.

Ms. Hetherington’s presentation focuses on the rapidly increasing security threats lurking on the Dark Web—classified as a small portion of the World Wide Web that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers. There is an overall consensus that current awareness and monitoring on the Dark Web are vital components of any research or security process. Security analysts enter and search on the Dark Web for leads to possible terrorist threats, national security risks, and human trafficking rings, among other nefarious criminal acts.

“Darknet sites are often put up and taken down in a matter of minutes, specifically to maintain anonymity,” Ms. Hetherington explains. “Understanding this dark world of global criminal behavior is vital to our national security. It’s an honor to present at Los Alamos, whose security experts are at the forefront of protecting the homeland.”

Since 1998, Ms. Hetherington has trained over 180,000 corporate security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies in online intelligence practices. Her most recent clients include the U.S. Department Overseas Security Advisory Council; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations; U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; NY Mass Transit Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and The Ministry of Justice of The Hague, Netherlands.

Ms. Hetherington’s presentation will examine the Dark Web, the channels used to institute private sales and exchanges, criminal behavior conducted on the Dark Web, and examine Dark Web languages like Tor and Tails. For more information on the Dark Web, download Hg’s Dark Web Primer here.