Dark Web – The Dark side of Internet – All you need to know!

 

If you ask you this question “Ask me a question (more precisely a riddle) that does not exist on Google or that which Google cannot answer?” We for sure know that you will be dumbstruck or will be straining your brain too hard but in vain. If you were born in this century or else learned to live in this era you are as much dependent on Google as we are. For people like us internet starts with Google and may end at yahoo, Bing or Duckduckgo like search engines. Basically these search engines index the internet content for us according to their Algorithms to give us the best results. But are we really sure that internet doesn’t extend beyond these search engines reach? Is there a hidden side of the Internet or a darker more shady side? Well the answer is Dark Web.

 

What is Dark Web?

Dark Web, DarkNet or Deep Web are the terms used for referring to invisible web or hidden parts of World Wide Web. In Internet terminology Dark Web is a small encrypted part of the much larger Deep Web not indexed by standard search engines. And you never imagined life without Google? Well! Here we will give you a Reason to think about World Wide Web without Google.

Lets get into some detail :-

Basically Deep Web being the perfect opposite of surface web is best explained using an Iceberg example. The Tip of an Iceberg can be seen above ocean surface which is Big but not big enough when compared to its actual structure that lies beneath the water. Iceberg’s are actually very big mountain like structures and only their tips are visible outside water which gives a false impression of it’s size and hence ships are deceived.

The same way the internet we use or the one’s search engines can access, is just the tip of the much larger World Wide Web and Deep Web is the part of the Iceberg hidden below the ocean and constitutes of the larger and dangerous part.

Dark Web Some Facts:

Fact 1 – The Dark Web has been in existence since the boom of the internet in 2000’s.  Because basically anything that search engines cannot index or access comprises of Dark Web. Whatever data companies or military’s hide from the public, or the data that needs user access to see from Login credentials to everything confidential falls under the Dark Web. So basically unknowingly you have been using the Dark Web but in a pretty safe and controlled environment.

Fact 2 – The  side of Dark Web comprises of a collection of thousands of websites that use anonymity tools like Tor and I2P to hide their IP addresses. They are used for anything from Drug/Arms Trade, Terrorism, Hacking and Child pornography to anonymous whistle blowing and protecting users from censorship and surveillance.

Fact 3 – The Recent years has become more of a mainstream entity with its recent expose of Drug Trade, Adult Sites Data, child Pornography, Whistle blowing and Piracy like Dark web Kabali. With the introduction of Bit-Coin and Escrow services Hacking and Trading of Arms etc. has become more and more prevalent on the Dark Web. It is attracting more and more users and victims due to its anonymity and less restrictions.

Fact 4 – Websites on Dark Web don’t have a regular address and instead have long Alphabetic no meaning addresses that is the result of Onion Routing. Also they end with a .onion Domain.

Fact 5 – Websites on Dark web are subject to regular changes. Closing or changing of their web addresses frequently. as they are on run from cyber law enforcement agencies, due to the illegal nature of most of the websites.

 

How to Access Dark Web Links or Darknet?

The Dark Web Links cannot be Googled so Welcome to Onionland! An Official way to browse the unofficial! The Clearnet is a  road left behind and we’re out in the woods. This may seem spooky and difficult but this is the easiest part. To access Deep Web all you need is a free software named Tor Browser.

If you ask you this question “Ask me a question (more precisely a riddle) that does not exist on Google or that which Google cannot answer?” We for sure know that you will be dumbstruck or will be straining your brain too hard but in vain. If you were born in this century or else learned to live in this era you are as much dependent on Google as we are. For people like us internet starts with Google and may end at yahoo, Bing or Duckduckgo like search engines. Basically these search engines index the internet content for us according to their Algorithms to give us the best results. But are we really sure that internet doesn’t extend beyond these search engines reach? Is there a hidden side of the Internet or a darker more shady side? Well the answer is Dark Web.

 

What is Dark Web?

Dark Web, DarkNet or Deep Web are the terms used for referring to invisible web or hidden parts of World Wide Web. In Internet terminology Dark Web is a small encrypted part of the much larger Deep Web not indexed by standard search engines. And you never imagined life without Google? Well! Here we will give you a Reason to think about World Wide Web without Google.

  • Just Download the Tor Browser Bundle from Here www.torproject.org .
  • It contains all the required tool, Hence, Run the Downloaded File.
  • Choose an extraction location.
  • Open the Folder where it has been extracted.
  • Click on Start Tor Browser.

 

The core principle of Tor, “The onion routing”, was developed in the mid-1990’s by United States Naval Research Laboratory employees, to protect U.S. intelligence communications online. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than seven thousand relays, with encryption at every relay, to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. So Basically Tor was made by US Navy for their purpose of anonymous communication and not to browse Deep Web but to be anonymous you need to be online among others and hence it was started.

NoteTor is not meant to completely solve the issue of anonymity on the web. It is not designed to erase a user’s tracks but to simply make it less likely for sites to trace back to them.

Now that finally you have installed Tor Browser You think you have accessed the Deep Web! Well Nope!. This is the difficult part – knowing where to look. You may find Good or bad sites, its all up to your conscience and sense of possibility and perspective.

For a little start we can provide you with a page that has managed to sort out onion sites for you and yes it’s name is the hidden wiki.

 

Tor Browser and DarkNet : The Good and The Bad

1. Advantages of Dark Web

  • Deep web includes very common uses such as web mail, online banking and paid for services with a paywall such as video on demand.
  • Deep Web is a very secure and confidential platform for Hacktivist. Groups such as Anonymous and other Whistle Blowers like Edward Snowden for exposing sensitive data without getting tracked.
  • Anonymity and security of various military and intelligence communications are the main advantages of Tor Browser.
  • Deep Web is the privileged channel used by governments to exchange documents secretly, for journalists to bypass censorship of several states and also dissidents to avoid the control of authoritarian regimes Like in case of Arab Spring.
  • Since the network is distributed, it makes it extremely difficult for any government or organization to shut it down.

2. Disadvantages of Darknet

  • The Disadvantages of tor browser starts with its very slow speed as the data is routed through a number of relays. Also Tor relays are actively searched and blocked by some ISP’s.
  • Many People who use Tor use it specifically for anonymity because they are doing something illegal. They use it to gain access to censored information, or to circumvent laws against criticism of heads of state etc.
  • Since the traffic at the exit node is not encrypted, anyone running the exit node can see your internet traffic. Also, anyone can setup a Tor exit node and there’s nothing you can do to prevent that person from spying on the users.
  • Darknet is used for computer crimes such as Hacking, File Corruption and sale of restricted goods.
  • Darknet is notorious for successful Drug Trade (eg. silkroute), Child Pornography and Piracy

Final words

To the finally, If we are a Professional or just willing to build your skills. Tor and its hidden services are a great way to enhance, learn and build your navigation skills. But this Blog in no way encourages you to use Dark Web. It just gives you a detailed information about Dark Web. So that you can take necessary precautions before you head on for it. It’s not completely evil but yes if you find something too good to be True on dark Web then it probably.

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