Welcome To The Dark Web
Almost everyone has heard of the Black Market, but what about the Dark Web? The Dark Web is a place where you can access web content that exists on a “darknet”, a network that hides inside the public Internet and requires specific software, configurations or authorization to access.
The content on the Dark Web isn’t indexed, so finding it is impossible unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. The easiest way to connect to the Dark Web is through an anonymity network called Tor. Tor can be used to search the “Surface Web” anonymously, but it is mainly used on the Dark Web. Tor bounces your searches through volunteer computers known as “nodes”, making it more difficult to track the origin of a search.
A large portion of this “dark market” is dedicated to illegal activities. It’s estimated that of the hidden services on the dark web, 15 percent relate to drugs, 9 to fraud, 4 to hacking, and 3 to porn. If you want to “buy” a virus to infect someones’ computers, the dark web is the place to go!
The dark web is viewed as a marketplace for illegal activities, but it’s also used every day for a wide variety of purposes by normal people, journalists, the military, law enforcement, and activists. In fact, the routing protocol that powers Tor was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense with the intent of protecting government communications.
From these promising beginnings, the dark web has evolved into something more dangerous and seedy. For example, the founder of the dark website “Silk Road” – a kind of eBay for illegal substances – was recently sentenced to life in prison! Unless you’re a hacker, willing to immerse yourself in this unsafe world of anonymity, we recommend avoiding the dark web. But remember, even though you cannot see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.