THE DARK INTERNET
WHAT IS DARK INTERNET OR DARK WEB?
The “dark web” is a part of the world wide web that requires special software to access. Once inside, web sites and other services can be accessed through a browser in much the same way as the normal web.
However, some sites are effectively “hidden”, in that they have not been indexed by a search engine and can only be accessed if you know the address of the site. Special markets also operate within the dark web called, “darknet markets”, which mainly sell illegal products like drugs and firearms, paid for in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
There is even a crowdfunded “Assassination Market”, where users can pay towards having someone assassinated.
Because of the the dark web’s almost total anonymity, it has been the place of choice for groups wanting to stay hidden online from governments and law enforcement agencies. On the one hand there have been whistleblowers using the dark web to communicate with journalists, but more frequently it has been used by paedophile groups, terrorists and criminalsto keep their dealings secret.
GOING DARK INTO DARK WEB
There are a number of ways to access the dark web, including the use of Tor, Freenet and I2P. Of these, the most popular is Tor (originally called The Onion Router), partly because it is one of the easiest software packages to use. Tor downloads as a bundle of software that includes a version of Firefox configured specifically to use Tor.
Tor provides secrecy and anonymity by passing messages through a network of connected Tor relays, which are specially configured computers. As the message hops from one node to another, it is encrypted in a way that each relay only knows about the machine that sent the message and the machine it is being sent to.
Rather than conventional web addresses, Tor uses “onion” addresses, which further obsure the content. There are even special versions of search engines like Bing and Duck Duck Go that will return onion addresses for Tor services.
It is a mistake to think that Tor is entirely anonymous. If a web site is accessed, it can still potentially find out information about whoever is accessing the site because of information that is shared, such as usernames and email addresses. Those wanting to stay completely anonymous have to use special anonymity services to hide their identity in these cases.
HOW ‘DARK’ IS THE DARK WEB?
The developers of Tor and organisations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF argue that the principal users of Tor are activists and people simply concerned with maintaining their privacy. Certainly, Tor has been used in the past for journalists to talk to whistleblowers and activists, including Edward Snowden).
However, even a cursory glance at the Hidden Wiki – the main index of dark websites – reveals that the majority of sites listed are concerned with illegal activities. Some of these sites are scams, and so it is not clear how easy it is to buy guns, fake passports and hire hackers from the services listed. But there are likely sites on the dark web where these things are entirely possible.
Although the dark web makes law enforcement agencies’ jobs much more difficult, they have had a great deal of success in bringing down sites and arresting their users and the people behind them. The most famous of these was the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, the person behind the most well known of the drug markets, Silk Road.
More recently, the FBI’s arrest of two users of a child abuse site on the dark web highlighted that they are now able to use a range of techniques to unmask Tor users’ real internet addresses.
HOW TO ACCESS THE DARK INTERNET?
Dark web or Dark internet is not like “www or .com” sites, and also you can’t able to remember the site’s URL always because the URL will be different from the normal .com sites. Example : URL of silk road 3.0 is http://reloadxnkwi5nsbg.onion , like wise the other URL’s also will be same like this.
The URL of dark internet or dark web will end with “.onion” and also they are referred as “.onion sites”. You can’t search this URL in your normal browser or normal search engine.
A special browser is used by the dark internet or dark web users to access the dark web. It is TOR browser. Almost every internet users may come across this TOR browser, but some may new to this, I will explain this for you.
Tor is a special browser built specially for accessing the .onion sites. Almost every dark internet user will use this TOR browser only. You can access every sites easily using tor browser. But note that you will be followed and monitored by the FBI or other secret government agencies. Avoid getting caught from law by using VPN’s.
To stay anonymous in the internet use VPN in your browser. Don’t go for free VPN’s, use paid VPN’s to avoid getting caught from law. VPN will hide your ISP’s and will make you anonymous in the internet.
DON’T USE PROXIES TO ACCESS THE DARK INTERNET OR .ONION SITES
Use only TOR browser to access the dark internet or .onion sites. Tor browser is available for windows, mac and linux. Download the Tor browser from the official Tor project site.
Don’t use proxies like TOR2WEB to access .onion sites. Because this proxies directly connect you to the tor and forward you to the regular internet traffic.
The disadvantage is that you will be tracked easily by the government or by your internet service provider. They can access or track the sites you check in tor proxy and also can snoop the passwords and other private information that you provide in the internet.
WHAT YOU CAN DO IN DARK INTERNET
The question arises for every users, as what you can do in the dark web?
You can do alot in the dark internet. Say you can buy fake passports, hire hackers, buy guns and other weapons, buy drugs etc.,
All illegal products are sold in dark internet. All the transactions in the dark internet takes place through Bitcoins. All the most wanted hackers and top hackers are available in the dark web.
The sites you should not visit, that is, the most dangerous and illegal sites in dark internet are Red room, silk road, and other hacking sites. I’m saying this sites because these sites are very dangerous and this may take you to prison. In Red room you can pay money through bit coins and torture the people that is been displayed in your system. You can cut their body parts or even kill them. Most of the red room sites are scam but there are some sites which really torture true people, so be careful before accessing the sites.
In silk road you can buy drugs, sell drugs, buy or sell weapon and other illegal products, but before accessing those please keep your anonymity by using VPN’s.
Read also: What is Red room?
Read also: what is silk road?
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