The hidden part of the web, inaccessible to common folks like us is termed as “Dark Web”. When I say inaccessible, it is not like password-protected website or sites which don’t let you inside. This is a place hidden inside the normal internet we use every day but we never sense the presence of it.
Why they are hiding in dark?
“Researchers of King’s College in London classified the contents of 2,723 live dark web sites over a five-week period in 2015 and found that 57% host illicit material.”
You can buy credit card numbers, all manner of drugs, guns, counterfeit money, stolen subscription credentials, hacked Netflix accounts and software that helps you break into other people’s computers, devices that help you to hack tech devices including ATM skimmers, and anything that is illegal to buy in the world. You can hire hackers to attack computers for you. You can buy usernames and passwords. You can buy stolen prepaid debit cards, personal data of people like their bank details, property details, or any sensitive matters.
Services like hacking, malware distribution, DDoS, espionage, targeting attack, illegal access through RAT(remote access Trojans), Keylogger and exploits, phishing, etc were offered. In other words, most of the deep web data are for cheap sale on the dark web.
What exactly is dark web?
The terms “deep web” and “dark web” are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Deep web refers to anything on the internet that is not indexed by and, therefore, accessible via a search engine like Google. Deep web content includes anything behind a paywall or requires sign-in credentials. It also includes any content that its owners have blocked web crawlers from indexing. In other words, it available on the internet but you can’t search and find them with search engines like Google.
Medical records, fee-based content, membership websites, and confidential corporate web pages are just a few examples of what makes up the deep web. Estimates place the size of the deep web at between 96% and 99% of the internet. Only a tiny portion of the internet is accessible through a standard web browser—generally known as the “clear web”.
But the dark web is something not accessible through a regular browser or standard methods. It stays perfectly anonymous and stealth under the surface of regular internet.
Is the dark web illegal?
No, not entirely. The dark web is primarily a place of anonymity. Also this anonymity leads to illegal and illicit activities in the underground of dark web, there are good people access or access through dark web just because they want privacy.
“A lot of people use it in countries where there’s eavesdropping or where internet access is criminalized,”
Dark web also hosts numerous useful and good materials which you couldn’t find in plain normal internet like rare books, resources that are purposely hidden by mainstream news media and giant companies, etc. It provides a safe-house to people who want to discuss current (sensitive events) anonymously or who wants a safe passage to access other parts of internet through VPN tunnels.
There are several whistleblower sites, including a dark web version of Wikileaks, and other revolutionary sites. Even there are similar sites like Facebook in the Dark web version. Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent site that law enforcement officials have repeatedly shut down, is alive there.