Deciphering Dark Net Market Terminology

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Many subversive communities use niche terminology and phrases. The world of dark net markets is no different. Dark Net Originally synonymous with “deep web,” this is any part of the net which is not search engine accessible. Today, “dark net” is commonly used as a misnomer for hidden services accessible only through Tor or I2P. The Tor Project prefers “deep web,” because it does not imply nefarious usage. Clear Net An antonym to “dark net,” the clear net is comprised of search engine accessible sites. Dark Net Market In the case of dark net markets, “dark net” is a misnomer to represent markets only accessible as hidden services. These markets generally use Bitcoin or other crypto currencies for payment, often for illicit items. The “DarkNetMarkets” subreddit maintains a list of popular Tor and Bitcoin markets. Tor According to the Tor Project, “Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.” Tor is needed to access most dark net markets, with easiest access provided by the Tor Browser bundle. All traffic passes through at least three Tor “relays” before reaching it’s destination. Tor …