The Dark Web is More Like a Set of Dark Silos

The Dark Web is More Like a Set of Dark Silos

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  The dark web is not nearly as social a place as the world wide web, researchers find. Researchers recently conducted a comprehensive charting of the dark web, starting with the central hubs of “.Onion” domains, and created an algorithm to scan links from each site. They found 7,178 sites. 25,104 links connected all of these sites together. Those sites which did not have links incoming could not be found. The researchers – Virgil Griffith, Yang Xu, Carlo Ratti – discovered that 87% of dark web sites do not link to other sites. To account for websites regularly appearing and disappearing, the authors only included sites that responded to their crawlers. “In our analysis, before pruning nonresponding domains, we found a graph of 13,117 nodes and 39,283 edges. After pruning, we have a graph of 7,178 nodes and 25,104 edges (55% and 64% respectively). In all results, we refer to this graph pruned of nonresponding domains as simply ‘the darkweb graph’”. The researchers, through their research, determined the dark web is no web. But, rather, a set of  “dark silos,” according to the preliminary paper posted on ArXiv this week. The researchers performed a second crawl to collect instances of …

How the Dark Web Works

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Beneath our everyday internet lurks a murky network of encrypted sites known as the Dark Web. Is it all bad? No. But it does fuel a lucrative criminal subculture that could threaten businesses and consumers. The Dark Web is an ominous network of shadowy hackers hellbent on stealing company data, overthrowing the country, and selling drugs to your kids with Bitcoin. Or is it? The hidden and encrypted internet enables hackers and activists and criminals. It’s also a wonderful source for shocking headlines and salacious YouTube stories, and a communication and privacy-enhancing platform. Powered by a network of encrypted websites and accessible only by using a complex set of security tools, the Dark Web is as intriguing as it is beguiling. To understand the realities of the hidden internet, better grab a flashlight. The Dark Web and the deep web are terms often confused and used interchangeably. The deep web is a term that refers to sites and pages unavailable to the general public and not indexed by traditional search engines, like corporate intranet sites, private social media posts, and pages with nofollow search tags. Above the deep web hovers the clearnet, the traditional internet and mobile web used by …

The FBI Wants Zero Privacy Security, Bitcoin Community Should Protect its Freedoms

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For security agencies like the FBI there is no difference between Bitcoin and Monero regarding their use in the crypto market or the dark web, says Bitcoin Core Developer and Advisor to Coinkite, Peter Todd, to CoinTelegraph. All they want is “zero security systems with zero privacy.” Todd explains: “I will even word that a little differently: these people will only be happy when we have zero privacy security. Good security should give you good privacy – they’re not separate concepts.” European Drug Report 2016 on Bitcoin and Tor Todd’s view comes in the wake of a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction saying that the anonymous use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies allows for the purchasing of illegal items such as drugs or weapons. However, the payment may be traced and lead to criminal charges. Thus, a range of strategies are used to hide users’ identities and conceal the physical locations of servers. The report states: “These include anonymisation services such as Tor (The Onion Router) which hide a computer’s IP address when accessing the site; decentralised and relatively untraceable cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Litecoin, for making payments; and encrypted communication between market …

Deep Web Documentary Shines Light on the Rise and Fall of the Silk Road

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On  February 4, 2015, a young man named Ross Ulbricht was convicted of seven charges laid in a U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan. On May 29, 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. He was accused of being the owner and operator of the Silk Road website, the most popular online drug marketplace. The indictment charged Ulbricht in seven counts, including narcotics trafficking, narcotics trafficking by means of the Internet, conspiring to commit narcotics trafficking, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiring to commit or aid and abet computer hacking,  conspiring to traffic in fraudulent identification documents, and conspiring to commit money laundering. Filmmaker Alex Winter has written, directed, and produced a film outlining the story of the rise and fall of Silk Road called Deep Web. It premieres on May 31st at 8PM on Epix. The documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of Silk Road, bringing the viewer  into the world of U.S. law enforcement agencies during their early monitoring and seizure of the website, follows Ulbricht’s court case, and documents the present work of one group of people trying to rebuild a decentralized version of the Silk Road. It includes testimonials from …

$80,000 in Bitcoin Seized in International Dark Web Crackdown

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Law enforcement agencies have seized $80,000 worth of bitcoin as part of an international undercover investigation that tracked the illegal selling of firearms on a dark website, according to a statement by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Four people across Australia have been charged with attempting to buy illegal firearms, while a further 17 arrests have been made across Europe and North America, the statement reveals. The joint investigation between the United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), AFP and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) focused on the international trade of illegal firearms by a US-based seller, who was later identified as a 33-year-old man living in Montana. The operation first started when ACBPS shared information with HSI, enabling agents to begin a covert operation using the seller’s account, which led to the identification of Australian-based customers attempting to buy illegal firearms. The controlled delivery of six parcels to addresses in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory also resulted in the seizure of a wide range of illegal goods, including firearms, ammunition, two clandestine laboratories, drugs, computer equipment and mobile phones. HSI acting special agent Kevin Kelly said the joint operation should serve as a warning to those using the dark web for …

Illicit Middle Earth Marketplace Possibly Exploited, IP Discovered

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For any unknown terms or phrases, please look at our “dark net market” terminology guide. Reddit user “haxforcrack” posted today on “/r/DarkNetMarkets,” to inform the community of exploits for black Tor market “Middle Earth.” The user’s discoveries include the server’s IP address and “stack,” or configuration. The user claims to have reached out to site administrators, deciding to go public when no response was received. For a hidden black market, having a server expose it’s IP address is one of the greatest fears an operator may face. A Tor hidden service hides IP addresses, and it is up the service’s operator to secure the service properly to hide the IP address from potential exploits. The address may allow law enforcement to discover the server’s location, and even copy all data from the server during it’s operation. According to “haxforcrack,” the server is an Ubuntu Linux system running Nginx, MySQL, and Django. A “cross-site request forgery” error page printed an insecure Django version, which was then exploited using a well known and currently fixed exploit to print the IP address. When “haxforcrack” defended the exploit’s release, he said, “…trust me if I found it as quickly as I did LE already knows about it.” …