Dark Web: Accessing the hidden content Part- 1

 

Curiosity towards hidden and unknown things is natural to people. For the general folks, Internet is existence of websites indexed via popular search engines like Google, however the Deep Dark web is beyond the traditional search engines which are hidden and inaccessible through standard web browsers.

It is an interesting fact to know that hardly only 4% of the internet is visible to the common people. That makes 96% of the internet is made up of “The Deep Web”!

The Deep Web hosts the “Dark Web,” a series of networks called “darknets” that overlay the public Internet but require specific software or authorization to access. As users can operate Darknets anonymously, it’s not hard to guess that these are the abode of various criminal activities. In fact, Darknet hosts a worldwide marketplace of illicit goods and services.

Top darkweb searches include child pornography followed by drug dealing, software hacking, currency counterfeit, stolen information from sensitive sources, weapon market and many other illegal activities.

The dark web ratio
The dark web ratio

How to access Dark Web?

Dark Web as its name suggests is behind the open web as a huge chamber of secrets which is locked away to the common world for most.

Among the many techniques, lies the prime method of Tor networks which opens the door to accesss .onion links.

Surface web vs deep web
Surface web vs deep web

Another niche yet feasible concept is I2P (Invisible Internet Project”)

In order to access the Dark Web:

  • Download the Tor bundle ( which is a modded version of firefox)
  • Once downloaded fire up the Tor Browser

 

How does TOR work?

A high level approach:

Tor as its logo shows is like a onion, building up multiple layers of encrypted connections with random relays.

Tor working
Tor working

Image source: https://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/10/08/what-is-tor-and-why-does-it-matter/

Accessing dark websites:

To begin with directories like OnionDir and TheHiddenWiki provides a list of sites with diverse categories

While there are multiple references here is a short list

https://thehiddenwiki.org/

 

Dark websites list
Dark websites list

A sample dark website for drugs.

Real dark website image
Real dark website image

To be continued