The Dark Web
Posted on 3/7/2018
You've heard it on TV. The Dark Web. A place where Hackers already have your password and it is for sale, right along side your stolen ID. But what is the Dark Web? Is it a separate Internet? An underground website? A group of Hacker servers?
Well, kind of... yes.
The Dark Web is a section of the same Internet that we all use, that is "hiding" in plain sight because it is basically "unlisted". The Dark Web is basically a group of websites that are publicly accessible, but via a connection method that makes them very difficult to track down where the servers are located, or where the visitors are coming from. It can be found using special software tools, available for free download, that can not only find these sites, but also keep you anonymous on the web while you surf the (potentially illicit) sites.
The most common such tool is TOR. TOR is an anonymity browser, used by millions of people to keep their browsing habits secret from on-line advertisers and other organizations. TOR allows citizens of censorship states, like China, to access websites that are prohibited by their government (Like Facebook). The websites of the Dark Web are most often accessed by using TOR to browse to .ONION websites. Unlike .COM websites that other browsers can see, the .ONION TLD (Top Level Domain) is not registered with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and therefore only TOR users can see them.
Because of the anonymity factor, the Dark Web has become a haven for all things illicit. One can find just about anything on the Dark Web, from stolen passwords, to hitmen, and prescription drugs without the prescription. The Dark Web has been around for many years, but only got popular with the news of the downfall of the Silk Road online black market in 2013.
Note that the "Dark web" is not to be confused with the "Deep Web". The Deep web is the default group of all servers and other nodes on the Internet that do not have a domain name and are not indexed or accessible by a search engine like Google. The Deep Web does contain the subset of the Dark Web, but it is more than that. It also includes more common content like pay-wall web sites and login required websites such as discussion forums, on-line games, image sharing services, and web based email accounts. Not exactly criminal stuff. Just the inner workings of the websites that we already know about & used.
So next time you hear of someone doing a "Dark Web scan" you'll know... they are searching .ONION sites to look for illicit information that indicates you were hacked.
For more more information, contact:
Pete Groman, President
Namorgy Network Solutions - GeekByTheWeek[TM]
#NNSIT #ISpeakGeekDOTBIZ #GeekByTheWeek[TM]