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The Dark Web: A quick guide to exploring the hidden Internet

By Jos ยท 21 replies
Oct 27, 2016
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  1. You may have heard about this mysterious place on the internet called the ‘Deep Web’. Interest in the deep web and dark web has been on the rise in recent years, following a few high profile data leaks, references in mainstream media or the widely publicized FBI investigation into Silk Road that exposed the extent of online drug trafficking.

    But what is exactly the deep web? Well it’s not actually a 'place' but rather anywhere other than the visible web that is crawled, indexed and accesed through links fetched by search engines like Google. The deep web is actually several times bigger than the indexed web, and it encompasses a lot more than the illegal or otherwise questionable activities that it is often associated with -- though there's certainly a lot of that going on too.

    Let's start by clearing up some of the confusion among the different terms that tend to be thrown around while discussing the Internet's underground.

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  2. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Booster Posts: 94   +33

    It was in the news that the hacking forum Nulled.IO got hacked on May 6th. If you search for "nulled_io.gz" *with* quotation marks, Cthulhu still has a torrent link up for anyone wanting the booty. Unfortunately it decompresses into a 9.45GB .sql file, none of which can be viewed on a PC with 16GB RAM unless first split into smaller chunks.
    Jack007 and wastedkill like this.
  3. Curtis Beckler

    Curtis Beckler TS Rookie

    Very informative article. I've had Tor browser on a hard drive for over a year now but only because it intrigued me. Nice to know a little bit more about how it works and how to use it.
    Jack007 likes this.
  4. Duhhh

    Duhhh TS Rookie

    Tor appears to be filtered through a bunch of russian computers. Att has a fiber line connecting kansas with mexico. Everything that was ever in your android phone is still in a computer at google. Gates no longer works at microsoft. Figure.
    wastedkill and Jack007 like this.
  5. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +104

    Thanks Captain Obvious.
  6. mrvco

    mrvco TS Rookie

    Tor is a honeypot.
    Jack007 likes this.
  7. alexnode

    alexnode TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +6

    Yes this is my impression too. I don't trust it. I use it sometimes as a vpn, just to exit in a different region and avoid censorship. But I am in no illusion , Tor is the perfect vehicle to monitor people with something to hide.
    wastedkill and SantistaUSA like this.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,868   +2,816

    I recommend the dark web to people who ask me about finding baby sitters. ;)
    wastedkill and p51d007 like this.
  9. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    Had no ideal about the dark Web until I seen a news story about it now I am so darn curious but I don't want to get into trouble for going there.
  10. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,421   +3,394

    Until the govt cracks down on "offensive" content on the surface web, there's nothing there of interest. Novelty, I suppose, but no content if you aren't up to no good.
  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,533   +227

    If there's a guide to view something "hidden" it's not really hidden, at least anymore, now is it?
    wastedkill and davislane1 like this.
  12. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Addict Posts: 194   +107

    What can we find on the Dark Web?
    Dead links !
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  13. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 178   +37

    If people knew how deadly the dark web was they would throw away their computers phones and anything that it has access to and live in a distant remote village praying the end of the world never comes before they die
    NightAngel79 likes this.
  14. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 178   +37

    Shockingly it is
  15. fktech

    fktech TS Addict Posts: 203   +53

    Not worth the effort. Most "content" can be found if you know how to look. Ask the NSA.
  16. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +298

    Big discussion thread. Lotsa guys doing questionable stuff. Don't use TOR never wanted to and illegal ain't for me.
    Guys if you gonna do bad **** you can be the ONLY one that know
  17. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +104

    Are you reading a different thread. Nobody has admitted to doing anything wrong? It's not illegal in many countries, however it would set off alarm bells to any security services you were to come across.
  18. Jon William

    Jon William TS Rookie Posts: 29

  19. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,101   +600

    Illegal doesn't necessarily mean bad.
  20. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +298

    Playing the old admit it gambit, eh? We ain't in court counselor
  21. Yynxs

    Yynxs TS Addict Posts: 202   +70

    I use TOR along with an anonymizer proxy or two to browse youtube videos sent to me. With the proxies, it blocks google tracking quite well, although google does try to set some html tags that TOR warns you about. I can vouch for the fact Paypal does not like TOR and will reset your pw and send you a ton of warning messages even if you log in correctly to pay for etsy spells. (<-not a joke, was buying the spell as a joke).

    I can also vouch for Tails booting cleanly and allowing easy browsing using TOR. It is better to use hardwired so that wifi passwords don't store, but ott useful. It's especially useful on the USB stick if you're really paranoid as they're so cheap nowadays, you can abandon after use in any storm drain. NOTE: Wipe down after use with alcohol swab and microfiber before discarding.

    Oh, and I didn't do anything illegal. Just curious. USB linux/Tails/TOR are actually cheaper and faster than building a throwaway system with hard drive with o/s so I don't have to worry about mbr exploits and can look at the really dangerous forums. I think it was 32 bucks for five 8-gig sticks and once you make the first one, you can clone the rest saving a bit of time.
  22. alansmith

    alansmith TS Member Posts: 17

    Thanks for the info

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