Imagine a world where there is no law exists, where there is no one to watch over your activities. A world where everyone wears a mask and nobody knows anybody. No, I’m not kidding, there exists a world where all of these are one of many possible outcomes. It exists in a place where FBI or CBI couldn’t interpret or raid the stocks or monitor any activities. IT is called Dark Deep Web.
The internet that we use every day is just a small part of the whole. The visible internet which is easily accessible to users is just the tip of the iceberg, under which there exists a much much larger database of information that is not accessible through regular means. In the tech world, it is called Dark Web. The databases and websites which operate through the dark web is based on anonymity and cryptology and is only accessible through some special software.
“A vast majority of the web is unindexed, which basically means that a lot of internet content is below the layers of search engines,” says Raghu Raman, an Indian Armed Forces veteran and a former CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. “In a way, Google is the media of the world as you only see what it shows you. There’s a lot of hidden content out there that no one has access to, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad,” he says.
You must have heard the news that recently two of the most popular marketplaces in the dark web has been taken down by authorities with much hassle. These marketplaces are one the main hub of illicit drugs, weapons, human organ commerce, hired guns, spies and even deadly poisons. According to European Union’s law enforcement agency, Alphabay and Hansa have done over $1 billion worth of transaction in cryptocurrency in the last 3 years of their existence.
Have of heard of Tor software? It is an interface by which one can access the dark web. Tor is a short form of onion router. It allows different Ip's across the world to connect to each other in an anonymous way and also it is free to use. Tor network has their own extension called dot onion.
According to deep web specialist Jonnalagadda, the Tor network requires infrastructure in the form of entry, middle and exit nodes. The latter being the final steps in the relay between the user and the website. “We don’t have many exit nodes in India, as the liability of intermediaries is uncertain, and exit node operators may find themselves responsible for the activities of anonymous Tor users.”
So, have you ever visited any part of the Dark Web? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below.