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There's A Secret Internet For Drug Dealers, Assassins, And Pedophiles

by Dylan Love Mar. 6, 2013, 7:00 AM

The average person is only aware of a fraction of the Internet.

There is more content out there than any conventional browser can access. These sites are termed "Deep Web" or "Undernet." They exist outside the scope of Google, Facebook, and your RSS reader. It's the digital equivalent of a thriving city that's been domed over and cordoned off.
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These sites are locked down so tightly that you need a special browser to access them. It's called the Tor browser, and it offers you an entirely new way of connecting to the Internet.

Where conventional web browsers like Chrome and Firefox make no effort to conceal your location or identity, Tor is built upon the idea of preserving anonymity as aggressively as possible.

What is Tor?

Tor, originally an acronym for "The Onion Router," is an anonymity network designed to keep your identity and location completely secure as you browse the web. When you use the Tor browser (a free download), volunteer servers around the world route your internet traffic from server to server before finally delivering you your content. On top of this evasive routing, data is encrypted a number of times as it travels to you.

Exploring the Deep Web

Michael Bergman of BrightPlanet puts it succinctly: "Searching on the Internet today can be compared to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean. While a great deal may be caught in the net, there is still a wealth of information that is deep, and therefore, missed."

Using the Tor browser unlocks the door to a whole weird and wild world you never would have guessed existed online. Where Google helps you find the needle, Tor lets you "explore the haystack."

There is lots of promise in Tor's value – people use it to protect their communications, to research sensitive topics, and to access information they might otherwise not have access to (if a country is behind a firewall, for example). By guaranteeing such a high level of anonymity, Tor lends itself well to information freedom activists, libertarians, and those who simply want to take their Internet safety to the extreme.

But with such anonymizing power made available for free, some less-than-legal (and even downright malicious) operations claim to operate successfully.

The Dark Side of the Deep Web

There are several websites claiming to offer some crazy goods and services through Tor:

    Silk Road is dubbed the "Amazon.com of drugs." Gawker published a story on the site. Through Bitcoin, a secure and anonymous digital currency that can be exchanged for real money, vendors are able to set up shop digitally and sell their wares through the U.S. Postal Service. (It's important to note that Bitcoins are cash equivalents, so if someone rips you off you have no recourse.)
    EuroArms sells and delivers weapons (without ammunition).
    You can hire assassins through a service called "White Wolves."
    Child pornography is readily available through countless sites.
    The Human Experiment details medical experiments performed on people against their will.
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Should we shut it down?

It depends on how you look at it. Just because the Deep Web is a place where the id tends to run wild doesn't mean others aren't finding legitimate and creative uses for it:

    Young & Sick is a Los Angeles-based fashion, art, and music project that released its newest single, "Continuum," via Tor earlier this week.
    Originally developed for use by the Navy, Tor has plenty of military applications in how it protects communications and intelligence gathering.
    WikiLeaks provides users with means to upload documents anonymously.

Despite being around since 2004, Tor's ability to keep our online identities secret seems to only just recently be coming to public light.

Read more/ Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/tor-silk-road-deep-web-2013-3?op=1#ixzz2lfOUFf8x






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Re: There's A Secret Internet For Drug Dealers, Assassins, And Pedophiles
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 15:23:20 PM »
 Pedophiles increasingly turning to 'dark net' to exchange child porn online

May 22, 2012

Pedophiles are turning to the so-called "dark net" to transmit and exchange child pornography online, using increasingly sophisticated encryption methods — some originally developed by the U.S. military — to defeat police.

The head of the Australian Federal Police hi-tech crime division, Neil Gaughan, said police were concerned about use of "the onion router," or TOR, to move some of the worst examples of child pornography around the world.

The TOR is a system of interconnected computer nodes located all over the world that can be used to hide the identity of the person sending the material.

"What we have recently uncovered — this is within the last six months, probably this year — is people starting to use TOR to transfer child abuse material, making it increasingly more and more difficult for law enforcement to get in and do their work," Gaughan said.

The onion router — so named because each layer of encryption must be peeled back like an onion — was originally developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory as a means of protecting information on the internet.

Users download a program and become a node of the TOR network. As the material moves through each node it receives an additional layer of encryption. It also makes life harder for the police, who must potentially operate in as many legal jurisdictions as there are nodes.

The TOR network is used by those who wish to conceal their identity or their web history.

TOR users can browse web pages anonymously or send material without disclosing their identity or location.

TOR is used by political dissidents seeking to evade Internet censorship regimes or to communicate with supporters outside their country. It is also used by businesses or government authorities for legitimate reasons.

However, the promise of anonymity is making it the carriageway of choice for online pedophiles.

looking to source or trade child abuse images.

"Any new technology that comes in or any new way of trying to hide yourself on the internet, these blokes are on to it like a rat up a drainpipe," Gaughan said. "It seems to be the preferred mode of transmission of hard-core offenders, based on what we're seeing."

Source: http://www.inhope.org/gns/news-and-events/news/12-05-22/Pedophiles_increasingly_turning_to_dark_net_to_exchange_child_porn_online.aspx

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Re: There's A Secret Internet For Drug Dealers, Assassins, And Pedophiles
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 15:29:18 PM »
Abusers run for 'dark net' cover

    by: Paul Maley, National security correspondent
    From: The Australian
    May 22, 2012 12:00AM



Source: The Australian

PEDOPHILES are turning to the so-called "dark net" to transmit and exchange child pornography online, using increasingly sophisticated encryption methods to defeat police.

The head of the Australian Federal Police hi-tech crime division, Neil Gaughan, said police were concerned about use of the "the onion router" or TOR to move some of the worst examples of child pornography around the world.

The TOR is a system of interconnected computer nodes located all over the world that can be used to hide the identity of the person sending the material.

"What we have recently uncovered -- this is within the last six months, probably this year -- is people starting to use TOR to transfer child abuse material, making it increasingly more and more difficult for law enforcement to get in and do their work," Mr Gaughan said.

The onion router -- so named because each layer of encryption must be peeled back like an onion -- was originally developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory as a means of protecting information on the internet.

Users download a program and become a node of the TOR network. As the material moves through each node it receives an additional layer of encryption. It also makes life harder for the police, who must potentially operate in as many legal jurisdictions as there are nodes.

The TOR network is used by those who wish to conceal their identity or their web history.

TOR users can browse web pages anonymously or send material without disclosing their identity or location.

TOR is used by political dissidents seeking to evade internet censorship regimes or to communicate with supporters outside their country. It is also used by businesses or government authorities for legitimate reasons.

However, the promise of anonymity is making it the carriage-way of choice for online pedophiles looking to source or trade child abuse images.

"Any new technology that comes in or any new way of trying to hide yourself on the internet, these blokes are on to it like a rat up a drainpipe," Mr Gaughan said.

"It seems to be the preferred mode of transmission of hard-core offenders, based on what we're seeing."

Mr Gaughan said that the AFP's international partners had alerted his agency to the use of the TOR by pedophiles in Australia.

The partners, which he declined to identify, citing ongoing investigations, had retrieved hard-core child pornography from the TOR that had been sourced to Australian IP addresses, he said.

Mr Gaughan said the AFP had yet to see evidence other forms of criminality were occurring through the TOR but he expected it to happen soon.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/abusers-run-for-dark-net-cover/story-e6frgakx-1226362847245#