If you’ve watched any movie that involved hackers, chances are you’ve heard mention of the Deep or Dark Web. Perhaps you’ve even read about it in a spooky blog. It’s a scary, almost mythical place, far beyond the safety of your online Blackjack tables and Netflix, where unspeakable things can be found.
You can visit Red Rooms there, you’ve heard, where a live audience can watch a person get murdered. You can buy sex slaves and have them shipped to your doorstep, assumedly in a big box poked full of air holes. Heck, you can put a hit out on your boss simply by making a payment and uploading a photo.
The truth is that the Deep and Dark Web are far less sinister. At least the vast majority of the time. The Dark Web is all data that is not catalogued, and so cannot be found by a search engine. This is most of the Internet in fact. Though, that is hardly as sinister as it sounds. Millions of photos not marked as public on Facebook for example, are uncatalogued, and so considered ‘Deep Web.’
The Dark Web is the rumoured grisly and unpleasant stuff that exists on the Internet. The majority is drastically exaggerated, sort of in the same fashion as campfire ghost stories. But needless to say there are some nasty stuff, such as drug trade, or malware development. So, scary in a mundane sort of way.
Either way, if you want to do some exploring yourself, or just learn more, here are some handy resources to check out.
Dark Web Links
Dark Web Links is a good place to start. It’s a regularly updated blog that lists some of the more interesting locations on the Dark Web. Take a look to learn more about what can be found, which is probably a great deal less sinister than you might have been led to believe. For the most part it tends to deal with cryptocurrency and Blockchain, and how it works.
Secrets of the Dark
With a name like Secrets of the Dark, this is surely where the hard-core stuff will be. This regularly updated blog catalogues stuff regarding browsers, which plugins work best with which browsers, and a few other technical things. It is not hard-core, but a good resource if you’re looking to decide on which browser to use.
The Conversation – Dark Web
The Conversation is similar to the two above blogs, but with a broader range of topics, including world news. There are a few genuinely fascinating things to be read here, and this site could be considered an intriguing alternate source of news. Interestingly enough, the site is passionate about online privacy and anonymity, which is what many of those who use Dark Web services are actually after.
Security Intelligence – Dark Web
Another interesting site, Security Intelligence – Dark Web, focuses on what digital risks the Dark Web really poses. If you hadn’t already guessed, malware falls into the Dark Web category. Visit here to learn more about it, and other questionable software of this kind.
TechCrunch – Dark Web
Another general, all purpose blog that hovers in Dark Web territory. More cryptocurrency talk again, as well as news on hacker activity around the world.
The Hidden Wiki
The Hidden Wiki is a hub services for Dark Web sites. It lists various sites, as well as explaining what they are for. Since these sites are not available via a search engine, you need to know the URL in order to access it. You can find those URLs via a catalogue. That is the Hidden Wiki.
Facebook, as it turns out, can be accessed in an anonymous fashion, via a Dark Web mirror. This means an account can be created that is not at risk from ‘privacy eroding tentacles,’ according to the description. Now you know where all those troll accounts come from.
ProPublica is a fascinating organisation. It is known for exposing without bias abuses of power in government and business. It has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes. It was also the first mainstream news outlet that started an official Dark Web version. Thinking about why this was needed is indeed troubling.
The widely acclaimed search engine of the Dark Web, DuckDuckGo proudly declares that it does not track any of its user’s information, at all. It also doesn’t bombard you with advertising. So even if you don’t surf the Dark Web, it’s well worth a look.
Finally we have perhaps the most well-known Dark Web site. TorLinks is more or less another version of The Hidden Wiki. It simply provides URLs to uncatalogued pages and helps users find what they are looking for. Some URLs appear in one catalogue and not the other, so it’s a good idea to use both if you want a broader selection.