What (and where) is the Dark Web?

It islikely you have heard the term “dark web” and have been intrigued by what itis. After all, the term on its own implies a sinister connotation. Is it aplace where illegal activity abounds? Should it be avoided at all costs? Inthis post, we’ll cover what the dark web is and what you might find if youdecide to explore it.

Dark Web Defined

CSO Onlinedefines the dark web as “a part of the internet that isn’t indexedby search engines and requires the use of an anonymizing browser called Tor tobe accessed.” It is believed that more than half the content available on thedark web is illicit or potentially harmful in some way. The dark web operatesin a way so that IP addresses remain anonymous. Criminals use the dark web forillegal activity because their actions in this realm cannot be traced and theyremain virtually invisible.

Is it All Bad?

“Is everything on the dark web bad?” The short answer is no. Whilemost of the items or services found on the dark web are illegal and many aredownright heinous, there are some positive uses for it. Journalists have beenknown to use the dark web in order to protect the anonymity of their sources.Others with a strong belief in their right to privacy choose to use the darkweb so that they can visit the online world confidentially and without beingtracked.

What You’ll Find on the Dark Web

People should use caution when navigating the dark web. It can bea sketchy place with little rhyme or reason and certainly no laws. People mightfind drugs, weapons, murders-for-hire, and other nefarious items as theyexplore the dark web. Additionally, the experience of using the dark web canprove to be inconvenient compared with the web browsing experience most of usare accustomed to. Using Tor, the anonymizing browser to navigate the dark web,has been described as “an experience that’s like the dark web itself:unpredictable, unreliable, and maddeningly slow.”

A study titled “Into theWeb of Profit,” identified 12 specific categories of items available on thedark web that present risk to companies. These include:

  • Infection or attacks, including malware,distributed denial of service (DDoS), and botnets
  • Access
  • Espionage
  • Support services such as tutorials
  • Credentials
  • Phishing
  • Refunds
  • Customer data
  • Operational data
  • Financial data
  • Intellectual property/trade secrets
  • Other emerging threats

The report states that each of these categories has the potentialto devalue, disrupt, or defraud a business.

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