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The dark web: Guns and drugs for sale on the Internet's secret black market
#1
Does anyone actually know about this 'Dark Web' or is it just a 'Urban Legend.'because this is the first I've heard about it

[SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]By Adrian Goldberg Presenter, 5 live Investigates

"Out of reach of regular internet searches is the secretive online world known as the 'dark web' - anonymous, virtually untraceable global networks used by political activists and criminals alike.

"You have the availability of multiple dealers so you can compare products - and customers can review the dealer's product, too." American student, David - not his real name - explains why he chooses to buy illegal drugs on the so-called 'dark web'. "You don't have to go in front of a street dealer, where there might be a risk of violence," he adds.

And it is not just drugs which are available on this online black market. Fake passports, guns - even child pornography.
Anonymous drug dealers The dark web is facilitated by a global network of computer users who believe the internet should operate beyond the supervision of law enforcement agencies.

The BBC's 5 live Investigates team found class A drugs and guns for sale It allows users like David, and those who sell him drugs, to remain anonymous. Users often do not know the real identity of the fellow users they are dealing with, and it is very difficult - although not impossible - for authorities to track them.

5 live Investigates spoke online with a number of anonymous dark web users. One told the programme "I feel much safer [online] than doing transactions in the real world. I used to sell drugs in the real world. Nowadays I almost strictly use the dark web for any drug transaction."

Another said: "If you're young and trying to find a contact for drugs harder than marijuana it is practically impossible without risking exposure and arrest." We don't have enough courts, we don't have enough judges, and we don't have enough police officers to tackle the real scale of illegal behaviour on the internet”

John Carr Internet security adviser Getting access to the dark web depends on users downloading freely available software, based on peer-to-peer file-sharing technology, which effectively scrambles the location of users and dark web websites.

It is not just a criminal domain, either - the dark web has proved a crucial tool in concealing the identity of political campaigners living in countries with oppressive governments. It is said to have helped some of the organisers behind the Arab Spring protests.

That said, the potential for criminal enterprise is significant. Researchers from the 5 live Investigates team successfully accessed the dark web, and made a purchase of the hallucinogen DMT - a class A drug, ranking it on a par with heroin and cocaine.

An extra layer of secrecy is added to the dark web by the use of Bitcoins - an electronic currency which is used legitimately by online gamers, but which can be used by criminals to mask their financial transactions. After a wait of around 3 weeks a package arrived in the post with a Spanish postmark. Concealed between two thin strips of cardboard was a white powder. Analytical Services International, at St George's University and London Hospital examined the drugs.

The lab test proved the powder was DMT - and that the dark web works.
We have no idea who sent the drugs to us. They have now been destroyed by the lab as possession of DMT can lead to a jail sentence of up to seven years.

Dealers of DMT can face a maximum life term in prison. But what is being done to police the criminal activity that takes place on the dark web? "Police officers on both sides of the Atlantic say the same thing," says John Carr, an internet security advisor to the British government and the United Nations.

Many people share the belief, myself included, that drugs should be legal and the dark web is that belief put into action” 'David' Dark web user "We don't have enough courts, we don't have enough judges, and we don't have enough police officers to tackle the real scale of illegal behaviour on the internet.

"What that means is increasingly we're going to have to look to technical solutions, we're going to have to look to the internet industry to help civil society deal with this really enormous problem the dark web has created," Mr Carr told the BBC.

"The police service is acutely aware of the large and growing problem of cybercrime and is actively working with police nationally and internationally along with the private sector in a bid to combat criminality on the web," says Deputy Assistant Commissioner Janet Williams, the lead on e-crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Yet for all their efforts much of the illegal activity on the dark web remains beyond the reach of the police, and to some supporters of the dark web, its anonymity is its virtue.
They point to the protection it has offered to anti-government bloggers who spread the message of revolution during the Arab Spring.

And they argue that it continues to provide cover for dissidents who might otherwise face persecution in China. For US student and dark web user David, it is about freedom of choice: "Many people share the belief, myself included, that drugs should be legal and the dark web is that belief put into action."
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#2
I know I can surf the internet without being traced. I have a few special programs designed by people I know that take the worry of having my activity traced (I.P. Addy trace). This is not the same thing as using a proxy site. Instead each session I use it it routes through various servers.

I also do not get hit with adverts and redirect Trojans and various other things that most people do. I do get the occasional pop-up/under ad however its an error message due to my hosts file protecting me from unwanted web-advertising/hijacking/vicious sites.

Then there is the deep web: http://thebotnet.com/guides-and-tutorial...dden-wiki/ makes for an interesting read.

Then there is the Invisible Web: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-search-e...sible-web/ This later is not indexed by Google, Ask and other popular search engines.

There are a lot of tricks one can do with a computer and their online connection. There are places 'unseen' on the information highway, places where you need special invite and passwords to go.

I can't see any reason why there can't be a 'darkweb' one set for use by those with less than legal intent as described in that article. In fact it makes a lot of sense owning to how say drug dealers have been the first to latch on to previous technologies. Back in the day of beepers a person with a beeper was either a doctor or a drug dealer. Then cell phones started coming out and you knew that the person was either in high end career (doctor, lawyer, etc) or was a drug dealer.

I can't see the criminal element passing over the promise of profits that this internet technology can offer.
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#3
Hello,
With the web you can do anything you want to and potentially run the risk of getting away scot free.. See one example of this is people like me... Now im not a criminal and never have been however my username Zeon is my online identity name... My full online identity name is Zeon Xavier and sometimes if i dont want companies in real life to know my real name but they want to answer my complaint about something i like them to address me as zeon because i dont like to give out my real name unless i actually meet someone... This was because my friend got ripped of £10,000 and ended up getting his home repossessed. l'd be devistated if this happenned to me...
Now guns and drugs can be sold in the same way by users making false names online and to be honest you can find this kind of thing happenning on chat sites, forums, ebay, etc... Even something as innocent as Habbohotel.com which is a chat site for youngsters upto around 18 this could happen as adults could pretend they are young to get past security set up a Habbo room and then select it as invite only and arrange deals this way.

Of course sites such as gayspeak, habbohotel.com yahoo google all contain software which saves every single thing that is typed therefore if the police have any doubt they should contact the domain host and request a chatlog of all users between the hours of XX:XX AND YY:YY

This may breakdown the crime spree alot more easier if they thought this through and im not a criminal but able to work out what id do if i was

Kindest regards

Zeon x
#4
i have people i know who use bots , they have there own networks running off legitimate web hosting servers that even they dont know they have attached to their servers and pipelines, the worst they do is share movies etc though but there's nothing to stop them trading anything really i suppose - im sure selling drugs, guns etc does happen, when any new technology is invented someone will find a way to corrupt it
#5
its naive
-to assume there is any privacy
-to assume someones specifically looking at you.


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