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OT/MISC Kommando: What the Dark Web is and how to access it
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    Kommando: What the Dark Web is and how to access it

    June 3, 2017

    What the Dark Web is and how to access it
    By Kevin Downey, Komando.com


    Caution: Have you heard about the Dark Web? Kim Komando has been warning listeners and Komando.com readers for years about this not-well-understood part of the internet.

    It's where criminals sell illegal drugs, launder money and commit other crimes, often with little or no repercussions. It's a place where hackers buy your stolen credit card credentials and IDs. The Dark Web is not a place you want to visit without a solid understanding of what it is and what you're getting yourself into. So, proceed with caution.

    Despite the Dark Web's sinister side, listeners ask Kim all the time for instructions how to get into the Dark Web. So, for informational purposes only, here is how to get in.

    To be fair, you may have a valid reason for going to the Dark Web. You may want to see if your stolen items are being sold there. You may want to see if hackers are selling your ID, your credit card numbers or bank account information. You may want to see if your children or grandkids are up to no good online.

    If you want to check on those things, we recommend you hire a skilled professional or reputable company to do the snooping for you. But, if that's not an option for you, anyone can get into the Dark Web.

    Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to get on the Dark Web.

    Note: Don't confuse the Dark Web with the Deep Web.

    What is the Dark Web?

    Simply, the Dark Web is the internet. It's sites and pages on the internet that are hidden from public view.

    It's accessible with a bit of know-how. You have to know how to get in and, with enough motivation, you'll find you're there in no time.

    The Dark Web is part of the internet that you don't see every day. It's part of the Deep Web, which is simply sites and pages that aren't made publicly available. That's a huge part of the internet.

    There's nothing inherently bad about the Deep Web. For example, does your company have private pages where you access information that is only for employees? If those pages aren't registered with sites like Google, they're hidden from view. That's the DEEP web.

    The DARK Web, which is part of the Deep Web, is seedier. These are sites that run on an encrypted browser.

    Encryption is an extremely secure way of protecting your information. You can't easily get in without passwords or biometric access, such as your fingerprint.

    You might remember that Apple got into hot water with the U.S. government after the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attacks. The killed attackers had an encrypted iPhone that Apple wouldn't help the government unlock.

    Encryption, when used for good, protects your location and privacy from hackers and criminals. When used for bad, as on the Dark Web, encryption can prevent the police and government from spotting illegal online activities, such as child pornography, prostitution, drug sales and more.

    How to Access the Dark Web

    Despite its well-deserved reputation for being hard to find, the Dark Web is easy to access if you follow these three steps.

    1. Most sites on the Dark Web run on an encrypted tool called Tor. There are other Dark Web tools, such as I2P, but it's believed that most sites use Tor. Go to: TorProject.org.

    Bonus: If you want to protect your privacy, including your location, you can use Tor. It's a donation-based web service that you can use for everyday web surfing. Read more about Tor here.

    2. Know the sites you're looking for. The Dark Web isn't accessible by Google and other search engines. You need to know the name of a site to visit it.

    Tip in a Tip: You can remain anonymous online using encrypted virtual private networks (VPN) like DuckDuckGo.

    3. Use a VPN to remain anonymous on Tor.

    Warning: Before you visit the Dark Web, listen to Kim talk about it in this two-part podcast (links below).

    Take an intimate tour of a disturbing place

    Take an intimate tour of a disturbing place - The Dark Web Pt 2

    Remember, we are providing instructions to access the Dark Web for information purposes only. We do NOT recommend that you visit the Dark Web.

    http://www.komando.com/tips/402350/w...-access-it/all

    Lots of links at the article - Dennis

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    Thank you. I will pass on the link. That's the last place I want to go, but I know several curious folks.

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    Why would you want to? There are no stories that start out with "So I went on the Dark Web and it was the best thing I ever did."

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    Why do people ride motorcycles, or fly ultralights?

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    My son has done "some" hacking in the past. He is always on the deep/dark web. He is amazed, when we compare all the rumors of what is going on out there(in politics, and otherwise),
    That the information I get from TB2K, TTOL, Zerohedge and Drudge is roughly the same info he gets from the dark web.
    We ARE well informed!

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    I can't even read all I need to out here without going to the dark side.
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    Never see it or been there my self.
    Past talk of this dark web its not easily navigated as there is no web addressees system as we know it. Learning to find your way you can stumble into shadowy places where your not welcome or unwanted and see things you wish you had not.

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    I can barely figure out the current web, much less the dark web.
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    I thought the Dark WEb was Unc Bob's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I thought the Dark WEb was Unc Bob's.
    That's the sticky web.

    Pass the alcohol wipes please.

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    So deeply dark...... it's got its own news site. HA!

    https://darkwebnews.com/help-advice/access-dark-web/


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    The "instructions" given by "Kim" to remain safe, are rather useless. During my stints years ago, I'd be running JonDoFox, Popilio, Squid, Privoxy, a boatload of browser add-ons like a user agent switcher, ghostery, and various script, ad, cookies blockers, ect... in VirtualBox on a clean Linux Mint install, while changing nodes every 10 minutes and avoiding exitnodes like the plague. Alternatively, these days you just can use TAILS and do a live boot from USB stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Southside View Post
    My son has done "some" hacking in the past. He is always on the deep/dark web. He is amazed, when we compare all the rumors of what is going on out there(in politics, and otherwise),
    That the information I get from TB2K, TTOL, Zerohedge and Drudge is roughly the same info he gets from the dark web.
    We ARE well informed!
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    Ask him if he's ever read "Deepweb Guide v1.1" by AtomicDew.

    Quote Originally Posted by Publius View Post
    Never see it or been there my self.
    Past talk of this dark web its not easily navigated as there is no web addressees system as we know it. Learning to find your way you can stumble into shadowy places where your not welcome or unwanted and see things you wish you had not.
    There are pages (Torch, Core, HiddenWiki, Eliza) that will query and or list the randomly generated .onion addresses which may or may not be current. The trick is knowing the .onion address for those query pages in the first place. Some seedy places within the DNS will keep up with the current .onion addresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.A.B. View Post
    That's the sticky web.

    Pass the alcohol wipes please.
    Lol! V

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    TOR was used a lot during the Arab Spring days, when various mideast countries were making it hard for people to post online.
    So when's the Revolution? God or Money? Choose.

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    Oh, I could tell you all some stories. I'm not going to, but I could.

    I still have a number of connections into the warez (bootleg/pirated software) world from my younger days, which comes in handy for seeing if my own software protection schemes have been cracked. Nothing says "I wub joo!" to a cracking group like polymorphic encryption and self-modifying program code. Make a crack that works, distribute it, and get barraged with complaints because it suddenly "un-works" a few weeks later. I also developed a fondness for interweaving my security checks with critical program functions so that removing one breaks the other. I've been debating writing a potentially seminal paper on code integrity/security (or the lack thereof) with regard to software piracy, but having both the time and the ambition to do so in the same moment has been tough. Might make a good thesis for a doctorate in comp-sci...

    And warez is just a single element in the larger seedy side of the Internet. BTW, "dark web" is kind of a misnomer, as most of the "dark" parts of the Internet are not web-based. Dangrerous information and illicit goods have moved around long before the public World-Wide Web was a thing of the scale it is now, and with tech improvements there's so much more out there than just what you can reach with a browser.
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    I'd venture to say too many doth protest to much without knowledge of which they speak. I've never done the DW, read too many things about our Uncle being part of the sytem used to entrap people.

    As far as the name-ok, if they called it then 'Enlightened Web' would you be more willing to look into it?

    Imagine a place without Google and the like controlling what you see and read?

    Sure there is going to be some bad stuff that Google would hiude from you but are you an adult who makes their own decisions or do you need a nanny?

    I do not have the expertise nor the knowledge to go but certainly would were I to have the information to safeguard self and pc.
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    Had a brief discussion with a young lady from-----I dunno----western Europe or such, about accessing Dark web and use of Tor for anonymity, etc etc etc.

    She sent me a link to a first step in self education but I haven't chosen to make the time to become even conversant enough to avoid the MAJOR pitfalls.

    One comment that was involved in the discussion (yeah it wasn't 2 sided) was that when folks committed to Tor, they needed to do so with their eyes OPEN to the fact that TOR was built by the Navy with intel agencies in mind in that they would be able to use Tor as a platform to communicate with their home facilities.

    Just a word to the wise... so that whole song and dance about FBI/NSA "FINALLY cracking TOR" was a dance.
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    It has its uses but ßurfer beware, use tor and scan 3ver5hing with latest AV
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    I would not make any decisions or make any moves based on that initial post. If you are interested in sticking your toe into that world, go look at this site and read, read and read some more (I find the news really interesting)- I will say I have never visited that site from my home internet connection or my personal computer. Find a Live CD and go to Starbucks.

    https://www.deepdotweb.com/

    this guy wrote some interesting stuff that is a must read at that same site:

    https://www.deepdotweb.com/jolly-rog...for-beginners/
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    Unless I am into human trafficking and want to score some surplus soviet nukes, which I am definitely not. I will stay far away thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by night driver View Post
    Had a brief discussion with a young lady from-----I dunno----western Europe or such, about accessing Dark web and use of Tor for anonymity, etc etc etc.

    She sent me a link to a first step in self education but I haven't chosen to make the time to become even conversant enough to avoid the MAJOR pitfalls.

    One comment that was involved in the discussion (yeah it wasn't 2 sided) was that when folks committed to Tor, they needed to do so with their eyes OPEN to the fact that TOR was built by the Navy with intel agencies in mind in that they would be able to use Tor as a platform to communicate with their home facilities.

    Just a word to the wise... so that whole song and dance about FBI/NSA "FINALLY cracking TOR" was a dance.
    well, give us the link!

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    I really just have two things to say about this topic:

    1. Use the Tor Browser Bundle.
    2. That .onion address? Are you REALLY sure that's the real address and not a phishing site? If you just want to poke around, no real harm done -- unless you are sharing usernames and/or password across multiple sites (!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    well, give us the link!
    I'll have to see if the comp it's on will boot up in a reasonable time frame..
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    There is enough dark things going on in this world right now, therefore, I have NO use to entangle myself with more dark places. They will come to all of us soon enough.

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    I like reading stuff like this, have a vague concept of what the reality is, and mostly I just accept I am not computer literate enough to pretend I will mess with it at all.

    If push came to shove, sure I have some things to read up on before giving it a shot.

    But mostly I like articles like this, or the article where some guy got on with his laptop and "they" noticed him and started watching him on his own wireless security system.
    working on unplugging.

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    Dark web sounds like a horror movie.
    lol no thanks

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