When the Net goes Dark
First of all, what is a DARK NET ?
THE TRUTH DENIED has set out to inform the public regarding darknet, as well to dispel some of the the rumors and clarify terminology. Many of our readers fear that the internet will either go down in flames due to a catastrophic event such as an xflare , or some type of nuclear event. Rumor has it that the government has a “Kill Switch” for the internet as well. Fact is there is no on/off switch for the Internet, no circuit to short or plug to pull. As in the case of Egyptians’ access to the Internet, someone from the government simply called each of the country’s handful of Internet service providers, or ISPs, and ordered them to shut down. Period. (We will discuss the KILL SWITCH in another article). To set the record straight, let’s talk about the use of the word “darknet”, not to be confused with ‘Net black out’.
What is darknet?
Internet users beware!
Darknets, Dark Web or the Deep Web are networks that are not indexed by search engines, which allows internet users to communicate anonymously with one another. These darknets are hard to identify which in turn make them incredibly hard to censor. These networks are not part of the WWW: ( World Wide Web) , they are slow and lack many features; they are in fact the underground, seedy underbelly of the Internet . Who operates the darknet? This is where you will find child porn, snuff films, jihadist propaganda and bomb-making instructions, and insider trading.
(Scroll this article for information “Tor users are again able to access Facebook”.)
As Forbes Magazine stated on 3-25-14 , “The Dark Web is best described by Michael Bergman, the CEO of Bright Planet, a firm that harvests data from the Dark Web, who put it concisely: “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.”
Like a forgotten back alley, the Dark Web seems an ideal place for illegal investment activities.
The Dark Web is only accessible via the Tor browser. A Tor (The Onion Router) browser is special because it uses multiple layers of security, like the layers of an onion, to hide the internet protocol (IP) address of those accessing the sites it hosts. Without an IP address, it is nearly impossible to trace users back to their computers. Thousands of people evaded the FBI by using the Tor browser to do illicit deals on sites like The Silk Road – the e-bay for drugs, guns, and hit men.”
An example is a man who claims he buys stolen credit card details on the Silk Road with Bitcoins and then goes on shopping sprees at outlet malls. With complete anonymity now possible, what other illicit profit seeking enterprises can find a home on the Dark Web?
“Last November hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen’s firm SAC Capital paid the largest insider trading fine ever, a cool $1.8 billion dollars. Every year worldwide insider trading resulting in billions of dollars in fines and years of jail time. In 2006, Operation Perfect Hedge was a large sting set up by the federal government used to investigate why hedge fund profits far outpaced those of the market. It was widely suspected that insider trading played a part. Between 2008 and 2011 a total of 83 arrests were made using information from wiretaps and search warrants. Despite coming out of the corner swinging, 79 defendants were knocked out in court, giving the New York State Attorney a better record than Mike Tyson.”
Darknet just launched its first black market search engine called GRAMS. (Interesting acronym): Like Google or Expedia, GRAMS (Tor link: http://grams7enufi7jmdl.onion) delivers top search results according to relevance, and users can restrict the search only to certain markets or sort by price or date. It also keeps track of the latest exchange rate for Bitcoin, the semi-anonymous digital currency used in most darknet markets, updating the rate every five minutes.
Note* Google will more than likely have a problem with the Gram search engine copying the style and coloring of the world’s most popular search engine.
Concerns posted from the public:
Questions being asked by the public range from “searching for illicit drugs on the internet, can you get busted?” to “ Once TOR and other search engines such as GRAMS populate enough “dark users”, will the FBI be using these browsers to facilitate arrests?”. In other words, are these darknets simply a “bait” for the criminals? Certainly this will play out like a house of cards!
How does TOR affect social media sites like Facebook , with a total number of monthly active users, a whopping 1,310,000,000 and growing?
Threatbook.com reported earlier this year that “Facebook’s automated malware detection system temporarily blocked visitors who use the Tor anonymity service to access the social network after it found someone trying to mass scrape publicly viewable information from Facebook.
“A high volume of malicious activity across Tor exit nodes triggered Facebook’s site integrity systems which are designed to protect people who use the service,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “In order to protect people while we investigated the problem, access via these nodes was temporarily suspended.” The latest is that Facebook restored TOR users in 2014. We are still wondering how this affects the normal everyday Facebook user in the long run.
Regarding online messaging service , the alleged founder has said his/her reason for creating the search engine was because he/she “noticed on the forums and reddit people were constantly asking ‘where to get product X?’ and ‘which market had product X?’ or ‘who had the best product X and was reliable and not a scam?’ http://www.siliconrepublic.com/ wanted to make it easy for people to find things they wanted on the darknet and figure out who was a trustworthy vendor. They provided the following:
The pros and cons of darknet users are listed here:
Third party bundles:
“Several security-focused operating systems, including Anonym.OS, Hardened Linux From Scratch, Incognito, Liberté Linux, Qubes OS, Tails, Tor-ramdisk and Whonix, make extensive use of Tor.
Vuze (formerly Azureus) BitTorrent client and Bitmessage anonymous messaging system, include Tor support.
The Guardian Project is actively developing a free and open-source suite of application programs and firmware for the Android operating system to help make mobile communications more secure. The applications include ChatSecure instant messaging client, Orbot Tor implementation, Orweb privacy-enhanced mobile browser, ProxyMob Firefox add-on and Secure Smart Cam.”
As one of our bloggers posted “Beware for that road is dark, long and twisted…”
More on GRAMS: http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/04/22/grams-darknet-search-engine/
HACKER NEWS: http://thehackernews.com/2014/04/grams-first-search-engine-for.html
Writer and investigator Roxy Lopez
Lopez is an investigative journalist covering subjects such as Geoengineering, aka. “Chemtrails”, Morgellon’s Disease, GMO Foods, Morgellons Disease, Gang stalking, The military Industrial Complex, the war on Vaccines, Synthetic Biology, HAARP, Agenda 21, NWO, ET’s, UFO’s, and the rise of the New World Order.
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Let us know if you use any of these software extentions or any apps for darknet. How many of oyu feel that you are going under the radar on the net?