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[This article is originally published in infoworld.com written by Caroline Craig - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Carol R. Venuti]

The government agency that brought us the Internet has now developed a powerful new search engine that is shedding light on the contents of the so-called deep Web

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began work on the Memex Deep Web Search Engine a year ago, and this week unveiled its tools to Scientific American and "60 Minutes." 

Memex, which is being developed by 17 different contractor teams, aims to build a better map of Internet content and uncover patterns in online data that could help law enforcement officers and others. While early trials have focused on mapping the movements of human traffickers, the technology could one day be applied to investigative efforts such as counterterrorism, missing persons, disease response, and disaster relief.

Dan Kaufman, director of the information innovation office at DARPA, says Memex is all about making the unseen seen. "The Internet is much, much bigger than people think," DARPA program manager Chris White told "60 Minutes." "By some estimates, Google, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo only give us access to around 5 percent of the content on the Web."

Google and Bing produce results based on popularity and ranking, but Memex searches content typically ignored by commercial search engines, such as unstructured data, unlinked content, temporary pages that are removed before commercial search engines can crawl them, and chat forums. Regular search engines ignore this deep Web data because Web advertisers -- where browser companies make their money -- have no interest in it.

Memex also automates the mechanism of crawling the dark, or anonymous, Web where criminals conduct business. These hidden services pages, accessible only through the TOR anonymizing browser, typically operate under the radar of law enforcement selling illicit drugs and other contraband. Where it was once thought that dark Web activity consisted of 1,000 or so pages, White told Scientific American that there could be between 30,000 and 40,000 dark Web pages.

Until now it was hard to look at these sites in any systemic way. But Memex -- which Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. calls "Google search on steroids" -- not only indexes their content but analyzes it to uncover hidden relationships that could be useful to law enforcement.

DARPA's search tools were introduced to select law enforcement agencies last year, including Manhattan's new Human Trafficking Response Unit. Memex is now used in every human trafficking case it pursues and has played a role in generating at least 20 sex trafficking investigations. The supercharged Web crawler can identify relationships among different pieces of data and produces data maps that help investigators detect patterns.

In a demo for "60 Minutes," White showed how Memex is able to track the movement of traffickers based on data related to online advertisements for sex. "Sometimes it's a function of IP address, but sometimes it's a function of a phone number or address in the ad or the geolocation of a device that posted the ad," White said. "There are sometimes other artifacts that contribute to location."

White emphasized that Memex does not resort to hacking in order to retrieve information. "If something is password protected, it is not public content and Memex does not search it," he told Scientific American. "We didn't want to cloud this work unnecessarily by dragging in the specter of snooping and surveillance" -- a touchy subject after Edward Snowden's NSA revelations.

Memex got its name (a combination of "memory" and "index") and inspiration from a hypothetical device described by Vannevar Bush in 1945 that presaged the invention of PCs, the Internet, and other major IT advances of the next 70 years. Now DARPA and Memex seem set to bring us one step closer to Philip Dick's futuristic police department depicted in "Minority Report."

A new round of testing, set to begin in a few weeks, will include federal and district prosecutors, regional and national law enforcement, and multiple NGOs. According to the Scientific American report, it aims to "test new image search capabilities that can analyze photos even when portions that might aid investigators -- including traffickers' faces or a television screen in the background -- are obfuscated."

By inventing better ways of interacting with and presenting information gathered from a larger pool of sources, "we want to improve search for everybody. Ease of use for non-programmers is essential," White said.

Categorized in Deep Web

[This article is originally published in gizmodo.com written by David Nield  - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Corey Parker]

The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web—those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing—are not for the faint-hearted or untrained. With the right tools, however, there’s little to fear and plenty to discover. Here’s how you can start exploring the deep web without having to worry about your digital well-being.

There are a few ways to approach this, but we’re going to focus on one of the most straightforward and secure for simplicity’s sake. We’re going to be using Tails OS, a bootable operating system that includes everything you need to get down to those hidden parts of the web.

If you’re still unclear about what the deep web is, it’s any part of the internet that’s not indexed by search engines—anywhere you can’t get from just clicking links. A large part of the deep web is made up of onion sites (like the infamous Silk Road), which use a special top-level domain only reachable by a special browser called Tor. Technically, the dark web is a more illicit subsection of the deep web, though the terms are often confused.

For the curious or privacy-conscious internet explorer, it’s worth checking out to see what lies beyond the internet we interact with on a day to day basis. But please note: you should be extra careful when clicking links on the deep web as some can lead to illegal sites. Browse at your own risk

Downloading and installing Tails

Downloading and installing Tails

Fortunately Tails has an installation wizard that guides you step-by-step through the process of setting up the software—if you want to create a bootable USB copy of Tails (which we do) then you need a Windows machine and two 4GB+ USB sticks (the first is for an “intermediary” version of the OS).

You’re also going to require Firefox, the Tor Browser or a BitTorrent client in order to verify the initial download and confirm it is what it says it is. On top of that, you need a Universal USB Installer utility, which the installation wizard directs you to, which will take care of creating the first USB stick using your downloaded Tails ISO.

Setup and installing Tails

After that’s done, boot from this newly created drive to configure the second one. This official guide takes you carefully through the process. Use the Install by cloning option in the Tails Installer to create your second USB stick, which includes some security enhancements and extras not built into the first one.

Finally, remove the first USB stick, keep the second in place, and boot from it. You’re now ready to start venturing out into the deep web. If you run into trouble (and we hit one or two obstacles along the way), then a general web search for your issue or the official Tails support portal should get you moving again.

Browsing the deep web

Browse the deep web

The Tor Browser is your gateway into the dark web—you can actually use it on Mac and Windows too, but Tails OS adds an extra few layers of security and comes with Tor included. The browser is based on Firefox, so you shouldn’t have many problems finding your way around, and will open the Tails OS homepage by default.

As you might expect, browsing the deep web isn’t quite as simple as clicking on a few links or searching Google. The best way in is through ‘hidden’ wikis like this one (note you won’t be able to click through on any onion links without the Tor browser) and various others you can find via Reddit or with some clever web searching on sites like DuckDuckGo.

OnionDir Browser

Of course the whole point of the deep web is that casual internet users can’t simply fire up Google or read a guide like this to get started easily—so finding working, up-to-date links and directories can take some time. Forums, plenty of patience, and occasionally the Torch search engine are your best bets for finding a way into new communities.

The deep web has a reputation for shady activity, but it’s also a place for whistleblowing, bitcoin exchanges, and political discussion away from the glare of the public internet. It’s changed a lot in recent years as security agencies have become more aware of its presence, and it will continue to evolve in the future.

Categorized in Deep Web

 Source: This article was published darkwebnews.com - Contributed by Member: Dorothy Allen

The Weird And Wonderful Deep Web

As is implicit in its very name, the deep web can best be described as a labyrinth of sorts, complete with infinitely fascinating content.

There are millions of pages of interesting indexes, databases, ideas, internal networks, communities and resources on the deep web, both innocent and nefarious in nature.

In being introduced to the concept of the deep web, one fact always manages to baffle the masses: 96 percent of the internet is not indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing.

That means only a tiny portion of the World Wide Web is accessible to you through standard means. The average internet user is only utilizing a portion of the potential the internet has to offer.

What is the deep web then?

THE DEEP WEB IS ALL OF THE INTERNET THAT CANNOT BE FOUND BY REGULAR SEARCH ENGINES, AS THE PAGES ARE NOT INDEXED IN ANY WAY.

magnifying glass looking a spider on a browser window.

Search engines like Google have software called web crawler or web spiders. They crawl to find web pages. That info is stored in the search engine’s index.

Google’s indexing system begins with a process called “crawling.”

Imagine a virtual robot spider that starts at the home page and then crawls to and from all the pages on the site that can be accessed by clicking all the links.

Google then scans the data and renders the content to send to Google’s index servers. From there, Google organizes the data by context and enters it into a base of algorithms that make up the search engine.

Beyond the boundaries of Google-able content is every bit of information you can think of.

Multi color index folders with alphabets.

Google’s index has information about hundreds of billions of web pages. It’s size is over 100,000,000 gigabytes. Source

It contains a wide range of information and data, from the inner-dashboard of your bank account after you log in to private, password-protected websites to unlisted articles and videos that might be censored or blocked in certain countries.

Below the “surface web,” there are treasure troves of possibilities. You just have to know how to find them.

The Dark Web Vs. The Deep Web

deep web vs dark web banner.

Confusion about deep web and dark web is rampant. Even big publications get it wrong.

Contrary to popular belief, the deep web and the dark web are actually two separate definitions.

The media and, frankly, much of the public that’s unacquainted with the dark web, tend to use these two concepts interchangeably. People often take one to be the synonym for the other and vice versa.

This is a common mistake for those who aren’t familiar with the subject. But, the difference between the dark web and the deep web is quite stark. The two are made up of and defined by, conflicting constructs. As such, the difference is worth clarifying.

Info graphic clarifies the concept of internet, surface web, deep web and dark web with examples and the metaphor of an ice berg.
Infographic clarifies the concept of the internet, surface web, deep web and dark web with examples and the metaphor of an iceberg.

The contrast between the deep web and the dark web is often visually described by comparing it to an iceberg. Imagine, for yourself, an iceberg:

Surface Web

Above water is all content average internet users peruse on a daily basis. This is your Facebook.com, reddit.com, your justice.gov, your harvard.edu.

Deep Web

Right below the surface of where the iceberg meets underwater is the deep web.

It’s comprised of the same general hostnames as sites on the surface web, but along with the extension of those domains.

This is the specific URL of your Facebook Messenger thread with a friend, or the Department of Justice’s public archival material, or Harvard’s internal communications system. The deep web is the majority of the internet as a whole.

Dark Web

The dwindling portion at the very bottom of the iceberg is a subset of the deep web that’s only accessible through software that guards anonymity.

Because of this, the dark web is home to entities that don’t want to be found.

To expand on that visual, it’s necessary to explain that the dark web contains URLs that end in .onion rather than .com, .gov or .edu.

The network that these .onion URLs reside on cannot be accessed with the same browser you use to access your Facebook messages, the justice department’s archive or your Harvard email account. You can use a simple Chrome or Safari to access these.

The dark web requires a specific software program (the Tor browser) to do the trick, and it offers you a special layer of anonymity that the surface web and the deep web cannot.

As such, the dark web is a place for people and activities who don’t want to be found through standard means.

It’s complete with illegal trade markets and forums, hacking communities, private communications between journalists and whistleblowers, and more.

How to Access the Deep Web

bearded man with glasses typing on computer keyboard. computer screen shows login formAccessing the deep web is not done through direct means since the information stored within it exists in databases, making it impossible for conventional search engines to obtain the data by just searching for it.

Search engines like Google only organize and index data which is available on the surface of the internet since in most cases, the URL is fixed, subject to get picked up by Google’s crawler bot, or there are no special permissions required to view the web pages.

When crawling and indexing pages, Google’s bot system prefers URLs that follow a simple directory structure; that is, a site’s main content should not be more than two subdirectory levels below the main domain of the site.

One way to visualize this concept is comparing it to a file-storing folder hierarchy—you don’t want to organize your desktop files in a way that would be too complicated with multiple routes and directions; that will completely defeat the purpose. The same idea applies here.

In the case where passwords are needed, standard browsers cannot bypass this stage since the information contained is highly confidential and so is the need to protect it.

Due to the sheer size of the deep web and the depth of the information it contains, there’s no real clear-cut way to access it.

There are different methods by which you access your email address, social media accounts or online portals, depending on the links you click in the process, the redirects you encounter, the content you enter, etc.

The information stored on the deep web is immense. And it’s most publicly accessible.

As mentioned earlier, below the deep web is the dark web which can only be accessed by the Tor browser.

A strict set of guidelines ought to be followed to ensure your activities on the dark web remain anonymous since Tor usage is often subject to monitoring by authorities and also occasionally has vulnerabilities that can leak your real IP address.

For more information about how to properly get into and use the dark web, check out a comprehensive guide on our Access Dark Web page.

What Can be Found on the Hidden Web?

The data found on the deep web includes, but certainly is not limited to…

  1. Multi-URL mega-databases that are too large for search engines to index properly. Here’s a helpful list based on category.
  2. Records, certificates, name directories, library indexes, etc.
  3. Password-protected and members-only websites.
  4. Timed access pages. This could include the internal webpage for a test you’re taking for an online course.
  5. Digital media content that’s blocked under a paywall. News organizations use this as part of their revenue model to encourage readers/viewers to subscribe and pay for journalistic reporting.
  6. The back-end dashboard of any sort of individual account, whether it be banking, social platforms, email services, etc. This is only available after an account is logged into and accessed. Then, the URL changes to a private address accordingly.
  7. Two-party user-to-user communications or threads on social media, chat services, messaging platforms, etc. The same rule for #4 applies here.

 

The deep web is extremely useful for communicating under encryption. These users include anyone who needs protection from overseeing powers.

Below are some of the main groups that benefit from the deep web’s encrypted communication capabilities.

1. Whistleblowers and journalists

protesters in front of whitehouse holding pictures of edward snowden
Edward Snowden is the most well know whistleblower in recent times.

Intelligence contractors, government or corporate employees, average citizens, ex-spies, members of the military…these are all demographics that have in the past opened up to journalists about corruption in their fields.

Under the mask of anonymity, they can communicate classified information to journalists to expose the wrongdoings.

Prolific whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning used this route to share classified documents.

2. Free speech and anti-censorship advocates, and political protesters.

man's face with a tape on lipsAnyone that seeks to evade government surveillance (which, in many cases, could later used to oppress free speech) finds the dark web a good place to communicate anonymously.

3. Citizens in oppressive regimes who need access to news and information they can’t get in their country.

office table with a tea cup, pencil on a notebook and a main typing on a laptop. Laptop screen shows the word censoredThe deep web also comprises of websites and services that are specifically gathered under the dark web category. This means they are only accessible through Tor and they always end in .onion URLs.

Dark Web Markets

The dark web is host to hundreds of underground markets that sell all kinds of illicit products and services, including…

1. Drugs

drug addictDark web markets sell every pharmaceutical product you can think of, from heroin to mushrooms to LSD. Most markets also sell legal prescription drugs, ranging from ADHD medications to testosterone pills to even Prozac.

2. Stolen information

a man stealing credit card from a person's back pocket.Stolen credit and debit card details, social security numbers, and other such information obtained through identity theft are often found on the dark web.

3. Malware, ransomware and hacking services

a person paying bag of money to another person who has paper in his hand.Hackers, phishing experts, and ransomware and malware developers regularly advertise their services on the dark web.

Cyber attacks are on the rise over the last few years precisely because the act of spreading ransomware is a lucrative practice for anyone who wants to make money by holding data for ransom. There’s also a recent spike in adware campaigns.

These products and services are often originally sourced from the dark web. Ransomware sales on darknet markets saw an uptick of 2,502 percent in 2017 alone.

4. Weapons

5 dollar note , a hand gun and some bullets on a tableFirearms, knives, and even grenades and bomb equipment can be found on dark web markets.

5. Hitman-for-hire services

a man in black suite with a hand gun standing on a road.This particular dark web market category entered into mainstream awareness after Ross Ulbricht, founder of the infamous darknet market Silk Road, was arrested and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment under charges relating to drugs, hacking, money laundering and procuring murder; the latter charge was particularly influential in persuading the jury to convict Ulbricht of other charges in addition to hiring a hitman to murder someone.

It’s also what gained the story international public attention among people unfamiliar with the idea of darknet markets.

There are several known markets that deal explicitly in the contracted assassin field like Hitman Network, for example.

Although, it is worth noting that scammers will often use this “industry” to lure in potentially vulnerable victims and run off with their money without getting the job done.

Child pornography

Unfortunately, the cloak of anonymity brought by the Tor network also brings in rather a heavy share of pedophiles and predators—over 80 percent, one study found.

Some darknet platforms allow users to disseminate pornographic images and videos of children, and some platforms even provide the means for users to arrange meetings with their victims.

International law enforcement has busted several such platforms within the last few years, arresting thousands of child abusers and human traffickers in the process. The number of users behind these sites are staggering.

One that was busted by German law enforcement earlier this year, was Elysium, which managed to reel in more than 87,000 users worldwide.

In 2014, the FBI cracked down on Playpen, another child pornography site with 150,000 users.

The FBI apprehended its creator and lead administrator and proceeded to operate the site to gather information on its users.

An investigation followed that led to more than 800 U.S. and abroad arrests, and more than 300 children being identified or rescued internationally.

Torrented content

Unreleased games, movies and television shows galore are easy to come by on the dark web. More sites are moving to the dark web in order to evade the increasing threat of legal action over censorship or copyright charges.

Leaked data dumps

This is a hot category, at least dominating all headlines for months after a major leak. There have been dozens of interesting leaks in the last five years. Here is a comprehensive and visually-compelling chart of them all. Just a couple of the most notorious leaks include…

Adult Friend Finder

The Adult Friend Finder breaches in 2015 and 2016 which collectively exposed the sexual preference data, emails, usernames, IP addresses and login history of more than 303 million users of the hookup network.

Ashley Madison

An online dating service that markets itself to people who want to cheat on their spouses was hacked in July 2015.

After some months of hesitation, the hacked data of around 32 million Ashley Madison users was ultimately released by the enigmatic hacking group The Impact Team.

The leak included names, phone numbers, addresses, member profiles, as well as credit card details and records.

The Ashley Madison leak was followed by an exhaustive extortion campaign in which many victims of the breach were tricked into paying scammers cash in exchange for secrets that would supposedly damage their reputation.

There’s an excellent TV documentary that chronicles how the Ashley Madison hack unfolded, also detailing the subsequent scandals that blew up afterwards.

WikiLeaks

Ever since the site was created in 2006 by computer programmer and activist Julian Assange, WikiLeaks data dumps have received massive public attention from around the world. It’s worth a whole section but in the interest of clarity, here’s a snapshot of what the whistleblowing website covers, plus examples in each category.

Facts & Tidbits About the Deep Web

1. It enhances privacy to a great extent.

main looking a computer screenEncryption is precisely the main function of the deep web. It is what defines it, and it is what keeps it alive.

Because of the solid layer of encryption offered by the deep web, it is regularly utilized by individuals and groups that are vulnerable to surveillance, hacks or other parties interested in compromising their security.

This demographic encompasses people such as journalists, whistleblowers, citizens living under oppressive regimes riddled with censorship, and even people who are in unsafe and abusive relationships who need a way to communicate safely with others.

The Chinese government has notoriously excessive censorship standards. So notorious, in fact, that the rest of the world has taglined the nickname, The Great Firewall of China.

By utilizing the deep web’s encryption along with a private network or proxy, Chinese citizens can bypass the firewall to access whatever content they desire.

2. The Tor Onion Router was created by the government.

Interestingly, the first individuals to think up a way to bypass the portal into endless possibility was the United States government.

In the 1990s, a team of Navy mathematicians crafted the Tor Onion Router technology to allow military units and government agencies to communicate classified material over an encrypted network.

This is the basis for the dark web we know today

3. It comprises most of the internet.

Most estimates say the deep web is made up of approximately 96 percent of the internet. The smaller 4 percent is indexed by search engines like Google and Bing.

Common Misconceptions About the Deep Web

1. The deep web and the dark web are the same.

As is explained above, the deep web and the dark web are entirely different, and they both require special addresses to access the content found in each case.

The deep web can be accessed by a protocol that uses non-indexed web links, rather than pages you can easily find through a Google Search.

By contrast, the dark web is accessed using the Tor browser. Links there operate under a .onion domain.

2. It is only a source of illegal goods and services.

The deep web does not entirely deal with illegal goods and services. Because most of the content on the deep web is mostly publically accessible with backends, indexes, and data, it doesn’t necessarily draw illegal acts. The dark web, however, is more of a haven for criminals.

3. It is an anonymous platform.

Just because the deep web is encrypted does not mean it’s anonymous. It’s entirely probable for users’ IP addresses and locations to be leaked.

The best mindset to have is to assume that your information inevitably will be leaked (even if the chance is low).

You’re best protected using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on the deep web if you’re doing anything that’s subject to any scrutiny, regardless of whether or not it’s legal. This is just a smart security enhancement measure.

On the dark web, in particular, you should use a combination of Tor (to access .onion sites) and VPN (to protect your anonymity and make your IP address near-untraceable).

4. It’s completely secure.

Similar to point #3, it’s important to assert that just because the deep web is encrypted does not mean it’s secure.

A good “What Not to Do” case that’s explicitly applied to the dark web can be made using Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht as an example.

The founder of the notorious darknet drug trade site made a series of careless actions that eventually led the FBI to his identity and location.

That said, people can also be smart about running a darknet market without getting caught. It takes thinking ahead of law enforcement.

Dangers of the Deep Web

1. Hackers.

7 hackers in two rowsHackers are ever at bay wandering around on the deep and dark web, and they will seize the opportunity to take advantage of an existing situation.

What’s more is that those who need some valuable information from a particular entity will hire them to undertake various operations, such as obtain confidential data or compromise a certain system to give desired results.

Various confirmed reports of data breaches and loss of funds due to hacking have been reported in the recent past. And the number of cases in which hacks occur is ever-increasing.

2. Getting caught for doing something illegal.

main sitting while raising hands.Hundreds of people have been caught and arrested by law enforcement for undertaking illegal operations on the deep and dark web.

Sometimes, these people were, in fact, innocent; the government has a track record for making examples out of people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time—trying to send a message that they’re serious about crackdowns.

One such case involved Barrett Brown, a journalist, activist and sort of press office for the prolific hacktivism group, Anonymous.

Inside a thread in Project PM, the online investigative community he founded, Brown stumbled across a zipped file containing Stratfor data.

This was part of the infamous Stratfor email hack of 2012, which leaked the global intelligence firm’s internal communications and client records to WikiLeaks who published it as part of its Global Intelligence Files (GiFiles) leak.

Brown copied and pasted that link of hacked data onto another forum so he and his team could discuss its contents for a larger investigation about the intelligence agency.

That’s all he did…copy and paste. Later, the feds arrested Brown and charged him with possessing stolen content.

Several other factors could expose your identity while on the deep web, such as using your real name and email to post on forums. These tend to give third parties a clue of who you are.

For this reason, people can expose their identity without you even knowing it.

This would give investigators enough time to monitor their activities and gather sufficient evidence to incriminate them after an arrest.

3. Spying by ISPs and the government.

three suited bodies with cameras as their headFor a fact, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) can watch over every single detail their customers are doing on the internet since they are offering the service and have access to their systems’ databases.

On the other hand, governments possess the heavily-funded infrastructure and tools they use to spy on their targets, many of whom are average everyday citizens. WikiLeaks has extensively compiled leaked secrets about this deceptive practice.

Some of the leaks have revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spies on its targets by installing Trojans and malware that undertake various types of operations.

The WikiLeaks “Vault 7” dossier mentions how the CIA has developed tools for each device that can access the internet and, as such, one can be monitored without knowing.

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks also found that the CIA spies on its intergovernmental counterparts, mainly the National security Agency (NSA).

Some countries have strict guidelines that govern citizens’ use of and behavior on the internet.

Many of these policies also extend to the hidden web, assuming users will ultimately get caught evading the surface web. And as such, those found violating the laws are subjected to penalties that include fines or jail sentences.

With an increased level of cybercrime, then such measures ought to be in place to ensure that no one suffers at the expense of others.

Deep Web Anonymity: What Is It & How to Achieve It

Staying anonymous is imperative on the hidden web. Seeing as how anonymity is one of its primary functions, why wouldn’t you want to do the best you can to achieve it?

Here are the main programs you should download and guidelines you should follow to stay anonymous on the deep and dark web:

1. Tor (The Onion Router)

Tor has its origins in the United States Naval Research Laboratory, where it was created by a team of mathematicians in the late 1990s to give the government an extra layer of encryption in communicating sensitive messages.

Its main application was to protect intergovernmental communications and intelligence information from being intercepted by foreign entities.

Today, the browser is part of a larger open-source initiative called The Tor Project, which is, in part, funded by the U.S. Department of Defence.

It is tasked with creating a series of programs to access and improve functions of The Onion Router (Tor) network, which is what the Tor browser operates through.

The Onion Router network is an extremely unique technical invention. It is filled with websites that end with a .onion domain, contrary to the commonplace domain suffixes found on the surface web such as .com, .org, .edu, and countless others.

The Tor browser can be used to access the surface web, the deep web and the dark web. And it’s easy to use since its interface and intuitiveness is nearly identical to that of surface web-only browser Mozilla Firefox as the front end is  clone of it.

But when you look under the hood of how The Tor Browser actually works, its inner functions are completely different.

When you use the Tor browser, your connection bumps off a set of relays run by volunteers from around the world on a distributed network that extends from one end node to the other. The distributed nature of the network is precisely what allows for the Tor browser to protect your anonymity.

It attempts to prevent your location and browsing habits from being picked up by the sites you visit and communicate with.

So, The Tor Browser has the ability to protect your anonymity in a superficial sense (provided you don’t register accounts on dark web sites with your real name and sensitive information). But just because the Tor network is mostly anonymous does not mean it’s secure.

However, when using the browser, a few measures ought to be taken to ensure that your IP address is not leaked.

Among them is to make sure that all other applications are closed and to keep the Tor browser to its default size.

Other guidelines ought to be followed to ensure that your privacy and security is safeguarded while you’re browsing through the dark web in particular.

These guidelines involve using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which will give you an extra boost in security as you navigate the dark web and also give you a fail safe from Tor vulnerabilities such as when it leaks your real IP, as it has before.

2. Virtual Private Networks

how vpn worksTo further protect yourself on the deep web, one should ensure that your Virtual Private Network is turned on even before launching the Tor browser since it hides the actual location of an individual by changing their IP address (which is usually used to track the location of a person) to a random location on the globe.

For example, if you’re in Phoenix, Arizona and you want to browse the internet freely (be it the surface web, dark web or the deep web), you can do so by installing a trusty VPN and running it while you’re online.

The VPN will mask your real IP address (where you are, in Phoenix), and make it so your IP address appears to be registered to a different, random location anywhere in the world.

This way, anyone who wants to find out your IP address will not be able to do so—your IP address will appear to be registered in another location, like Mexico City or Copenhagen or Toronto, and so on.

Furthermore, a VPN will encrypt all of your information, sent and received, over the internet or dark web. This means that if someone could intercept it, then they can not tell what you are doing anyway.

3. Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) Encryption

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a communication system in which Important messages are encrypted using the receiver’s PGP encryption code.

When the message is sent, the public key of the receiver is used, and then the receiver uses their private key to decrypt the message.

The practice is used in darknet markets where vendors and sellers use the encryption method to protect the confidentiality of information they send between each other.

The average internet user may also find PGP useful for communicating online, as the reality of government surveillance continues to loom over citizens’ everyday lives.

On a broader level, PGP is used in instances where sensitive material is being exchanged between two parties.

This includes conversations about classified material between journalists and whistleblowers, as well as intergovernmental communications between federal entities.

Dark Web News has published a comprehensive guide here that outlines the importance of PGP and walks readers through the process of setting one up.

4. Anonymous Email

Just as the name suggests, anonymous email offers an individual increased online privacy to a great extent.

Regardless of what activities a person is pursuing on the deep web, they are always recommended to use an anonymous email in doing so. That is, they should not use their real email address, as it could easily disclose their identity by revealing their name.

When creating the email account, one should ensure that the username does not resemble their actual name so as to avoid being subject to government surveillance, fraud, scams, phishing attempts and other security issues.

There are a number of anonymous email services—most notably, HideMyAssTorGuard and Guerrilla Mail—you can try out if you’d like. A full guide on this topic has been made available by Dark Web News here.

5. Passwords and usernames

keyboard,notebook and a green highlighterAmong the blunders that disclosed the real identity and ultimate arrest of former Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht (alias “Dread Pirate Roberts”) was that he used his real name and email address to post to public forums about his activities on the dark web.

After this, it was easy for the feds to track him down and arrest him.

This shows the importance of using an anonymous username to undertake activities on the deep web.

The use of strong passwords is essential as well, as it ensures the account is not easily compromised by not only hackers, but also close associates. Strong passwords based on a given website will vary by meeting a specific criterion.

But for starters, a secure password should comprise of at least eight characters, have words that are not found in the English dictionary, consist of at least one uppercase letter, one number and special characters.

The general rule of thumb is: the more complex the password, the more secure the account. A simple password manager program can help with this.

When it comes to the username, it remains the responsibility of an individual to ensure that it is not similar to their actual name just as in the case of anonymous email handles.

6. Blocking the Webcam

thumb putting a black patch on laptop webcamHackers are ever at bay and they’re always ready to capitalize on any vulnerability within a given system so that they can break into it.

One lucrative form of ransomware attack is to take advantage of a computer’s vulnerability to install spyware that can take photos and videos via the webcam, only to send the data directly to the hacker in real time.

They can then demand a ransom from you and, depending on the nature of the photos/videos they capture with the webcam, chances are you’d be even more incentivized to pay up the ransom.

An easy fix to this is simply taping over your webcam or covering it in some way so hackers won’t be able to collect visual records of your everyday life if your computer is compromised

This is a frightening, but plausible possibility. It’s no wonder why the CEO of Facebook has taped his webcam.

Deep Web Browsing Tips

There are many factors that compromise the online safety and security of a user while on the deep web, despite the fact that you can just use a regular browser to access it.

The average Joe will probably leave more traces that reveal their identity as compared to an expert who has been operating on the hidden web for quite some time.

You’ll get the hang of it once you’ve had some time to get used to the deep web, but below are just a few best practices to keep in mind for your safety.

(Note that all of these tips apply to both the dark web and the deep web. The only difference is that you cannot access the dark web without using the Tor browser, as you will not be able to reach .onion links on a regular browser.)

  • Practice safe clicking

man clicking on a mouseAvoid all malicious links that aren’t sourced from a trusted website or user.

If you’re browsing the dark web in particular, you should always ALWAYS double check and even triple check to make sure you’re using the current.onion URL for whatever site you intend to visit.

Dark web links are constantly susceptible to change, so it’s best you check with a reputable source to make sure the link is verified.

  • Watch what you download

Don’t download applications, .pdf’s, or anything from untrusted sources or websites. It’s as simple as that.

  • Get an up-to-date antivirus program

hand on the keyboard of laptopThe devices used to access the hidden web should be clean and have an up-to-date antivirus that ensures their computer is not contaminated.

Hackers will often infiltrate a device by installing spyware on the browsers the victims are using. By doing so, information about the user’s activities is sent to the spyware developer in real-time.

  • Connect to trusted networks.

hands coming out of two monitors on the opposite to each otherLast but not least, don’t ever connect to unsecure or unknown networks. This includes the Wi-Fi at your friendly cyber cafe or coffee shop. Sometimes it’s best to just use a network you trust.

The dark and deep web are filled with the interesting content of all different categories. Dark web links are followed by a .onion parameter, and deep web links could contain any other domain.

Here are tables containing the top 10 most popular sites on both the dark and deep web, along with corresponding links.

[Table Coming Soon]

Dark Web News has compiled the biggest source of deep web links and screenshots online, and it’s continuously growing.

Deep Web Screenshots

Real-time or recent screen captures of live deep websites are incredibly useful for anyone who’s thinking about exploring on the deep web.

Screenshots give you a chance to take a peek into the website and its potential offerings without having to visit it yet.

Once you’ve decided it’s worth the dive, you can enter the site at the correct link associated with the screenshot.

Dark Web News has the largest selection of screenshots on the surface web.

If you head over to this page, then you can click on the eye symbol for any record in the table to view the screenshot of the site.

Deep Web Search Engines & Tools

The deep web does not have Google because of its prime characteristic of having data that is not indexed. This might sound like a disadvantage given the fact that Google has spoiled us all with easy and quick search returns.

But it’s imperative to remember that the entire purpose of the deep web is that it’s an open source of information that anyone is welcome to take stock in, and it has much MUCH more to offer than any Google search.

You just have to know how to harness the deep web to your advantage.

There are some search engines made for use in the dark web, and one of them is GRAMs, which happens to be the very first search engine of its kind to be developed to browse through the Tor network.

Due to the rising number of darknet markets, the developers saw the need to create a search engine that is convenient for dark web users.

It enables them to search the Tor network for markets, and it also provides guides for purchases and sales.

Some other alternative search engines and tools for finding and consuming content on the deep and dark web include:

  • DuckDuckGo: This is an anonymous search engine that keeps no logs of users’ browsing behaviors, search results, history, cookies, etc. It’s mainly used for browsing the surface web in a more anonymous way, but it picks up deep web links too.
  • Torch (xmh57jrzrnw6insl.onion): With over 10 million users and years of positive reputation-building under its belt, Torch has gained notoriety among the deep and dark web communities for delivering high quality search services of the hidden internet. It’s based on the Chromium suite and is compatible with Chrome extensions and add-ons.
  • Uncensored Hidden Wiki (zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion/wiki/index.php/Main_Page): The oldest and truest form of dark web search mastery is the Hidden Wiki. It is a repository for links to all sorts of websites on the darknet, from drug markets to fanbases to uncensored news publications to even some darker content having to do with human trafficking and abuse. That’s why you should be careful what you click on when you scroll through the Hidden Wiki; it certainly doesn’t discriminate on what graphic content is on the list.
  • The WWW Virtual Library is the oldest and most vast catalog of internet websites of all time. It was created at the European Organization for Nuclear Research by the founder of the World Wide Web and HTML himself, Tim Berners-Lee. The database has educational and encyclopedic references on virtually any topic thinkable.
  • This list has some additional search engines you can try out based on your needs.
  • Ichidian: A launched recently search engine helps users access dark web URLs in a faster and easier manner than others. It’s new, so it may take some time to adjust to its new user base.
  • notEvil (hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion): This is also an in-depth list of deep and dark web links. notEvil has been around for some time, and is widely known among the community as a good source for links.

Deep Web Reddit Resources

reddit logoReddit is a major source of information about deep web topics. Subreddit forums offer deep web users the opportunity to freely express themselves on various issues, obtaining first-hand information on anything that concerns the deep and dark web.

However, since the main function of Reddit is to be a tool for expressing uncensored views and opinions, deep/dark web forums on Reddit have indeed landed people into trouble with law enforcement since some tend to overshare and use their real names to post comments about their practices.

Users in dark/deep web subreddit communities can sometimes be at odds with each other. If you’re just an average onlooker, you’ll find the whole culture behind this scene incredibly fascinating to watch.

Users are downright combative with one another on a regular basis; sometimes comedically so. But that’s the way of life within this niche. Trolling is not only tolerated, it’s accepted.

Hackers will often openly brag about their exploits and taunt others for not being able to meet the challenge due to their “lower” skill sets.

As a result, angry fellow commenters may be motivated to dox that user. This happened recently with a user named PhishKingz, a phishing guru of sorts who has been behind some of the dark web’s notable phishing campaigns.

Many of those who engage in fraud and illegal activities end up exposing their identity to some extent.

Additionally, some darknet market users, admins, vendors and buyers tend to end up getting caught for accidentally exposing their identity.

And as a result, investigative bodies and law enforcement agencies monitor the subreddit forums for any leads of persons that may be engaging in criminal actives.

Consequently, this has over time led to the rest of quite a number of people.

For this reason, those posting on Reddit should ensure that they have turned on their VPN before logging into their account (creates with an anonymous email) and posting.

Failure to do so could lead to the actual IP address of the user getting exposed, making it easier to get traced.

Other measures include use of fake email addresses for making Reddit accounts, as well as fake usernames. The username should no way resemble the actual name or identity of the person.

Below are some of the subreddit forums that relate to the deep web:

Deep Web

https://www.reddit.com/r/deepweb shares verifiable tools, resources and general information that deep web users find interesting and helpful.

https://www.reddit.com/r/DeepWebTopics is a topical discussion board where users posts, stories, questions, observations and comments about things they’ve seen or want to see on the deep web.

https://www.reddit.com/r/DeepWebIntel is a general forum for deep web users to communicate, created by a user of the same name.

https://www.reddit.com/r/onions is more dark web-related, but it’s a helpful source for finding out more about what the darknet has to offer.

https://www.reddit.com/r/deepwebexperiences is a spot where people can share some of the interesting things they’ve seen on the deep web.

https://www.reddit.com/r/WikiLeakshttps://www.reddit.com/r/WikiLeaksDiscussions (invite-only) and https://www.reddit.com/r/WikileaksTaskForce are all dedicated to free and open conversation around WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and whistleblowing in general.

https://www.reddit.com/r/DeepWebMysteries/ is a community of citizen investigators who look for hidden meanings and patterns in deep web sites. It’s invite-only, so you have to message the moderators to get access to the subreddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/deepwebpics is exactly what it sounds like—a bunch of screenshots from deep web sites, or screenshots depicting content that’s related to the deep web in some way.

Carding

https://www.reddit.com/r/BankMoney is where users post questions and answers related to anything and everything fraud and carding-related.

https://www.reddit.com/r/carding is a carding forum community that’s private and requires an invite link.

https://www.reddit.com/r/cardingfraud shares ways to make a long-term profit by carding; it’s also private and requests an invite link.

Dark Net Markets

https://www.reddit.com/r/DarkNetMarkets2 is definitively the most widely used subreddit for dark web market vendors, buyers, admins, observers and browsers to communicate and swap tips and information about the associated darknet market brands.

https://www.reddit.com/r/DNMAvengers compiles an index of tested products from confirmed darknet market buyers, in a bid to add more accountability to the scene; the subreddit is currently under construction, but it’s still accepting new submissions.

Hacking

https://www.reddit.com/r/hacking is a subreddit for anyone in the hacking community, whether it be full-time hackers, curious users who want to tip their toes into the vice, or onlookers who simply enjoy reading countless threads of hacker culture on Reddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Hacking_Tutorials is a peer-to-peer educational subreddit for methods, tools, resources and tips hackers can use to carry out their activities.

https://www.reddit.com/r/hackingwithswift is a place where iOS and Swift developers and hackers can post questions/answers, swap comments and suggestions, and share cool projects with one another.

Deep Web Horror Stories

The number of creepy stories about the invisible web as of now is endless. And what’s more is that these numbers grow day by day.

Red Rooms

As its name suggests, “Red Rooms” are places where people are brutally slaughtered on camera for anyone inside the chat room to watch from home.

Due to the fact that most witnesses of this phenomena only have their experience and memory to use as evidence, there have been several rumors that Red Rooms are actually a hoax.

Observers have claimed that the sites will offer a “Pay Per View” button where users provide payment in Bitcoins to gain access to watch the content.

If Red Rooms are to be believed as true, they’d be best described as live-streamed snuff films, formatted for the Internet Age. Or,  they could very well be just a twisted scam.

Human Experiments

As scary as it sounds, this is indeed something that occurs in the dark web.

There is an enigmatic site called The Human Experiment, run by a group that abducts human beings and performs a whole host of experiments on them just for fun.

The acts performed on humans include starvation, radiation exposure, injecting chemicals into the body, among many others.

Sexual Content

Some of the content found on the deep web is highly explicit, and the scenes are not worth exploring especially for the faint-hearted.

Abductions and kidnapping for sexual purposes have been long documented on various dark websites.

There have been numerous accounts and stories of innocent wanderers of the dark web (usually newbies to the scene) who accidentally stumble upon this type of content. As a result, they've emotionally scarred for a long while afterward, or even indefinitely.

The dark web often hosts to content that depicts humans performing acts of bestiality on animals and engaging minors in sexual acts.

The price for these videos or photos depends on the site but on some occasions, the content is available to download for free.

Viewing this type of content is illegal in almost all countries and Dark Web News do not condone it at all. We are just reporting on what is actually found here.

Summoning Demons

Very crazy, right? But it is indeed a vice that many are performing.

These sites are formed by members of cults who engage each other by showing bizarre rituals, such as eating human flesh and drinking human blood in the act of offering sacrifices.

Creepy Games

There are some seriously dark games that are floating around the dark web right now.

One such example is the Blue Whale Suicide Challenge, which is loosely linked to around 130 deaths of teenagers throughout Russia as of September 2017 (because of ongoing investigations, that link has yet to be proven definitively).

The games starts off by trying to get the player addicted to it over a time period of 50 days by rewarding them for completing challenges that range in severity, from watching scary movies to physically hurting themselves.

The more the user plays the game and goes through more advanced levels, the more challenges they’re required to solve. At the end, the game tasks them with committing suicide.

Deep Web Torrent Sites

Perhaps it goes without saying, but extreme caution is absolutely required when undertaking any sort of torrenting activity.

Torrenting on the surface web can be dangerous, as your IP address and browsing history are readily made available to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Entertainment producers are incredibly touchy about their copyrighted content so, to avoid legal action, it’s best to use torrent sites under the cloak of anonymity on the deep web—using the Tor browser or I2P, another network that serves to protect users’ privacy.

(Here’s a plug to Dark Web News’ in-depth Tor guide, which can help get you started.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most reliable torrenting platforms, and their corresponding links:

The Pirate Bay — uj3wazyk5u4hnvtk.onion

TPB is one of the most popular and all-inclusive torrent platforms that’s dominated the scene since its start in 2003. The surface web site is periodically subject to domain seizures, but the Tor version has remained intact.

Solarmovie — solarmovie6rystf.onion

As its name states, Solarmovie is a searchable database of movies. It covers pretty much every genre you can think of.

Demonoid — demonhkzoijsvvui.onion:8080

This is a longstanding BitTorrent-enabled discussion forum that facilitates peer-to-peer file sharing. The surface web address is: Demonoid.pw.

BTDB

Standing for BitTorrent Database, BTDB is a search engine for searching nodes that distribute torrent files via the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol. There doesn’t appear to be a .onion link for this one, but it’s accessible via the surface web here.

Wrap Up

The deep web is a fascinating place to be for any internet denizen. It’s a rabbit hole of internet wonder, offering all sorts of knowledge, records, data and content a person could spend days sifting through.

It may take a few steps to navigate your way through the various links and virtual pathways to find the insights you’re looking for, but that’s all part of the fun.

The deep web is beckoning your entrance. And if you’re up for the task, you might find the answers you’ve been looking for within its depths.

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Illegal Search Engines is what you’re here for, and let me start by saying that they aren’t as bad as they sound.

Here, the concept of “illegal” doesn’t imply that using these search engines is illegal, what it does imply is that these search engines may help you stumble upon websites and link which may be illegal in some countries.

Or, these may be search engines which do not track you or invade your privacy and quite frankly do not care if you use them to get to the other side of the law (although I’ll strictly advise against it).

In simpler terms these are just better Search Engine than Google, better in the sense that they may display better, hidden, or exclusive results such as .onion links or they may grant you the privacy and anonymity that Google strips you off.

11 Best Illegal Search Engines to Browse the DarkNet.

Note that, using these Search Engines isn’t “illegal” by itself, although using the search engine, landing on an illegal deep web marketplace and then buying something or getting involved with anything illegal totally is illegal, even on the deep web!

Let’s teleport you to the land of Illegal Search Engines then?

Note: If you are first-time deep web user and you don’t know how to access the deep web links and how you can make secure you while at the deep web access then check out below-given guide.

1. Ahmia

Website: http://msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion/

It can in a sense be termed as one of the hidden search engines on the clearnet I suppose, for the reason that it is a search engine for .onion links, which are hidden on the Clearnet and can be browsed only on the Tor network!

Although Ahmia in itself is completely legal, and actually pretty trustworthy, backed by Tor2Web and Global Leaks projects!

The primary reason why I consider it better than Google is because of its display of hidden sites on the Tor network (.onion) which Google completely avoids.

So, if you know not where to start on the Deep web, this can be a pretty good place to do so!

2. The Uncensored Hidden Wiki

Website: http://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Talking of “Starting points” for the Deep web, this quite literally is the answer. What does a search engine mean?

A place where you can find links to other important websites and places you can visit, something like that isn’t that right?

The Uncensored Hidden Wiki is exactly that, it lists most of the important, most visited and popular sites both legal and illegal (primarily, and mostly illegal) without discrimination for you to visit.

It’s more like an illegal search engines list in itself, or more like illegal websites list or a directory basically “illegal” being the key-word here.

Even though not every link over there works, 60-70% of them do, although you may want to visit our list of 30 Tor most popular Tor websites which has a 100% working link collection to Tor websites! (Illegal ones too, yeah!)

3. Parazite

Website: http://kpynyvym6xqi7wz2.onion

This is one of the hidden search engines I visit when I’m feeling bored, yeah it can totally turn your mood around with its “I’m feeling lucky” kind of feature.

Meaning, it can be used to land on random, unknown websites on the Deep web, which quite often turn out to be “not so legal” such as a Bitcoin money launderer maybe, or a bad website.

But, it does have that feeling you get when opening a door and not knowing what lies on the other side of it.

As a Search Engine, it not only brings “links” to you but a collection of hidden files and data caches as well, which include some of the most weird things such as real-life cannibalism documentaries or shocking photos/theories etc.

You should feel free to use Parazite as using it isn’t illegal, neither is landing on almost any page on the Deep web as long as you don’t “use” the page for your personal gains.

4. Tor Links

Website: http://torlinkbgs6aabns.onion/

It again is a link directory, something identical to the Uncensored Hidden Wiki, but obviously, it has its differences.

It has a better user-interface and is slightly graphic rich for starters, the links too differ although its categories section on top helps you narrow things down.

As it’s similar to the Hidden Wiki, it too is a great place for you to start if you just ventured on the Deep web and aren’t sure of your destinations.

Although it terms itself as “a moderated replacement for the Hidden Wiki”, pertaining to the fact that quite a few of the Hidden Wiki links are dead, and I found more of those “working” links here when compared to the Hidden Wiki.

Note that it does list illegal sites, and browsing them isn’t illegal, but try not to order something for yourselves over there.

It’s here on this list of Illegal search engines because it has links, a lot of them which are illegal pure and simple.

5. Torch

Website: http://xmh57jrzrnw6insl.onion/

TOR(CH) stands for TOR+ Search. Well, they also have a clearnet URL but I’m sure you wouldn’t want to use it for obvious reasons.

It’s one of the oldest search engines in the industry and claims to have an index of over a million pages which is plausible.

As for “Onion” pages, the number is 479613 to be exact, just short of half a million which we can live with.

The only aspect I’m not a fan of when it comes to Torch is its massive ad-spamming! There are ads on the homepage, on the search results and everywhere else.

It does totally fit the bill when it comes to illegal search engines because its onion version fearlessly displays not only search results, but even ads which clearly are on the other side of the law.

6. Not Evil

Website: http://hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion/

Be fooled not by the simplicity that you witness in the above screenshot! Literally almost every website and article on the web about unconventional search engine has mentioned “Not Evil”.

Why? Well, when it has spent the better part of its existence indexing over 28056215 hidden links on the search engine, that’s something it deserves, don’t you agree?

Obviously, the number of hidden links is more, way more when compared to that of Torch.

You can filter if you wish to see only the “Title” of the result, or the complete “URL” hence putting you in the driver’s chair for your searches.

It also lets you chat with humans, or bots, instantly, with a single click without any kind of signup or registration so that’s a nice addition in case you wish to verify the authenticity of the deep web links or just talk about what to have for dinner.

7. Gibiru

Website: http://gibiru.com/

Gibiru markets itself as “Uncensored Anonymous Search”; so even though it doesn’t display .onion links, it still is better search engine than Google for the simple reason that it respects your privacy.

Some of its advanced privacy features include user agent spoofing, a free list of IP addresses to choose from, cookie deletion etc.

So basically, it not only “doesn’t” track you or your searches, but also provides you with some of the best ways to protect you further just in case.

I believe it’s the right fit for this illegal search engines list as it helps you keep your anonymity and privacy airtight just in case you have ulterior motives, or unconsciously land at a site, or do something which you shouldn’t do.

8. Duck Duck Go

Website: http://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/

Duck Duck Go doesn’t need an introduction, it not only is a popular clearnet search engine but also on the Tor network.

In fact, it’s the default search engine for the Tor browser as well.

It’s not one of those illegal search engines by any definition, and is almost the same thing as Google, with just a lot more privacy and anonymity than what Google offers.

It doesn’t track “any” information about its users (us), not history, nor cookies neither web activities. Because of this, the search results are exactly the same for everyone using the search engine because there’s no personalization.

But well I’ll trade my “personalized results” any day of the week for 100% privacy and “no-tracking” thing which is exactly what the browser offers.

9. HayStack

Website: http://haystakvxad7wbk5.onion/

Haystack has a tagline that reads – The Darknet search engine. I believe the Darknet does qualify as something illegal, or illicit in the least, so obviously yeah the Haystack deserves a seat at this illegal search engines table, don’t you agree?

And not just the tagline, it also has proved itself by indexing over 1.5billion pages! Now that’s a lot! Even though it includes historical onion links which may be dead at the moment, it still counts as an achievement.

They also claim to be the Darknet’s largest search engine although that’s something I haven’t personally verified so wouldn’t vouch for.

There seem to be no ads, none at all which is a good sign, and they do display illegal results directly from deep web marketplaces or individual sellers for drugs, guns and everything else so I guess I was right to include this one here, isn’t that so?

10. Candle

Website: http://gjobqjj7wyczbqie.onion/

The candle is another one of those illegal search engines which don’t really care a lot about what you search for and is happy to serve.

For e.g. I searched for “drugs” and it got me quite a few links which redirected to some marketplaces for the same. It also showed “8793” results, which I’d say is a good indexation number for a term such as this, especially on the onion network.

Again, it only “displays” results which may be illegal, using Candle, or clicking on any of those isn’t illegal in most cases.

The logo seems to be a Google knockoff; although unlike Google there are no ads, no sidebars, basically nothing except Green and Blue text over a Black background.

Anyway, it displays onion results so I guess that satisfies what you came here for, search engine which searches and displays illegal search results, that about right?

11. WWW Virtual Library

Website: http://vlib.org

Finally, would you trust a search engine which is free, not regulated by the government, and was created by the same person who created “THE INTERNET”?

If you answered yes, well you just got your wish! WWW Virtual Library was created by Tim Berners Lee, and even though it’s not exactly a secret search engine cause it’s on the clearnet, it still is quite literally a virtual library.

Now, it also is the oldest data achieve on the internet, and even though it’s not as user-friendly or graphic-rich as the Billion dollar Google.com; it’s known to provide much better, research-oriented and data-rich information on just about any topic including Law, Agriculture, Fashion, Drama ah you name it.

It’s run by a group of volunteers across the globe, and they even accept new members if you’re an expert in something or a specific field and would like to contribute; unlike the centralized Google.

Bottomline, you may stumble upon some golden nuggets over here which Google or other clearnet search engines might be devoid of.

Conclusion

So, that’s a wrap folk as far as this piece on Illegal search engines goes. Now, considering you came here for these, here’s some friendly advise.

Never use any of these illegal search engines without Tor or a good VPN! Why? I said these weren’t illegal, right?

Well, yeah using these sites simply to “browse” isn’t illegal, but what if you land on a website showcasing something illegal? Or get caught in something else which actually is illegal? You never know what lies on the other end of a .onion link.

So, it’s a good precaution to be cautious, using Tor along with a VPN will grant you the extra privacy and security you need to keep yourselves out of trouble even if something does happen, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Anyway, do let me know what you think of these illegal search engines, and what you think of this post as well.

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New web crawler from TSignal doesn't care who you are

Developers are working on a privacy-focused search engine that goes beyond the likes of DuckDuckGo.

DeepSearch from TSignal is an AI-based search engine that does not collect any user information, according to the team behind the project. The crawler-based engine aims to maintain user privacy while offering unbiased information discovery.

"TSignal does all the heavy work in-house, including crawling, language detection, indexing, ranking etc, while DuckDuckGo results are based on Bing/Google APIs," TSignal founder Vipin Kumar told El Reg. "DuckDuckGo is basically another front-end for Bing/Google with some tweaks."

TSignal has built its own engines, algorithms and stack, which handle, index and rank all data. The search engine has already indexed more than 4 billion web pages, according to its developers, with plans to index 100 billion more pages over the coming months.

The search engine's rank algorithms are completely AI based and its stack is "extremely fast", with 90 per cent of queries delivered in less than 200ms, according to Kumar. "There is no human curation of results at any stage," he added.

TSignal's DeepSearch

The project is pitched against the likes of Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Yandex. TSignal promises that it does not track its users with cookies, JavaScripts or with any other technologies in any form, not even for the sake of better or personalised results.

DeepSearch is currently at the alpha stage. Some features, such as query auto-correction and suggestions – commonplace with other search engines – are not yet available. It also does not currently index news or social media websites, but adding this support is a priority.

"We completely respect users' privacy," Kumar concluded. "Users' communications/search history are personal data and should be treated as such and should not be used in any form. The platform provider is just the messenger." ®

Source: This article was published theregister.co.uk By John Leyden

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