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Because the internet is a strange and complicated place, the fate of your digital privacy is, at this very moment, intertwined with that of online message boards and comment sections. And things, we're sorry to report, aren't looking so hot.

At issue is the seemingly unrelated EARN IT Act. Pushed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and a host of bipartisan co-sponsors, and voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, the measure ostensibly aims to combat online child sexual abuse material. However, according to privacy and security experts who spoke with Mashable, the bill both directly threatens end-to-end encryption and promises to spur new and sustained online censorship by weakening Section 230 — a provision of the Communication Decency Act of 1996 that protects internet providers from being held liable for their users' actions.

The devil, as it so often can be found, is in the details. That's because the newly amended version of the bill essentially gives state lawmakers the ability to regulate the internet, according to Joe Mullin, a policy analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who broke down the censorship risks posed by the measure should it become law.

"All 50 states will be able to write new Internet rules that online platforms and websites will have to follow," Mullin explained in an email. "The only limit on the new rules is that they will have to relate, in some way, to the fight against child sexual abuse. If websites don't follow the new state-level internet rules, they'll be exposed to private lawsuits and potentially state-level criminal prosecutions."

This concern is echoed by the ACLU which, in a July 1 open letter, warned that "[by] allowing states to set their own standards for platform liability for [child sexual abuse material], the amended version [of the EARN IT Act] allows states to create inappropriate standards by which platform responsibility for user-generated content should be judged."

In case that's not clear enough, earlier this month, in an open letter addressed to Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein and Sen. Graham, EFF director of federal affairs, India McKinney, predicted that the EARN IT Act would lead to the "loss of Section 230 immunity" for online platforms. In other words, online companies could be held liable for user-generated content. This could inspire those companies to proactively discontinue offerings — like message boards — that we all take for granted as an indelible part of internet culture. 

"Why have a comments section, or a discussion forum, or an email service, or file storage services,  if you could get in big trouble for something that a user did — even without your knowledge," asked Mullin. "Online platforms will hedge their risk by removing or not providing these features." 

And, even though the possibility of 50 distinct state-level rules exists if the EARN IT Act becomes law, it's not like living in one relatively hands-off state would necessarily exempt you. Why would a company go to the trouble of crafting 50 different policies and releasing 50 different location-specific offerings, after all, when it could simply tailor everything to the requirements of the most restrictive state government? 

Which brings us to encryption, or, more specifically, end-to-end encryption. 

End-to-end encryption is the gold standard in digital privacy. When implemented properly, it ensures that only a message's sender and intended recipient can read its contents. Basically, it means that third parties like governments, private companies, and hackers aren't reading your messages, bank statements, and doctors' notes. 

 

The EARN IT Act, which technically is an acronym for the "Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies," has a list of co-sponsors that include many Senators long in opposition to the idea of consumer access to end-to-end encryption. In 2016, Sen. Feinstein, one such EARN IT Act co-sponsor, co-authored a bill with Republican Sen. Richard Burr that would have more or less made end-to-end encryption illegal.

The EARN IT Act may not be as explicit as previous efforts to ban end-to-end encryption, but experts insist it is likewise a threat to a technology used by companies such as Apple to protect customers' data from hackers. 

When initially introduced in the Senate on March 5 of this year, the EARN IT Act directly threatened the legality of end-to-end encryption — so much so, that back in April, Signal, a free and open-source, secure messaging app, published a blog post warning its ability to operate in the U.S. was at risk should the measure pass. 

"The EARN IT act turns Section 230 protection into a hypocritical bargaining chip," warned Signal. "At a high level, what the bill proposes is a system where companies have to earn Section 230 protection by following a set of designed-by-committee 'best practices' that are extraordinarily unlikely to allow end-to-end encryption."

The bill was amended last week to address some of those fears, but the changes weren't enough to convince actual privacy experts. Riana Pfefferkorn, the associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, made as much clear in a July 6 blog post. She wrote that the amendment by Sen. Patrick Leahy is "not the silver bullet that some are holding it out as in terms of answering critics' concerns about how EARN IT could potentially discourage encryption and harm cybersecurity."

Mullin agrees, and cautions that the bill could result in lawmakers insisting providers scan users' devices, messages, and conversations before they are ever encrypted. 

"State lawmakers could easily get around the Leahy amendment by demanding some form of 'client side scanning,'" he said, "which has been the direction of the anti-encryption forces for about a year now."

Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at Jamf, founder of the free anti-malware service Objective-See, and ex-NSA hacker, echoed Mullin in noting that the EARN IT Act looks to be more of the same from the anti-privacy crowd. 

"[This] seems just to be the latest push by the govt. for weakening encryption," he said in a Twitter direct message. "Hopefully it doesn't go anywhere."

Wardle's opposition to the EARN IT Act is notable for many reasons, and not just because he used to work for the NSA. In 2017, Wardle uncovered a malware strain that had infected hundreds of computers in the U.S. and was used to spy on unsuspecting victims through their webcams. In early 2018, an Ohio man was charged with installing the malware on thousands of computers.

That Wardle — who literally helped bring to justice someone accused of an effort to "produce child pornography" — opposes the EARN IT Act should be a huge tip-off that the measure isn't as straightforward as its proponents suggest. 

Importantly, the bill hasn't passed yet; it hasn't even been brought to the floor of the Senate for a full vote. Not even the EFF could say when or even if the bill will get a full vote. 

That doesn't mean the threat it poses to both your privacy, and the internet as we know it, is any less real should it eventually become law. 

[Source: This article was published in mashable.com By JACK MORSE - Uploaded by the Association Member: Daniel K. Henry]

Categorized in Internet Privacy

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!)

Related:

How to keep your information off the dark web

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.

Related:

10 Steps to Improve Your Internet Privacy

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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[Source: This article was published in deepwebsiteslinks.com - Uploaded by the Association Member: Jeremy Frink]

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Washington, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The Dark Web, the darkest part of so-called Deep Web, was hacked to expose pages with enormous amounts of children''s pornography to the authorities, Motherboard platform reported Monday.
 
It is known as Deep Web the pages that carry every content that is not found on superficial Internet or in public nets. It constitutes 90 percent of everything published in the Internet but it cannot be searched by using traditional search engines like GOOGLE, YAHOO or BING.

The hacker responsible for the attack made public the content of more than 10,000 websites hidden in the Internet, which up to now, were only available through a program called THOR.


The action was against a website called Freedom Hosting II, a service to place websites in the Dark Web, which has been involved in polemic issues, linked to child pornography.

According to the hacker, the attack was due to the fact that at least, 50 percent of the files in those servers working for Freedom Hosting II corresponded to child pornography and frauds, through messages that have been shown.

The Deep Web is inaccessible for most of the Internet users, due to the limitations of the public network for access to all the websites; also, the majority of the content in the Deep Web is generated dynamically, so it is difficult to search them through traditional search engines.

That is why many international organizations have qualified the Deep Web as a refuge for criminals and a place to publish illegal content.

 


According to experts, what is more rampant in this sector of the network are scams, since the only thing that protects users in the Deep Web is common sense.
 
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The darknet (or darkweb/any variation thereof) has an undeniable stigma. Some know the hidden sites to be a gateway to speaking freely. Others use darknet marketplaces to purchase drugs that are safer than those on the street. Another group may use the anonymity to share child pornography. In the words of Ross Ulbricht, “I learned… when you give people freedom, you don’t know what they’ll do with it.”

Researchers from Terbium Labs claim to have found evidence that disputes the majorly negative reputation the darknet has garnered.

Anonymity does not mean criminality,” the study’s landing page displays. “In the industry’s first data-driven, fact-based research report, Terbium Labs analyzes what’s really taking place on the far corners of the Internet.”

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Dr. Clare Gollnick and Emily Wilson, according to Engadget, claimed to be the first to conduct such a study. While the exact intention or scope of the claim remains unknown, Terbium Labs is far from the first entity to conduct a scan of onion links. Thanks to the well-known security and privacy researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis, we have OnionScan. And again, thanks to Lewis, we have a list of darknet papers and studies conducted throughout the last decade.

The Terbium Labs paper listed the the full methodology at the end of the paper, but the introduction holds “what you need to know to get started.” To start, Dr. Clare Gollnick and Emily Wilson used data pulled from 400 URLs. The URLs were pulled by an automated crawler over the course of a single day. Each URL, the paper noted, was used as an independent unit.

A team of analysts classified the contents of each URL. The categories were predefined were labeled with one of the following terms: Legal, Explicit, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals, Fraud, Multiple Categories (Illicit), Falsified Documents & Counterfeits, Exploitation, Hacking & Exploits, Weapons, Extremism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Other Illicit Activity, Unknown/Site Down, Downloadable File.

Legal content made the majority of the 400 domains documented and it mirrored what could be found on the clearnet. According to the study, 6.8% of the legal content was porn. The rest consisted of nothing worthwhile. There were political blogs, graphic design firms, and even forums to discuss erectile dysfunction. The legal content appeared to be seemingly no different than content anywhere else.

After the legal category came everything else.

The majority of the content in the study is simply a description for each of the aforementioned categories. For example:

We defined Drugs as any non-pharmaceutical drug or substance bought or sold for recreational purposes. To provide a more detailed breakdown of the kinds of drugs available on the dark web, we separately classified any Pharmaceuticals available for sale as well. We include marijuana as a drug and not a pharmaceutical for the purposes of this study.

And similarly:

Pharmaceuticals include any kind of drug that a doctor might prescribe, excluding painkillers and their derivatives. For our classification, Pharmaceuticals include ADD/ADHD and anti-anxiety medications, even though these medications are often used recreationally… No prescriptions, unlimited refills, and no questions asked. Dark web pharmacies provide unfettered access to prescription medications, recalled over-the-counter drugs, and unregulated supplements.

Note that in this study, prescription drugs and street drugs were not categorized together.

 

The study found that the “drugs” category constituted close to 44.5% of the illegal content on the darknet.

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Illegal pharmaceuticals only accounted for another 11.9%.

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Both categories combined, the study found, made up the majority of the darknet content at around 56%.

For the most part, the remaining categories, save for “Multiple Categories (Illicit),” made little impact. “Weapons” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” among others, yielded no results in study. One category stood out to researchers: Exploitation.

Researchers discovered more content depicting the exploitation of children than content in several other categories. The exploitation category was almost as large as the fraud category.

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The results of this study should not necessarily be treated as canon. Various scans over the years have had very different results. Most scans with accompanying data have been far more in-depth than this one. This doesn’t change the fact that legal content exists on the darknet. Similarly, this study’s inaccuracies and small sample size do not inherently disqualify other findings.

Sarah Jamie Lewis, on Twitter, pointed out some issues with these types of studies. One-third or more of darknet sites have a duplicate or clone, according to Lewis. In a study like the one from Terbium Labs, pulling any number of duplicates paints an inaccurate picture. Likewise, Lewis wrote that she had never seen a study that did anything other than http-only. Other factors like site ownership and a website’s weight need to be taken into account.

Source : deepdotweb

Categorized in Deep Web

China's search engine giants Baidu and Sogou, have been investigated by Shanghai authorities under suspicion for illegal commercial promotions.


This comes after the implementation of China's new Internet advertising regulations, which for the first time ever have defined paid-for search results on search engines as advertisements.

Baidu and Sogou are being investigated for promoting unqualified hospitals. The hospitals involved in the case, are also under investigation.

Baidu, the biggest Internet search engine in China, has been in hot water since April this year, as its search results influenced a 22-year-old college student's choice of medical treatment leading to his death

In July, Baidu was caught up in another scandal for its late-night promotion of gambling sites

These incidents have created a stir across China, and accelerated amendments of China's Internet advertising regulations and laws.

The newly-amended Internet advertising regulations of China came into effect on September 1rst, 2016.

 

Source : http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/09/03/4201s939253.htm

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