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Thursday, March 31, 2016
'Dark web,' a realm of the Internet unmonitored and anonymous
What is believed to be the first ever comprehensive report on the
'dark web' has been
by Intelliagg. Intelliagg monitors, collects and aggregates
intelligence about organizations and individuals that could pose a
threat to their clients. Although partial efforts to map the dark web
have been attempted before, Intelliagg and Darksum are the first to
employ hard data to paint a comprehensive picture of its contents.
maps the dark web and offers valuable insights into the poorly
understood realm of cyberspace.
found that, despite its reputation, only 48 percent of the sites on
the dark web are illegal. Drugs featured 4 percent of the time,
whereas weapons and pornography-fetish come up at less than 2 percent
collectively. Leaked data (28 percent) and financial fraud (12
percent). Perhaps not surprisingly, the vast majority of information
is in English (76 percent). German and Chinese are next at 4 percent
and 3.7 percent respectively.
most discernible differences between the Internet and the dark web
lie in anonymity and size. The dark web is much smaller than commonly
thought, a mere 30,000 sites - a small fraction of the size of the
Internet. The Internet has a protective monitoring system that can
block and remove illegal or harmful websites and has the capability
to identify users. By its very nature, the dark web depends on its
anonymity. Users are unidentifiable and untraceable, websites are
hard to find, unless you're in 'the know', and sites on the dark web
cannot be reached without the use of specialized encryption software.
research has identified a number of serious security threats. These
include a major Western democracy, where it is possible to view
private addresses, social security numbers and photos of key
government personnel, policemen, judges and even the secret service.
It is then just a click away to find a hit man and a menu of their
fees. Intelliagg have forwarded these findings to the relevant
government's security services.
research also exposed commercial risks, such as employees of banks
advertising their services, such as laundering money, to interested
bidders. This is a recurring problem that has strong links to
organized crime rings. A
spokesman from Intelliagg explained; "The dark web is renowned
for illicit and illegal trade, unmonitored and anonymous. Not any
more. We have successfully penetrated into the darkest parts using
specialist software and our expertise. We are now using this
information to protect companies, governments and individuals.”