The Kremlin was willing to pay 3.9 million rubles ($59,000) to anyone able to crack Tor, a popular tool for communicating anonymously over the Internet. Now the company that won the government contract expects to spend more than twice that amount to abandon the project.
A roadmap of the Internet’s darkest alleys: Service providers include a “hitmen” firm named for the H.P. Lovecraft monster C’thulh: “Permanent solutions to common problems.” For everything from private grudges to political assassinations, these hired guns accept bitcoin as payment and provide photographic proof of the deed.
Human organs for sale: In the darker corners of the Dark Web, a vibrant and gruesome black market for live organs thrives. Kidneys may fetch $200,000, hearts $120,000, livers $150,000, and a pair of eyeballs $1,500.
Dark web explained
The dark web is a section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines such as Google and not easily navigated to using a standard web browser.
Accessing the dark web requires specialised knowledge and software tools. An example of this is content only accessible by using the Tor software and anonymity network, which while protecting privacy, can be associated with illicit activities.
There is a part of the web that is still hidden from the majority of the Internet users, a so-called dark web that cannot be found by conventional search engines or accessed by standard browsers.
It is the ideal environment for an online illegal goods black market that sells everything from drugs and weapons to hitmen and hacking attacks for hire….
The mysterious corner of the Internet known as the Dark Web is designed to defy all attempts to identify its inhabitants. But one group of researchers has attempted to shed new light on what those users are doing under the cover of anonymity.
Their findings indicate that an overwhelming majority of their traffic is driven by the Dark Web’s darkest activity: the sexual abuse of children….
Among the handful of black markets that have survived law enforcement’s recent crackdown on the Dark Web, the drug selling site RAMP is different: First, it’s written in the Russian language, and caters to only Russian clientele. Second, it’s the longest-surviving crypto market out there….
The increasing market for software vulnerabilities that can be sold legitimately is tempting hackers and crackers to go legit rather than suffer the vagaries of the black market.
“There’s an economic seesaw in the market. At a point it becomes more attractive to sell on the legitimate market verses selling….”
When most of us think of the Internet, we’re thinking of the sites and services we use on a daily basis, which are accessible by regular browsers and searchable with Google. But beneath this everyday web lies a whole other Internet where sites are hidden unless you know how to use them and what to look for.
The Tor network is one of the most well-known darknets, thanks to sites such as the notorious Silk Road black market, which was busted by the FBI with its founder’s….