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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.
The study paints an ugly portrait of that Internet underground: drug forums and contraband markets are the largest single category of sites hidden under Tor’s protection, but traffic to them is dwarfed by visits to child abuse sites.
The study also found that the vast majority of Tor hidden services persist online for only a matter of days or weeks. Less than one in six of the hidden services that was online when Owen’s study began remained online at the end of it. Since the study only attempted to classify sites by content at the end of its six month probe, Tor director Roger Dingledine points out that it could over-represent child abuse sites that remained online longer than other types of sites.
Before we did this study, it was certainly my view that the dark net is a good thing,” says Owen. “But it’s hampering the rights of children and creating a place where pedophiles can act with impunity.
originally posted by: AnIntellectualRedneck
I am calling b.s. on the whole thing. It's just an attempt to make people morally outraged enough to let authorities clamp down and take control of the Internet. That's it and that's all.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: eisegesis
That old chestnut eh? Nothing to do with the fact that TPTB also utilise the dark networks for there own nefarious purposes.
When I lived in a different country it was not that odd to see a 15 yr old girl dating an older man...perhaps even 30....some women stopped school at 15 and were looking for security...and found that in older men. It wasn't looked highly upon but no one really cared either.
originally posted by: St Udio
a reply to: eisegesis
...The study paints an ugly portrait of that Internet underground:
drug forums and contraband markets are the largest single category of sites hidden under Tor’s protection, but traffic to them is dwarfed by visits to child abuse sites....
this thread is an exercise in demonization for the purpose of controlling the social media/internet/Wi-Fi communications arena...
For those who don't know, the "dark" part of the internet consists of network hosts that cannot be reached by normal means.