a reply to: darkbake
I really don't mean to come off as a dick but I'm probably going to.
The darknet isn't anything particularly special and all of the oogey boogey YouTube videos I've ever seen on the subject are laughable at best. The
VAST majority of the darknet is information that just plain isn't hosted on the surface web. That's all. Databases, remote webcams, encrypted
information. That's all. Give it a go. Most of the users are just people that want privacy in their browsing. Some people use it to access sites that
aren't available in their countries. Mostly though, again, its people who want their privacy.
I'm going to go through this ridiculousness in order here:
-You are, by very definition, protected when accessing the darknet through TOR. That's the point of it. If you configure it properly and learn what
you're doing, no ones going to hack you and steal your personal information just by going to a different part of the internet. Well... Chances are
about the same as being hacked using the regular surface web. That's just plain untrue.
-Guns? Yep. They're available on there. At totally ridiculous prices and with NO guarantee you'll receive anything at all. You're more likely to go to
a crappy neighborhood and pick up anything you'll find on a DNM for less than half the price without the opportunity to be ripped off via irreversible
btc transaction. There was a semi famous one, I think it was just called The Armory. Can you guess how many customers received what they paid for? If
you guessed none, DING DING DING! YOU WIN! Not to mention that you can find illegal weapons all over the surface web. There's just a layer of privacy
with TOR that makes it a tiny bit harder to find you.
-Drugs? Oh hell yeah. There have been dozens of DNMs that have come and gone, either by way of law enforcement raids or just admins taking off with
all of the users escrow funds. Go ahead, look into it. Silk Road, BlueSky, Pandora, Sheep Market, all of the three bajillion subsequent Silk Road
wannabes... The list goes on and on. The Dutch police got ahold of Alphabay a few months ago. They sold a little of everything but rumor was it was
run by Russian carders so anything and everything from CC info to hacked PayPal accounts was their big draw I think. Again, plenty of drugs available
on the surface web. Hell, look at topix. Drugs galore. Whether they're real or not, I have no idea but the same can be said for DNM sellers.
-Hitmen and human trafficking? I'm sure its there. I'm also sure, again, the same things are available on the regular old internet, albeit with a
little less protection of who you are when ordering something than doing so from, say, Amazon. That being said, if you legitimately believe you've
found a hitman on a totally anonymous platform and actually attempt to hire them, you deserve to lose every penny you're undoubtedly going to lose
doing so. That's not to say I don't feel the same about hiring hitmen or human traffickers on the regular old internet but really. Naivety is more of
a killer on the darknet than any hitman you're going to find.
-Conspiracy sites? Yep. Ones that provide a hell of a lot more proof than sites like this because it can be a bit... Unsettling sometimes. Again, that
being said, there are a lot of things down there that you wouldn't believe if I told you. I'm actually in the process of digging up some articles down
there to add to a comment I made on a thread here yesterday regarding drones over French nuclear reactors. Go ahead. Download the browser bundle, set
security to medium or high and make sure you've got NoScript running and you'll find some pretty interesting things you'd never find on the surface
web. JFK, MLK, TSA 800... Every bit of proof of certain things that's been meticulously scrubbed from the internet is still down there.
-Gov't/Vatican? Well yes, I'm sure there's quite a bit of government related things down there. TOR was developed by the navy, after all. I'm sure
there's millions of things like that down there but good luck getting into any of it without a way to break their encryption. Vatican? Doubtful. Their
secrets are too large to risk even letting anything sit on a PC that's never been connected to the internet. But again, with that being said, there
are more than a few whistleblower sites down there so who knows what's freeballin around out there.
-Snuff films? I'm not going to post links but I can think of a half dozen EXTREMELY well known and popular websites you can go to right now that
feature almost nothing but snuff movies. Nope, not on the darknet. You could go there right now with whatever browser you're using. I mean yeah, that
crap is down there too. 99.999% is just a few google searches away up here, though.
-"Red Rooms?" I always hear about these from those ignorant of darknet workings. I think I heard of one real one maybe. Maybe. Same as hitmen. "Send
1.5 BTC to this address then an email to this address stating your transaction number and you'll be given a password" kind of crap. If this sounds
similar to the hitmen thing, that's because they are a scam, too. Are there real ones? I'm sure there are. But you're not going to just stumble on
them. From what I DO know of them, IF there are real ones out there, they're invite only. Again, more that plausible to expect some surface web live
streams of this crap too.
-That "user" that had a "friend" that had all of that happen to? That's an old-as-hell creepypasta. As I said before, the intent of TOR as a whole is
privacy. Unless you go into it totally clueless (as in can't be bothered to read a 5 minute tutorial before using) no one is going to find a damn
thing about you. Minor security knowledge is key here. Don't deviate from .onion sites (as in don't go from an onion site to a .com then another onion
site and expect that you're still masked) and use common sense. The boogey man doesn't live in the darknet. Just in YT videos about it.
-Law enforcement doesn't do much? Really? Look into freedom hosting. They provided hosting for TONS of child porn sites. Google it. See how many
people were arrested when LE got the info that led them to the servers. The go to deepdotweb and search how many dark net markets have been shut down
by law enforcement. Trust me. Its more than a couple. The reason they don't act on the rest of the things you mentioned? Mostly because they're 99%
urban legends perpetuated by people that have no clue what they're talking about on YouTube.
Go ahead. Grab the TOR browser bundle, read a summary of how to stay anonymous and use something like TORCH (TOR search), the Hidden Wiki or any
number of other sites that index darknet pages. Have a look around. You'll realize pretty quickly that far and away the most evil thing down there is
the never ending stream of scammers.
Here you go.
edit on 10/11/17 by Magnivea because: At least some of the
autocorrect mistakes are fixed...