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Exploring the Dark and Deep Web

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Ryan Miller

The Front Page of the Deep Web

The self-proclaimed front page of the deep web is The Uncensored Hidden Wiki, and when they say uncensored, they mean it. I will be covering a lot of what this hidden wiki offers, but some of it is too sensitive to include because I have no desire for you or me to feel disgusted.

If you don’t know the difference between the deep web and the dark web you can learn about the difference here.

This hidden wiki is in no way an exhaustive indexing of the dark and deep web because it only covers [.]onion addresses. There are many more websites that can be found just through knowing someone that has the address to the site via forums or locally (colleague, etc.).

Each time you visit this hidden wiki you are greeted with a different Featured Article. I suppose this could be handy in case you ever want to dox someone by finding personal details and releasing them publicly.

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On the right side of the front page, there is a Getting Started section where the topics quickly go…..criminal. Notice how the purpose of the page is to help you stay secure while destroying yourself and other people.

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The image below is the new pages section. I guess it’s a good idea to keep up with what the Chechen mob is doing. This hidden wiki stays true to the nature of wiki in that any registered user can add a page for any subject and edit any page.

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This image is the top-level topics section that includes innocuous subjects such as web hosting, blogs, and political sites to the downright disgusting. Clicking on a link brings you to another page that lists all of the [.]onion sites that the contributors have found.

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After selecting hacking you are taken to a page with a long list of websites that mostly consist of forums that sell credit card numbers, social security numbers, bank account details (account and routing numbers), ransomware as a service, exploits, denial of service services, and any type of fraud you can imagine. Next to the site name and description is an indicator if the site is up and the last time it was detected up, or if the site is down and when it went down.

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Downloading the Tor browser and installing it is easy enough, but when it comes to using a VPN people can get confused quickly. A VPN makes your data unreadable to humans and computers can decrypt it by using a special key that is available to only select servers. Additionally, a VPN makes it look like you are in another country or on the other side of the country instead of your city.

A high-quality VPN company, such as Tunnelbear, will not keep records of the IP address you connected from nor the sites you visited while connected.

I go one step further and use the Tor browser and VPN inside of a virtual machine, which in essence, is an operating system that runs inside the operating system you start your computer up with and use day to day. A virtual machine isn’t necessary but is an added layer of security.

Why am I telling you this?

A middle school child and older that is determined and curious can figure out where to get the software I mentioned and how to use it.

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