What the Tech: The Dark Web


When most people fire up their computer to go online they usually check Facebook, national news, baseball highlights or they listen to music, but when some people fire up their computer they're shopping for drugs, stolen credit cards, guns and even human beings.

Police in Italy have arrested one person for the kidnapping of a 20-year-old British model who said she was grabbed at the airport, drugged then put in a suitcase before being held captive.

Police said her kidnappers were part of a crime ring involved in human trafficking.

Investigators discovered the "Black Death Group" had put humans for sale on the dark web, the underworld below the internet most use.

"Anything you can think of is out there," computer expert David Gray said. "Anything from sex, drugs, and hit-men."

Gray isn't a frequent visitor to the dark web but is familiar with it from what he finds on computers that are brought to his shop for repairs. He has seen videos and files found on computers with a browser that access the Deep and Dark Webs.

"There are things out there that you can run into that your eyes just cannot un-see," Gray said. "It's almost like a marketplace, you can search and see things that are out there."

When I browsed the dark web I found advertisements for videos of child porn, child rape, be-headings along with advertisements for drugs, guns and stolen identities. Some for a few hundred dollars. Also, help-wanted advertisements for hit-men promising they would not take your money "until the job is done".

Gray described it as "a scary scary world." 

What's even scarier is that it's virtually impossible for anyone to get caught. The dark and deep webs are encrypted to protect the identities and IP addresses of people using them.

Transactions are through bitcoin, the internet currency that is also virtually untraceable. 

The dark web can't be accesed through Google or Firefox, You can only get there through a browser called "TOR" and the websites aren't ".com" or ".org", they're ".onion."

While law enforcement agencies monitor what's going on on the dark web, they're almost helpless to stop what they see.


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