Beneath the surface of the information superhighway lies a hidden universe. Thousands of websites concealed from search engines can be lifesavers for human rights activists and journalists. But same technology frequently shelters cyber criminals, drug dealers and terrorists. Find out about the good, the bad and the ugly sides of online anonymity in our special series - "Dark Web: In the Shadows of the Internet."
Inspired by the movie The Matrix, at the beginning of the millennium people were wondering whether network technologies would pose new threats. It wasn’t long until such a danger presented itself.
Imagine a marketplace where buyers and sellers trade goods without any government regulation, with no actual money and with 100% anonymity. For two years this was the reality for users of the Silk Road, a website operating in the so-called Dark Web – the hidden part of the internet. All thanks to a man who called himself Dread Pirate Roberts.
The Internet has become one of the most popular venues for Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) and other terrorist groups to spread their propaganda. However, even though ISPs have been learning how to block dangerous content, terrorists are looking for other tactics – using hidden web services and apparently even talking to each other in Playstation chat rooms.
If you want to keep your life on the Internet away from prying eyes, a quick web search will probably lead you to The Onion Router, commonly known as Tor.