Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You Don't Need Tor to Access the Darkest Corners of the Internet

You might think you know what the dark net is. It's all those sites that host drug markets, radical forums, child porn, and anything and everything else, and which can only be accessed by special software. Right?

That's a big part of it, but not the whole story. Just ask researcher and author Jamie Bartlett, whose new book, The Dark Net, delves into some of these questionable and under-explored spaces, and he'll tell you we should look wider—and closer to home—when we think about the dark net. Perhaps the darkest parts of the internet are just a few clicks away.

To many, the 'dark net' is a colloquial term for the sites beyond the reach of indexing search engines like Google. They are typically accessed through the Tor browser, which encrypts your internet traffic and recognises the .onion protocol, with the best known being the Silk Road marketplace.