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What in The World are the Darknet and Darkweb?

A dark net or dark market is an encrypted network or marketplace that you can only access with special software, permissions, or other methods. These sites are not indexed by a search engine. While criminals, rogue nations, and terrorists access these sites to buy illicit materials, weapons, and hacking tools, not all users are malicious. Government orgs and militaries, companies, and others who need privacy also use these types of sites and tools.

Apps like the Tor browser (at *.onion links), Retroshare, and Freenet all allow access to dark markets. Dark markets like Alphabay, Outlaw Market, and Dream Market can be viewed with Tor. These markets often host malware and exploit tools, credit card information, stolen identities, and services that host malware for your use–think botnets or ransomware with command and control services. You don’t need to have any special knowledge to use these tools (anyone can be a script kiddie):

“A botnet is a number of Internet-connected devices, each of which is running one or more bots. Botnets can be used to perform Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, steal data, send spam, and allow the attacker to access the device and its connection. The owner can control the botnet using command and control (C&C) software.” (Wikipedia)

These tools let you access other computer services, then the user can install malware like a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) so he can control your computer(s). Some malware may avoid detection; there may also be no patches yet as they are zero-day vulnerabilities.

To better avoid these exploit tools, you should not only have all your systems patched, but have other defense in depth controls for your security.

Jonathan Berry
Jonathan Berry
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