Just watched a documentary where pedophiles freely give each other advice on how to drug and abuse children.
We all know this is happening but to actually see their posts only a few months old is so disturbing.
See two minutes and 15 minutes in link below.
Why are people buying drugs online anyhow.
It's hitting the local dealers big time, who have families of their own to feed.
Stay local people.
Silk Road is dead now anyway, and I have zero doubts anything else on Tor or the like has been closely watched by spy agencies for a long time (NSA were involved in making the protocol). Nothing hugely shocking.
I thought OP had a big garden and found a Big Web ...
But secretly Duck
I'd imagine their main market is to people who live in areas where illegal drugs are sparsely available. For example, maybe it has changed now with grow houses and so on but I have met Swedes who told me it is nigh on impossible to get a steady supply of cannabis (never mind harder drugs) in remote northern regions.
The child porn side and all is serious but I did have to laugh at a Daily Mail article about hitmen offering their services for five figure sums (half on contact, half on completion) and giving a price list according to the importance of the target (maybe 10,000 to shoot Joe Public, 40,000 for a local councillor, 100,000 for a member of parliament, and so on).
I researched how to access it, after two minutes I started getting brain failure.
Read an article about this the other day. There's no google or anything with these .onion sites, everything is through lists and boards and the like. Apparently it's crawling with child porn, shocking stuff
A lot of boring articles and sites take up the deepweb, but there are a few very illegal sites operating.
Hidden wiki contains some really horrible reading about groups and sites hanging around the deepweb.
Ya but there hardly the most reliable of people.
Nah, its still alive and well, its the same as with piracy, topple one site and you can count on 2 more popping up in its place. But yeah, I dunno how people using tor can see themselves as being completely anonymous. I'd be fairly sure some of the leaked NSA spying techniques can be applied to the silk road to keep track of a person.
I read recently of another type of deep web setting up, it currently has about 500 members and is growing but you need to be invited to it and the really illegal stuff is forbidden,
I always sort of chuckle when my IT friends tell me about their super advanced encryption or proxy or Tor that will anonymity their activity online. I mean it's a hugely complex, back and forth battle between PhD researches finding new encryption schemes and others finding new problems with existing schemes and new hardware that could brute force older security. Blah, blah, blah.
And all I'm thinking is - 'Sure - or you could just walk into a restaurant with free wifi and there ya go.'
A restaurant that you may pay by CC or probably cash. Be sure and wear a hat, all public spaces have CCTV.
If they need to find you, they will.
Yeah, I was reading this tread last night and I was surprised at how easy it was to find child pornography by just simply finding the link to the Hidden Wiki on Google. I decided against clicking on the links because I don't want that shít stored on my machine.
I think you are giving 'them' wayyyy to much credit.
A replacement for Silk Road was up in less than a day. And Silk Road wasn't compromised by technology but by social engineering, the Feds found Ulbricht using good old detective work, via silly clues he left on the internet. Then they turned him the same way they always have. Even the Tor exploit was caused by incorrect usage.
There's nothing new in any of this, the whole thing comes down to human depravity, greed and stupidity. People are to blame, not tech.
Most people aren't really wanted.