Dark Web No Longer a Safe Haven for Crooks
insidebigdata | May 08, 2018
The Dark Web, the underground version of the Internet that has long since become the haven of cyber-criminals, credit card scammers, drug dealers, and even pedophiles, may yet hold valuable information critical to unmasking the identity of perpetrators of these crimes. And while the dark web is ostensibly anonymous, given the right information there are strategies law enforcement can employ to piece together the identities of criminals hiding in the dark web– mainly by tracking and analyzing their activities using big data technology. The dark web, of course, is the part of the Internet that does not connect to standard DNS servers, and thus cannot be reached via standard web browsers; instead, users connect to it via the Tor router. As a result, these sites are not traceable using the normal tools used to track “surface” web sites (DNS traces, IP address look-ups, etc.) – making them attractive to bad actors who, for obvious reasons, want to hide their identity. While many people are using the dark web for totally legitimate reasons, it also hosts numerous sites proffering drugs, guns, “extreme” pornography (pedophilia, bestiality, etc.), and, of course, data on victims of credit card fraud and identity theft. This is where you go to buy real credit card numbers, or even fake social security numbers – which, as authorities have recently discovered, can be used to pull off online thefts.