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What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is an internet technology network that can only be accessed via specific software, setups, or custom communication protocols. The internet is divided into three layers: the surface web, the deep web, and the dark web. The surface web is what we all use, and it’s where everything is available with standard browsers.

When did the dark web emerge?

The dark web initially appeared in 2009, but its origins can be traced back to the 1960s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), which was used by the US intelligence community (IC) and military during the Cold War. 

When viewed as a whole, the internet resembles an iceberg. Consider the open web to be the top layer, accessible using typical web search engines. The deep web lies beneath the iceberg’s surface and contains databases and intranets belonging to both private individuals and public entities.

Because the user’s identity cannot be monitored on the darkweb, it was coined to identify network isolation for academic and government projects. It is relatively tough for law enforcement to crack down on.

How is the Dark Web different from the surface web?

Regulations and content policies do not apply to information on the dark web. Furthermore, because they are hidden and not indexed, web pages delivering information on the darkweb do not display on search engine result pages, or SERPs, such as those of Google and Bing. As a result, the darkweb contains information that is not easily accessible to the general public.

Furthermore, browsers label the web pages putting up information on the darkweb as risky, and they do not open in standard browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Safari.

Who uses the Dark Web?

The Dark Web is home to a vast range of information, but it has a poor reputation because to the widespread presence of unlawful content, such as illicit pornography, the selling of black market narcotics, the sale of illegal firearms, and illegally obtained user datasets. 

Because of the abundance of unlawful content, the darkweb has become a haven for criminal activity. Investigative journalists can utilize the dark to acquire information from sources without exposing their identities, and whistleblowers can use it to expose corruption in corporations and governments.

Onsist helps you fight Dark Web

Cyber security has become a must for organizations and businesses. Onsist gives you the ability to not only safely access the darkweb, but to also monitor Telegram for leaked documents, financial data and passwords.

Credential and data leaks

Use Onsist’s darkweb search engines to monitor for breached data and credentials regarding your organization. New breaches are constantly being added to the database.

Financial fraud monitoring

Use our services to track credit card numbers. Find out where and when these numbers are being offered and sold on the darkweb.

Executive protection

Use darkweb data to monitor for malicious activities regarding a VIP or executive. Get notified when threats pop up, so your cybersecurity team can act accordingly.

Dark web marketplaces

Monitor darkweb marketplaces for illicit products, illegal drugs and the offering of leaked documents and data.

Contact us today to find out more about how this service can protect you or if you are interested in learning more about cybercrime on Telegram.

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