It might sound scary, but the ‘dark web’ is not much different from the rest of the internet.
Begun as part of efforts to preserve online anonymity and privacy, Freenet, Tor and the Invisible Internet Project are, like the rest of the web, home to both crime and free expression.
Brett Johnson tears up when he mentions the FBI special agent who helped him quit online fraud.
Two days with former online fraudster, Brett Johnson, who once made it onto the infamous US Most Wanted list.
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Small quantities of drugs are getting past customs and then being used to create much bigger batches of illegal drugs like synthetic heroin.
Police operations online sometimes have shaky legal grounds.
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Without proper checks, police could have significantly expanded scope to search homes and computers around the world.
Australia must develop an effective national response to the sharing and creation of child exploitation material online.
The Behind the Screen: Online Child Exploitation in Australia report provides an alarming snapshot of a growing crime.
The darknet, like the open internet, is not immune from illegal activity. But many darknet users are there in search of 'hacker ethics' values such as privacy and free speech.
A geographical map depicting hotbeds of dark web activity related to illegal products. Larger circles indicate more activity.
The deep and dark web can be a scary place, but modern open-source technologies funded by the Defense Department can help explore it.
The dark web is often used for illegal activity and because of the way it's structured, it's hard to police.
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A podcast on darkness: from why it makes us scared, to what kind of nightlife can thrive in the modern city and an update on the hunt for dark matter.
From the depths of the dark web, the identities and location of pimps can be scrubbed.
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Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
It’s a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk.
As governments look to new ways to step up surveillance, hackers find new ways to subvert it. Is there a way to end this cat and mouse game, described as a crypto-war?
Are online black markets this direct?
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What happens after a data breach? What does an attacker do with the information collected? And who wants it, anyway?
Nitrous oxide. OK to use in food, but not to get high.
The Psychoactive Substances Act will have little effect unless it's backed up by a drugs education programme.
There’s a dark side to the internet.
There's a dark side of the internet, where almost anything goes, or can be bought for the right price.
The internet has made crime bigger in scope and easier in practice.
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In a stark contrast to the conventional drug trade, some users in online marketplaces offer full or partial refunds for drugs that are intercepted by customs.
In October 2013, US authorities shut down Silk Road, the world’s largest cryptomarket. At the time, prosecutors claimed that the closure of the so-called “eBay of illicit drugs” represented the beginning…
After 25 years, it’s getting a bit dusty in there.
Most people would agree with the principle that good foundations are essential to any structure that is intended to last. But what if when you started building, you didn’t envisage how large, complex or…
The dark web is under threat.
The worrying developments in UK internet freedom over the last year make predictions for 2014 gloomy to say the least. Censorship now affects us all, so we should be thinking about it. And it’s not politically…