One study found 80% of darknet traffic on Tor went to sites hosting unmoderated porn and child sex abuse material.
A thriving black market for stolen personal data makes millions of people vulnerable to spies, spammers, scammers and hackers.
Deplatformed groups can all too easily flock to alternative platforms to coordinate.
Sophisticated fake social media personas created by North Korean hackers offered to collaborate with cybersecurity researchers. Several US researchers fell for it.
The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.
These online spaces are more regulated than many media reports would have you believe. And the vast majority of dark web traders are steering clear of exploiting the pandemic.
The US, Russia and China haven’t backed the NZ-led Christchurch Call to crackdown on online extremism. Without them, and key non-western media, the initiative is unlikely to make enough difference.
The illicit drug trade is thriving on the dark web because it’s seen as safer and more profitable than street dealing, according to encrypted interviews with people who sell drugs online.
Language analysis may help police catch offenders.
Iran has long recognised the benefits of using cryptocurrencies to counter US sanctions.
Globally, Muslims have been by far the most victimised group by terrorism in the post-9/11 era.
Buyers think you can tell the purity of a substance by looking at on an app – evidence shows they’re mistaken.
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.
Two days with former online fraudster, Brett Johnson, who once made it onto the infamous US Most Wanted list.
Small quantities of drugs are getting past customs and then being used to create much bigger batches of illegal drugs like synthetic heroin.
Without proper checks, police could have significantly expanded scope to search homes and computers around the world.
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.
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.