The Shadow Internet.

Artem Vorobev

THE DARK SIDE OF THE INTERNET

As by August in just two weeks the total amount of “Tor” browser’s regular users reached 600 000 people and is constantly rising.

Because of government’s lurking internet users are forced to use anonymous communications. “Tor” protects user by bouncing communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, ad it lets you access sites wich are blocked.

Tor” uses so-called “onion” routing: it is implemented by encryption in the application layer of a communication protocol stack, nested like the layers of an onion, used to anonymize communication. Tor encrypts the original data, including the destination IP address, multiple times and sends it through a virtual circuit comprising successive, randomly selected Tor relays. All in all, it’s almost impossible to find original source of inquiry.

Tor - the most well known browser to operate in shadow internet
Tor – the most well known browser to operate in shadow internet

 

 

Actually, “Tor” was made by Pentagon, the same people, who invented the Internet – DARPA group. Originally “Tor” had to be some kind of a spy net. But in 2002 the source code was made public by Pentagon itself.  Nowadays everyone who wants to anonymize his session may use “Tor”.

Tor” has it’s own guide – Hidden Wiki, which contains names and addresses to all sites. Also it has it’s Google, named The Silk Road. It operates some kind like Ebay and annual income of 40 000 000$. Impressive, isn’t it? No government is able to trace all of it’s funds because the currency “Tor” uses is bitcoins.

Of couse, almost half of the Silk Road is all about illegal substances, contraband, forged documents and so on. Police is only capable of observing, not interfering.

It’s too good to be the truth.

 

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Artem Vorobev