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Friday, 18 February 2011

The Secret Internet Uncovered

The Deep Web

Hi everyone, it has been a while. I want to share with you something that a friend recently told me about, and I GUARANTEE that the vast majority of you have never heard about it just like I hadn’t, and it will blow your frickin mind!


Deep Web Wiki

The Deep Web (also called Deepnet, the invisible Web, DarkNet, Undernet or the hidden Web) refers to World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines.

In 2000, it was estimated that the deep Web contained approximately 7,500 terabytes of data and 550 billion individual documents.[2] Estimates based on extrapolations from a study done at University of California, Berkeley speculate that the deep Web consists of about 91,000 terabytes. By contrast, the surface Web (which is easily reached by search engines) is about 167 terabytes[dubious – discuss]; the Library of Congress, in 1997, was estimated to have 3,000 terabytes.

At this stage I was really intrigued, and started doing some more searching.


Tor Project Wiki

Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers. Tor's hidden services let users publish web sites and other services without needing to reveal the location of the site. Individuals also use Tor for socially sensitive communication: chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors, or people with illnesses.

Journalists use Tor to communicate more safely with whistleblowers and dissidents. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use Tor to allow their workers to connect to their home website while they're in a foreign country, without notifying everybody nearby that they're working with that organization.

All the buzz about Wikileaks over the last year, and not once did I hear this mentioned, but it is obviously very well known about as there are huge communities out there and also companies who are working on indexing it all.


.Onion Wiki

.onion is a pseudo-top-level domain host suffix (similar in concept to such endings as .bitnet and .uucp used in earlier times) designating an anonymous hidden service reachable via the Tor network. Such addresses are not actual DNS names, and the .onion TLD is not in the Internet DNS root, but with the appropriate proxy software installed, Internet programs such as Web browsers can access sites with .onion addresses by sending the request through the network of Tor servers. The purpose of using such a system is to make both the information provider and the person accessing the information more difficult to trace, whether by one another, by an intermediate network host, or by an outsider.

Addresses in the .onion pseudo-TLD are opaque, non-mnemonic, 16-character alpha-semi-numeric hashes which are automatically generated based on a public key when a hidden service is configured. These 16-character hashes can be made up of any letter of the alphabet, and decimal digits beginning with 2 and ending with 7, thus representing an 80-bit number in base32.

The "onion" name refers to onion routing, the technique used by Tor to achieve a degree of anonymity.

A few examples of .onion hosts are:
• Tor: anonymity online, gateway to
• House of Anonymous, an anonymous manifesto
• THE LOVEZONE - CHAT - SAFETY-101, identity safety guidelines
• Tor network search - Torgle v3, a search engine and service index
• Freedom Hosting, free hidden web hosting with PHP and MySQL
• The Tor Library, small library of books in PDF and other common formats
• talk.masked, an anon-post board

This has really got me thinking and contemplating how to move forward with this. Can you imagine the wealth of information out there and the possibilities? It is like a new frontier.

Companies like Google are now trying to index this material, why? To provide everyone with access to all information just as it should be or to make sure that people can’t store away hidden information In the first place?


If you are one to jump right in, take heed of the following:

Want Tor to really work?
...then please don't just install it and go on. You need to change some of your habits, and reconfigure your software! Tor by itself is NOT all you need to maintain your anonymity. There are several major pitfalls to watch out for:


Also think about the mentality of people who are already settled in on the ‘Deep Web’. They are more than likely advanced computer users and the risk that is showing itself to me at the minute is the risk of hacking etc.

See you on the other side!


Forbidden Knowledge

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