8 things you didn't know about the Deep Web

8 things you didn't know about the Deep Web
Trend Micro compared the Deep Web to a subterranean mining operation. Anything above ground is part of the “searchable Internet” while anything below is part of the Deep Web. Photo: Trend Micro
PHOTO: Trend Micro

SINGAPORE - The Deep Web - the part of the Internet that isn't or can't be indexed by search engines like Google - is home to many of the Internet's illicit activities.

In a paper released last month, Trend Micro detailed the anatomy of the Deep Web and exposed some of the criminal activities that take place there.

The folks at Text100 Singapore listed eight things about the Deep Web that we probably didn't know:

1. Cannabis, Cannabis everywhere: Light drugs were the most-exchanged goods, with Cannabis topping the ranking at 27.28 per cent on the buyer breakdown as of 3 June 2015. This was followed by pharmaceutical products like Ritalin and Xanax, hard drugs, and even pirated games and online accounts.

2. It's a bad world for children: Out of the 8,707 suspicious pages that were identified in the Deep Web which included those that host phishing kits, malware or drive-by downloads, or those that run shady marketplaces (used to trade hacking tools, etc.), child exploitation ranked 3rd at 26.07 per cent. Proxy avoidance (31.69 per cent) (URLs that provide VPN access or ways to avoid corporate firewalls) came in 2nd and disease vectors took first place at 33.74 per cent.

3. Let's clean that Bitcoin: Bitcoin is frequently used when purchasing illegal goods and services, and to ensure it maintains its anonymity, Bitcoin-laundering services have surfaced to help increase the anonymity of moving money throughout the Bitcoin system. By "mixing" Bitcoins through a spidery network of microtransactions, users end up with the same amount of money but a harder-to-track transaction trail.

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