Darknet: everything about everything

Darknet: everything about everything

1. Online anonymity and is it possible?

The idea of remaining anonymous on the internet today -

is on the minds of many people especially when your private life isn't an open secret anymore—people know who you are, how you live and where you live due to your social media posts.

Prove me wrong! Even if you don’t use social networks, your search browser history will reveal more about you than your mom would have known: what you did, where you went, and what you were into.

Therefore, there is one tricky question to ask:

Are you interested in a place on the web where you will be invisible and anonymous, where even the most skilled agents would find it very hard to track your transactions and the sites you visited?

I have two news for you, good and bad. Good news? Yes, such a place actually exists, and its name is the darknet. Bad ones??? I guess you already figured it out from the title of this blog.

2. What is a darknet and what it eats.

In simple words, the darknet is a part of the Internet that is only accessible using special browsers.

One of them is TOR, which uses the infamous .onion domain instead of the usual to us such as: .uk, .com, and so on.

The domain name is chosen for a reason, there is a multi-layered (like an onion) encryption of the information that ensures anonymity, making it impossible for somebody to track the visited resources from your IP Address.

3. Darknet Market

It's not hard to imagine that people took advantage of this opportunity to remain untraceable for their own personal benefit, resulting in the creation of a truly dark web - a online black market.

Now we're into the deepest zones of the Internet's Iceberg, where underground and, most crucially, illegal business thrives. Drugs, weapons, child pornography, and counterfeit money are all purchased.

There are also criminal services available here, such as bank database breaches, money laundering, hacking and data theft, and anything else up to contract killings.

4. Amazon of drug sites

Isn't it terrifying?

There is a supply of this sort of products and services because there is a demand for them. 

It's worth recalling the progenitor of today's darknet markets, the fabled Silk Road, to comprehend where it all began. 

A founder, Ross Ulbricht, launched the market on the darkweb out of a desire to have an open marketplace where people could buy and sell whatever they wanted without being regulated by the government.

5. How did bitcoin become the dominant money on the illegal markets?

The marketplace only accepted bitcoin as payment for general security, and all transactions were encrypted and hence untraceable, allowing customers to easily purchase restricted goods without fear of being identified.

In the three years of its existence, Silk Road racked up more than $200 million in total sales revenue,

with Ulbricht receiving a 10% cut of each sale so he has managed to earn about 144,000 bitcoins.

The creator of the darknet market was soon arrested and sentenced to two lifetimes in prison plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole.

(I guess we should not tell him that now he would become a multi-billionaire)

6. Last words

The prisoner's mom wrote the following letter to protect her son:

"My son, Ross Ulbricht, is a first-time offender serving a double life sentence without parole, plus 40 years, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges at trial. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial."

We might debate whether he was right or not, but here we see Ross's original goal: to create an anonymous market where everybody can find everything they desire (within reason, of course)

Moreover, if you're interested in bitcoin for more than just its market worth on the stock market, you're probably aware that it was designed as a convenient and, most importantly, private alternative to the money we're used to.

Does that mean anything to you?

Perhaps the darknet once was just an alternative to the regular Internet, where the user's privacy and anonymity were guaranteed.

 7. The anonymity we strive for...

To dispel the myth that the darknet is a dark and wicked part of the internet, it is completely legal to use it (even Facebook is on the TOR browser due to its censorship in some countries), but you will already be fully responsible for using his hidden services.

It's entirely up to you whether you use it or not.