Oct 03, 2013

What is the deep web and how do people access it?

I’ve been reading about the guy from Silk Road with the catchy nom de plume of Dread Pirate Roberts who got busted for soliciting a hit man on the deep web. Which raises the question for me, what exactly is the deep web? I understand that it is a portion of the internet that is not readily accessible to most users, but that's about it. So how do you access it? Disclaimer: not seeking hitman, just curious.


The Baltimore Sun, of all places has a nice little summary. Basically, it is an encrypted network (The Onion Network or TOR) where all sorts of seedy things can be found. Lots of illegal stuff too, and plenty of people that are serious criminals. Not particularly easy to navigate compared to the online experience most people are used to. If you really want to poke around, you can download the TOR browser bundle and see for yourself. If you do, I encourage you to read all the cautions and suggestions, and follow them closely. It’s not all bad, but make no mistake, you are going on the wrong side of the internet tracks.

What is the Deep Web?

"The Deep Web (or Invisible web) is the set of information resources on the World Wide Web not reported by normal search engines.

According several researches the principal search engines index only a small portion of the overall web content, the remaining part is unknown to the majority of web users.

What do you think if you were told that under our feet, there is a world larger than ours and much more crowded? We will literally be shocked, and this is the reaction of those individual who can understand the existence of the Deep Web, a network of interconnected systems, are not indexed, having a size hundreds of times higher than the current web, around 500 times.

Very exhaustive is the definition provided by the founder of BrightPlanet, Mike Bergman, that compared searching on the Internet today to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean: a great deal may be caught in the net, but there is a wealth of information that is deep and therefore missed."

From Wikipedia:


"The Deep Web is World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines. It should not be confused with the dark Internet, the computers that can no longer be reached via Internet, or with a Darknet distributed filesharing network, which could be classified as a smaller part of the Deep Web."


As far as accessing the Deep Web:


"In 2005, Yahoo! made a small part of the deep Web searchable by releasing Yahoo! Subscriptions. This search engine searches through a few subscription-only Web sites. ... DeepPeep, Intute, Deep Web Technologies, and Scirus are a few search engines that have accessed the deep web."

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