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Hands-On Dark Web Analysis

By : Sion Retzkin
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Hands-On Dark Web Analysis

By: Sion Retzkin

Overview of this book

The overall world wide web is divided into three main areas - the Surface Web, the Deep Web, and the Dark Web. The Deep Web and Dark Web are the two areas which are not accessible through standard search engines or browsers. It becomes extremely important for security professionals to have control over these areas to analyze the security of your organization. This book will initially introduce you to the concept of the Deep Web and the Dark Web and their significance in the security sector. Then we will deep dive into installing operating systems and Tor Browser for privacy, security and anonymity while accessing them. During the course of the book, we will also share some best practices which will be useful in using the tools for best effect. By the end of this book, you will have hands-on experience working with the Deep Web and the Dark Web for security analysis
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About Packt

Chapter 2: Working with the Deep Web

  1. The privacy and anonymity are defined as follows:
    • Privacy can be defined as a state in which a person (or a corporate entity) can hide information about themselves from others. This can be done for various reasons, which ultimately don’t matter. The idea is that it’s possible, or at least should be. This is becoming enforced by laws, such as GDPR, or any number of privacy acts and laws
    • Anonymity, can be described as hiding a persons true identity from others without hiding or censoring their activities.
  2. The three main cryptocurrency transaction methods are as follows:
    • Finalize Early: Is a payment method, in which a vendor requires receipt of payment before dispatching the purchased goods. The risk is on the buyer's end, but it also expedites the transaction due to little or no risk on the vendor's side (this method is the least secure for the buyer)
    • Escrow: Is a payment method in which a Dark Web market will generate a bitcoin address to which the buyer transfers the payment. The market holds the buyer's money and pay's the vendor only after the buyer marks the order as complete. (Moderately Secure)
    • Multiple Signature Escrow: Also called multisig, this payment method generates multiple keys for the bitcoin transaction and payment release process. The multisig can be either 2 out of 2 or 2 out of 3, where 2 of 3 provides the most security for three keys - the market's key, the vendor's key and the buyer's key. The keys are: 
      • 2-of-2 Multisig: Market public key, vendor public key
      • 2-of-3 Multisig: Market public key, vendor public key + customer public key
  1.  The Dark Web search websites are as follows:
      • Ahmia
      • Torch
      • DuckDuckGo
  1. Almost everything you might do on the Surface Web (including Browsing, Email, Blogging, Forums, Financial Transacting)