Tor and the Dark Web

The web is dark and full of terrors

 

CryptoParty TLV

January 2018

Who We Are

Disclaimer

  • We ARE NOT here to advocate for criminal activities
  • DO NOT ask us to help you with such requests
  • Please respect these boundries and do not make us ask you to leave

What the Dark Web IS

Just kidding...

What the Dark Web IS

  • A loose term use to describe "hidden" parts of the Internet
  • An overlay network on top of the clearweb
  • Provides a layer of anonymity
  • Several implementations:
    • Tor
    • I2P

Popular Myths

  • There are no "levels"
  • It’s not "for porn, drugs, and assassinations"
  • There are no "secret leaks" buried in the dark web waiting to be exposed
  • It’s not "romantic" as the mainstream media pictures it
  • There are no "red rooms"

Dark Web Users

  • People who cherish privacy
  • Digital rights activists
  • Free speech activists
  • Dissidents
  • Criminals
  • Whistleblowers

Anonymous Submission

How Tor Works

Tor vs. VPN

  • VPN is not an anonymity tool
    • Change one service provider (ISP) for another (VPN)
    • Logging and data retention
  • Tor is
    • Free (as in freedom) software
    • An active community

How messages are encrypted in TOR

.il Tor Users

.ps Tor Users

.ir Tor Users

Accessing the Dark Web

  • Tor Browser
  • SOCKS proxy
  • Torify (CLI)
  • I2P

Onion (Hidden) Services

Onion Service Setup

  • Run existing service - e.g. web server on port 8080
  • /etc/tor/torrc
    • HiddenServicePort 80 127.0.0.1:8080
    • HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden_service/
      
      

Onionshare

Markets

  • Libertas
  • Tochka (Russian)
  • Zion
  • Lots of exit scams
  • Past markets
    • Silk Road
    • AlphaBay
    • Hansa

Warnings

  • Never visit illegal content (child abuse, etc.)
  • Never download files from unknown sources
  • Never provide any identifying information
  • Always assume you are being scammed

Next Steps

  • Explore the dark web
  • Deploy onion services
  • Use TAILS as a compartmentalized OS

Questions?

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