Hire a Hitman: Exposing a Hidden Darknet Industry

Online assassins used to be strictly contained to the fiction aisles of your nearest book store. Then things changed.
 
‘Hire a Hitman’ takes a fascinating look at the origins and growth of one of the most terrifying corners of the darknet – assassinations for hire.. Except not all is at it seems!

topics Covered

Dark Net 101

What is the dark net? When was it invented? How do criminals use it and why?

Scammer vs Killer

Whilst travelling down the rabbit hole of online assasins, one will soon realise that not all is at it seems.

The Russian Case

The chilling story of the Russian policeman who was the first recorded case of online murder-for-hire in the entire world.

Law Enforcement

Analyzing the unique relationship that Law Enforcement has with these assasination websites. On one hand

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Deep Dive: What is the Dark Net?

While we may already perceive the internet as a vast, intriguing and virtually endless source of information, it might be difficult to believe that you’ll unlikely actually barely ever scratch the surface of what lies beneath.

We’re talking about the Dark Net.

Commonly referred to as the Deep Web, Dark Web and a range of other slang terminology, this is one place within the world wide web you’ll most certainly never want to visit.

Here are a few reasons to steer clear of the Dark Net, the sort of content you’ll find and how this stuff is even accessible. Let’s take a look!

What is the Dark Net?

While we may already perceive the internet as a vast, intriguing and virtually endless source of information, it might be difficult to believe that you’ll unlikely actually barely ever scratch the surface of what lies beneath.

We’re talking about the Dark Net.

Commonly referred to as the Deep Web, Dark Web and a range of other slang terminology, this is one place within the world wide web you’ll most certainly never want to visit.

Here are a few reasons to steer clear of the Dark Net, the sort of content you’ll find and how this stuff is even accessible. Let’s take a look!

The Dark Net – In simple terms

The Dark Net is a portion of the internet unindexed by search engines meaning it takes a special method of accessing, utilising and communicating within it that’s incredibly complicated to navigate.

It’s a virtual marketplace for criminals to operate hidden deep within the internet where almost anything and everything imaginable can be purchased and viewed untraceably.

What’s on the Dark Net?

Considering what the Dark Net is all about, why it exists and its evil associations, what you could stumble across is obviously going to reflect its disturbing nature.

Here’s a list of just some of the types of content and services available on the Dark Net:

• Hitmen for hire
• Illicit drugs and paraphernalia
• Illegal sexual content and pornography
• Firearms for purchase
• Fake passports and other credentials for sale
• Stolen credit card and bank account information
• Account/Password-breaking software
• Instruction Manuals – How to make bombs, terrorism plots etc.
• Other illegal content – Violence, torture and death

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. The beginning of a deep channel that gets darker the further you delve not to mention more difficult to negotiate your way out of.

How to access the Dark Net

The Dark Net operates based on anonymity meaning a unique, specialised web browser called Tor Browser is required to access it.

This is usually referred to as an ‘onion’ browser meaning each page visited is isolated to prevent third parties from tracking your movements through the Dark Net.

While using Tor browser is not technically illegal, it’s primarily known for being the gateway to accessing illegal content, services or partaking in other mischievous interaction.

The Hidden Wiki

The Hidden Wiki is essentially a list of dark net services compiled into one handy place for those seeking mostly illegal services or other deviant interactions with criminals.

This is also only accessible via Tor browser and is simply a directory of onion sites leading you down some rather sketchy pathways through the dark web.

How secure is Tor?

The safety and security of using Tor browser is really anybody’s guess. The complexity of the Dark Net, how it works and the types of individuals frequenting it extends far beyond what any Average Joe can possibly comprehend.

While cyber experts will argue indefinitely over the security of onion browsers, there are always criminal tech masterminds devising methods to obliterate privacy and accessibility measures online.

Why you should never access the Dark Net

Despite the appeal for some of accessing and playing around in such an exclusively dark place of the internet, this isn’t a leisurely activity I’d imagine anyone would recommend.

Here are some good reasons to stay off the Dark Net:

• The users – There’s no way to tell who you’re interacting with
• The anonymity – Movements, purchases, locations or other personal details can’t be tracked
• High-risk virtual environment – Hackers and criminals can potentially locate you or access personal and financial records linked to your computer/devices.
• Identity theft
• It’s rampant with stalkers, sexual predators and violent criminals

As you can see, there’s limited positive purpose to check out the Dark Net (if any), meaning attempting to access it would be imposing incredible risk on yourself with likely many regrets to follow.

By now you should be convinced that the internet isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but rather a tool for potential criminals to operate undetected in a lot of circumstances.

Although it’s useful to be aware and informed about the dangers and purposes of the Dark Net, it should be clear that it’s not a place you’d endeavour a journey to.

It’s important to remember how to remain safe while surfing the web and never try to engage with the sinister activity and people lurking beneath.