Washington, DC (TFC) – Imagine a forbidden world, a clandestine realm right behind the mundane goings-on of your computer. A virtual kingdom filled with goods, services and information you would only find in a Bourne movie. A pirate’s paradise, a hacker’s playground, where there are no rules nor limitations to your outlaw imagination, the wild west of the digital world, the darknet. This hidden dominion is the place to be if you want your mind blown, and is only accessible by utilizing the TOR network. TOR was developed as free software for anyone to use as a way to browse the internet anonymously. TOR is an open source network that stands for The Onion Router. TOR allows a user to mask their location and personal information, in order to browse the clearnet i.e. dot com sites, and the darknet, which is comprised of dot onion sites.
The darknet is not unlike the clearnet, in that it has a Wikipedia page, a popular search engine and even its own form of Facebook. However, the information and services you will find is a world away from what you would find on the clearnet. For instance, the darknet’s form of Facebook is uncensored and full of some very interesting characters. You won’t see any posts showing your friends favorite ice cream toppings. You will however see things like, hackers posting sensitive information such as, phone numbers, addresses and social security numbers connected to key members of the Republican Party, just for fun. Their “hidden wiki” site is an unreal plethora of goods and services such as, but not limited to, inexpensive unlocked smart phones and other modestly priced electronic goodies, state of the art counterfeit currency, credit cards, and identification documents, .e.g. passports, licenses, birth certificates. Of course you’ll find nearly every kind of prescription and street drug under the sun, an array of weapons, and not just the kind of everyday firearms you’d find at your local Wal-Mart, no, the darknet offers the finest in military grade weapons, such as high end pistols fitted with silencers and fully automatic assault rifles . It doesn’t stop there, there are services where you can hire a contract killer, and these services include murder, rape, disfigurement or paralyzation, a beat down, and yes even a bombing. What’s more dangerous than that on some levels is the “rent a hacker” service, where a professional hacker can destroy your target any way you prefer, they can do everything from destroying their social networks and discrediting them, to destroying them financially or even getting them arrested for heinous acts, such as child pornography. Speaking of child pornography, well, you can find that too if you’re a twisted pervert and you look hard enough. Of course there is also a large selection of legal pornography, fetish videos, beastiality and even snuff videos.
Be warned if you plan on visiting this twisted realm, browsing the darknet is perfectly legal, though if you dare order anything, you’ll be stepping into some serious crimes. There are, of course, ways to completely hide your identity, and your darknet surfing preferences, but, no matter how well you mask yourself, anybody monitoring your network will know you’re using a TOR browser. Also, if you’re one of the freaks looking for kiddie porn, you will deservedly be destroyed by a community of hackers. There are worse things in life than death, and they can do all of them.
Like the black market of the streets, the darknet is little different. It has the services you may want like a little ganja or a cheap cell phone, but of course it has its criminal element that’ll make your skin crawl, like rapists and sex slave merchants. Unlike the street’s black market, the darknet contains a vast collection of information such as manuals, banned books and texts, a virtually endless encyclopedia of knowledge, which is arguably one of the more valuable aspects found there.
The bottom line is that these days privacy has become a privilege, not a right. Your personal information is bounced around the globe like a ping pong ball at a frat party. So-called respected online vendors jack up their prices based on your digital identity. The TOR network offers anonymity and protection while browsing. So, whether you’re shopping Amazon for a book on gardening, or importing a pound of hash, TOR network has what you’re looking for, you’ll most likely save some money, and a whole lot of your digital ID. The more of us using TOR the better, for every one person becoming invisible in cyberspace, is one grand victory on the virtual battlefield.