Researchers have found a way to map the dark web and according to their study, it ain’t actually the web. Most of the worldwide web is invisible and only a portion of the surface web is indexable by search engines and the remaining deep web contains the major portion of the web and the size of the deep web is unaccountable.
Dark Web isn’t different from the deep web. It is a minor portion of the deep web which requires the special tool like Tor and VPN for anonymity to be accessed that contains everything from drugs selling black markets to counterfeit IDs, Currencies to Whistleblowing forums.
How did they identify and constructed this comprehensive map of the dark web? It is by starting from central hubs in one of the ‘.Onion’ Domain by crawling from one link to another they were able to identify 7178 sites with overall links of 25,104.
The Key Finding of research is that 87% of the sites are quite disconnected and doesn’t link to any other sites. Carlo Ratti wrote,”Instead, it is more accurate to view the dark web as a set of largely isolated dark silos.”
Virgil Griffith, a computer scientist at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology says,”I personally find this rather strange, and interpret it as, socially speaking, people who create dark web sites are just less social beings,” The preliminary Paper was posted on arXiv yesterday and added,”Or at the very least, the dark web is barely used as a social mechanism—while the world wide web most definitely is.”