What is hiding in the dark internet?

The ‘dark web’ is the refuge of numerous criminal activities, but also of those who seek to preserve their identity.

How much does data cost on the ‘ dark internet ‘? Shelter from numerous criminal activities and accessible in most cases through specific applications and browsers, the ‘ Darkweb ‘ allows you to get a medical history for less than the cost of a coffee.

Or the details of a credit card or a scanned passport for 5 euros; those of a driving license for 4 euros; those of a bank account between 1 and 10 percent of its value; and those of a ‘ PayPal ‘ account between 40 and 400 euros.

But not everything that circulates on the ‘hidden internet’ – also known as ” deep ” or ‘invisible’ – is illegal, since many users or companies resort to these types of networks simply to try to preserve their identity and data and many people take shelter in them in environments or countries where censorship and control prevail.

The multinational specialized in cybersecurity Kaspersky has analyzed the offers that are active in various forums or international markets and has verified that access to personal data may have “exit prices” that do not exceed the euro in the case of identification, that the Most in demand are credit cards and those that allow access to banking services and electronic payment, and prices have barely changed in recent years.

The National Institute of Cybersecurity ( INCIBE ) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation have observed to EFE that it is perfectly possible to access the “hidden internet” from any computer, although it requires specific ‘software’ for the connection that is responsible for the encryption of information and maintaining privacy.

INICIBE cybersecurity technician Daniel Fírvida has ensured that the use of the “dark web” by cybercriminals and criminals is not new, nor has there been an increase in such threats.

But he has observed that it has been detected that some of these groups, such as those that use viruses to hijack computer equipment or those that carry out extortion through data leaks, publish these threats and extortion and publicize their ‘exploits’ in the ‘dark internet’.

Among the practices that proliferate on the Internet, ‘ doxing ‘ has spread, which occurs when someone shares information about a person or a company in order to attack or humiliate them, and which can even hack into the data of a victim to offer them through the black markets that operate in the networks.

Non-indexed content

Cybersecurity expert Daniel Creus, from the aforementioned company, has explained to EFE that the ‘deep internet’ (known as’ Deepweb ‘) houses all the internet content but is not indexed by search engines, like the content’ private ‘(academic networks, companies or governments) or the files and data that are behind any authentication (such as user codes and passwords).

Creus has stressed that not everything that is on the ‘dark web’ is illegal and that many people, companies, or organizations use them in a legitimate way to reinforce privacy, but it has warned of the proliferation of cybercriminals who try to obtain an economic profit with data theft campaigns.

The INCIBE, which enabled a telephone number ( 017 ) so that anyone can report a cybersecurity problem, has stressed that not all the contents accessible through the “dark web” are associated with criminal activities, nor are only illicit acts committed through those hidden networks.

Fírvida has observed, for example, that in many places where democratic values ​​are at risk, ‘dark networks’ (or ‘darknet’) are often used by dissidents to maintain communications or to access information that is censored in their countries.

Everything that is covered with a layer of opacity, encryption, or privacy is more complex to detect and prosecute, the INCIBE technician has told EFE, but has stressed that they are not “infallible” systems that cannot be detected and chase.

Daniel Fírvida has asserted that crimes committed on the “hidden” or “deep” internet are prosecuted and has highlighted the growing specialization of the police, judges, and prosecutors. “It’s not just the bad guys who share their tricks and tricks.”