The Internet has a dark side, the online underground know as the Dark Web. Inhabited by cyber-criminals, hacktivists, jihadists, terrorists, gun runners, drug-dealers, whistleblowers and freedom fighters, the web sites of the Dark Web are not generally available to the curious without a bit of work and can usually be accessed only by using something like the TOR browser.
There is now a search engine, onion.city, where the curious can surf the Dark Web in much the same way as using Google to search. In fact, this is a Google Custom Search application that utilizes a Tor2web proxy to connect to the Tor network. This allows you to find and access resources on the Dark Web using your trusty old (insecure) pals, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Please be advised that your session will not be anonymous or secure, and that this could in fact have a bad outcome for you. So use with caution and be aware of the risks. In fact, the OnionCity web site offers the following advice:
- OnionCity allows regular Internet users to access onionsites. Unfortunately, this requires sacrificing most of Tor’s privacy protections.
- OnionCity provides much less security, anonymity, and confidentiality than using the Tor Browser Bundle (TBB). If convenience is not the deciding factor, you should always choose the TBB over OnionCity.
- Although publishers remain anonymous, when you use OnionCity your internet service provider can see what content you are accessing.
- OnionCity trades privacy for speed and convenience. Do not use OnionCity if others discovering which onionsites you visit would be legally perilous.
I wouldn’t use my main production system for this adventure, and I would avoid using the Windows operating system, instead using something running Linux. Be prepared to be hacked. Do not give up any personal information. But if you are curious, now you have a way to visit the Dark Web.Share