Bitcoin is the preferred currency on the darknet.
You have probably heard about the “Darknet” on your favorite crime show and you probably understand some of what it actually is. Here at Wipple we don’t deal with that hidden part of cyberspace known as the Darknet.
Here is a bit of information to give you an idea of what the darknet actually is:
To understand the darknet, we should understand the surface web and the deep web.
The surface web is what most of us deal with. It consists of sites which come up in a keyword search. All of these sites on the surface web have been crawled by a search engine’s web crawler and then indexed for later retrieval. If you run a business, this is where you want your business to be.
The deep web, on the other hand, is any site that can be found on the surface web but is not indexed by a search engine. These are sites that are secured by a password or a site where you must search the site’s database itself for content.
The darknet is part of the deep web filled with sites which are run and visited by people who want to remain anonymous. Not surprisingly, many of these dark sites have been developed to sell illegal items or host dissident blogs. Most dark sites have been developed with encryption and are only accessible from special encrypted browsers and are not indexed by search engines.
In many cases, the people who manage these websites regularly change the URLs to hide the illegal nature of the content.
The concept that certain sites remain hidden from view through the use of unlisted URLs goes clear back to the 1970. The technology that allows for certain darknet sites to remain unidentified was originally created for intelligence communications back in the 1990’s. The US Naval Research Laboratory started this procedure.
Since that time the space has become notorious for illegal offerings such as guns, false ID’s, drugs, and human trafficking.
Normally bitcoin is the currency used on most darknet transactions.
Besides sales, the darknet allows people in authoritarian countries to communicate with people in other countries. It also allows them access to websites from outside their countries, and even helps to organize revolutions.
The darknet’s anonymity also provides a safe place for whistleblowers to share information and for abuse victims to seek help without their abusers’ knowledge.
We don’t deal with the dark net, but we can help your business get more exposure. Give us a call today!