The musings of a university student, slowly making his way through the internet. Sometimes what I say may be irrelevant, sometimes it might be just what you're looking for. I can't guarantee anything. However, if you are interested in the deep web, I'll do my best to educate you on how to traverse it safely.
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Exploring the Deep Web Part 2:
How I discovered it
So, now that I've explained what the Deep Web is like, I suppose I should explain how I found out about it.
I first heard about it through the news, when there was word that anonymous had revealed some kind of nest of pedophiles exchanging files. I didn't really feel any draw towards it then, as it just seemed like a den of unsavoury criminals. Later, after I took interest in reddit's /r/darknetplan, I began seeing the Deep Web in a different light. I new before that it supported anonymous conversation; I learned that this could be used for good, for revolutions overthrowing dictators. SOPA showed me that the rights of those on the internet are important, and the deep web seemed like a natural progression from there; a bastion of anonymity, a shield against prying eyes. And, as the deep web became more and more intriguing, I naturally wondered how one might access it.
I followed a rumour that some PDF or jpeg was floating around on 4chan that would help me, and so I dove in, and found it. It was an iceburg photo, depicting the levels of the internet. I lost it long ago, but it was similar to this one:
Eventually, I found out that much of the Deep Web was based around the Tor network. I set up Tor on Mozilla Firefox, pasted in the Hidden Wiki's website, and dove. Unluckily for me, the Hidden Wiki happened to be down that day. The work of some 4chan trolls, I believe. That day I thought I'd done something wrong, that Tor wasn't working, or that the whole thing was some elaborate trolling I'd been put through. I was wrong, but it was about a week later when I actually got onto the Deep Web.