Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested several individuals, who were suspected of running the deep web search engine called Deep Dot Web.
The dark web, which has been portrayed in pop culture as the underbelly of the Internet has caught the attention of many. However, the reality of this aspect of the digital experience is often much grimmer than what commentators let on.
The FBI arrested two individuals in Israel, who were suspected of being involved in running Deep Dot Web, a website that granted its users access to dark web sites and marketplaces for the purchase of drugs, weapons, stolen credit card information, and other illegal material. The two individuals were caught in Tel Aviv and Ashdod.
According to sources close to the matter, similar arrests were also made in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Brazil. The FBI and the European police agency Europol devised a carefully planned two-year long operation for the eradication of the dark web criminals.
Reports from The Times of Israel state that the administrators of Deep Dot Web have likely made millions of dollars through a commission by offering referral links to dark web marketplaces.
It’s also worth mentioning that dark web addresses can only be accessed at .onion domains through Tor Browser. Users cannot be tracked on the Internet through Tor as it bounces traffic through random, unrelated server addresses across the world.
Reports recently emerged of how two men from Texas pled guilty to the Manhattan Supreme Court to selling illegal steroids and drugs on the dark web.
More recently, the German Federal Criminal Police on May 5, 2019, arrested the administrators of the largest dark web market, the Wall Street Market.
Deep Dot Web’s .onion website now displays a “seized” notice by the FBI citing money laundering laws.
Law enforcement agencies around the world have made it known that people associated with the dark web will no longer be spared or shown mercy and will be severely penalized.