The Dark Web is no longer being used by just hackers and drug peddlers. It is increasingly drawing in people from other walks of life — even in Singapore.
In September, a 47-year-old man here was sentenced to five years’ jail, for plotting to murder his former lover’s boyfriend by hiring a hitman on the Dark Web. And The New Paper reported in the same month that three other people in Singapore have been allegedly targeted through websites on the Dark Web that offer assassins for hire, with one of them believed to be a student at a school in Punggol.
While such transactions on the Dark Web are not allowed here in Singapore, accessing the Dark Web — which is a special part of the Internet that peddles illegal products and services — is not illegal.
Anyone with an Internet connection can access it, through the use of The Onion Router, or tor, which is an open-source Internet browser that anonymises its users. Tor encrypts users’ network traffic by routing it through several randomly selected relay nodes all over the world. Originally intended to make sure whistle-blowers stay safe and untraceable, this browser is free to download and anyone with Internet access can install it.
Senior Threat Intelligence analyst of Group-IB
The article is available at The Straits Times