Leaked data research
To most users, Google is the gateway to exploring the internet. However, the deep web contains pages that cannot be indexed by Google. Within this space, lies the dark web — anonymized websites, often called hidden services, dealing in criminal activity from leaked data, hacking and human trafficking.
Conducting security research on the dark web can be difficult. Website URLs on the dark web do not follow conventions and are often a random string of letters and numbers followed by the .onion subdomain. These websites require the TOR browser to resolve, and cannot be accessed through traditional browsers such as Chrome or Safari.
In addition, traditional search engines such as Google do not exist in the deep web. Instead, website URLs are either exchanged person to person (online or in-person) or collected into a simple Html directory. This can make it difficult to find hacker forums deep web — specifically forums where serious individuals gather.