Know the Web: Surface Web, Deep Web & Dark Web

Know the Web: Surface Web, Deep Web & Dark Web

Do you really know the web or internet you use very well?
And do you really think, that when you hit GOOGLE to search anything from the web and it results in thousands of links, it really searches in each and every corner of the web to give you all the possible options.
If you think, yes. Then you are wrong.
Any given search to any search engine turns up just 0.03 percent of the information that exist online (one in 3000 pages). It’s like fishing in the top three feet of the ocean.





In the Web, there is some hidden world called Deep Web and Dark Web.
We can understand it by separating the Web:
  • Surface Web – The portion of the Internet which is accessible via a web browser, the World Wide Web. Google indexes no more than 16 percent of the Surface Web and misses all of the Deep Web. The so-called Surface Web, we routinely browse which consists of data that search engines can find.
  • Deep Web – Information which is not registered with any search engines. Information which is housed in the database and is only viewable through dynamic generated pages and information which resides behind authentication such as on private networks and public networks. The commercial Search Engines don’t have the technology to crawl and index the Deep Web.


It is impossible to measure, and hard to put estimates on, the size of the deep web because the majority of the information is hidden or locked inside databases. Early estimates suggested that the deep web is 400 to 500 times larger than the surface web. However, since more information and sites are always being added, it can be assumed that the deep web is growing exponentially at a rate that cannot be quantified.
  • Dark Web – is the subsection of the Deep Web. That portion of the web which cannot be easily reached from the public internet and usually requires specialized software to access. Like Tor network, hidden services, the I2P network, and the RetroShare network.


The dark web has often been confused with the Deep Web. This confusion dates to at least 2009. Since then, especially in reporting on SILK ROAD. The two terms have often been conflated, despite recommendations that they are distinguished.
A December 2014 study by Gareth Owen from the University of Portsmouth found that the most commonly requested type of content on Tor was child pornography, followed by black markets while the individual sites with the highest traffic were dedicated to botnet operations. Many whistleblowing sites maintain a presence as well as political discussion forums. Sites associated with Bitcoin, fraud-related services, and mail order services are some of the most prolific. To counter the trend of controversial content, the artist collective Cyber twee held a bake sale on an onion site.

A part of the Deep Web is the Silk Road which is an underground website, also sometimes called the "Amazon of illegal drugs" or the "eBay for drugs". It allows online users to browse it anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring (via Tor browser).
The FBI arrested one of its administrators on charges of alleged murder-for-hire and narcotics trafficking violation which led to its termination on October 2, 2013. But this did not derail the other admins who created another version- Silk Road 2.0, which was  reported to be up and running on November 6, 2013.
Dozens of 'hitmen' are available for hire through the 'Deep Web'.
They all offer their services for a price paid in mysterious currency Bitcoin.

Things available to Buy from Dark Web
  • Drugs
  • Counterfeit Currency
  • Forged Papers
  • Firearms, Ammunition, and Explosives
  • Hitmen
  • Human Organs

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