Dark Web Search Engine

Delivered as a cloud-based service, DigitalStakeout Chatter is a search engine with an active index of millions of pages from 10,000+ publicly accessible TOR services, 4chan, 8kun, Pastebin and more.

What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a tiny fraction of the web not indexed by search engines like Google, Bing, or Yandex. It is only accessible through special protocols such as Tor and usually accessed with a web browser. The term “dark web” is also known as the darknet and is sometimes confused with the term deep web. The majority of the dark web is made up of Tor. Individual Tor nodes on the tor network create the darknet and anonymize communications inside the dark web. The dark web also includes sites using FreeNet, GNUnet, I2P, Riffle, Syndie, Tribler, ZeroNet, OneSwarm and RetroShare. All dark website environments have two major characteristics which are decentralization and anonymity.

For example, Tor anonymizes communications and hides the origin and destination of the Internet Traffic. The network stays anonymous because each intermediary knows only the location of the immediately preceding and following nodes. Tor provides anonymity to websites and other servers. Each server or website on Tor is a hidden service. The hidden service does not have an IP address. A hidden service has an onion address that can be accessed through a Tor Browser.

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DigitalStakeout Chatter – A Dark Web Website Search Engine

Because the logical and physical location of hidden services on the dark web is unknown, it is a prime venue for criminal marketplaces, black markets, and illegal activity to transpire. The types of items sold on the dark web are credit card numbers, illegal drugs, weapons, counterfeits, stolen credentials, hacked accounts, malware kits, and other hacking activity.

DigitalStakeout discovers, crawls, and indexes these sites hosted on the Tor network. We maintain a real-time index of the dark web and crawl 10,000+ publicly accessible and private TOR services. In addition to collecting data from the dark web, we sanitize and structure the content we discover, making it easy to search and analyze.

Search Dark Web Websites Hosted on the Surface Web

Many grey websites are hosted on the surface web that DigitalStakeout considers part of the “dark web.” These are sites such as Raid Forums, 4chan, 8kun, and Pastebin. DigitalStakeout also indexes sites that do not moderate their content from extreme conversations and highly offensive material such as Parler and Gab. If a surface website contains content similar to content indexed on the dark web, it’s in our dark web index. Our coverage is continuously discovering new exploits, exposures, leaks, and other security-relevant content that is highly actionable.

Many grey websites are hosted on the surface web that DigitalStakeout considers part of the “dark web.” These are sites such as Raid Forums, 4chan, 8kun, and Pastebin

Insights into Dark Web Chatter without Risk

With DigitalStakeout Chatter, there is no need to connect to the dark web and browse on nefarious websites. You can search and investigate fresh content from the dark web websites without the risk.

Search the Dark Web Safely with DigitalStakeout Chatter

Delivered as a part of the DigitalStakeout Tools™, DigitalStakeout Chatter is a dark web search engine with an active index of millions of pages from hidden service sites and dark sites from the surface web. Leveraging proprietary entity extraction, faceted search on 25+ derived fields, we make it easy for security analysts to discover information safely, quickly, and efficiently without connecting to the TOR network and high-risk websites. DigitalStakeout also sanitizes Pedophilia content and sites to prevent inadvertent collection or view of child pornography.

The DigitalStakeout Chatter dark web search engine is analyst-friendly. It’s simple to use; you can save queries as Views to save time on repetitive search and investigative tasks. With DigitalStakeout Tools, you can focus your time and effort on security intelligence instead of data collection. Searching is easy and rich with options to perform Boolean, entity-based, fuzzy, or regex searches to discover data. You can also setup DigitalStakeout Scout to perform automated dark web monitoring to be alerted to new content on the dark web.

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