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Here's How To Get A Hit Man - The Dark Side Of The Internet

Dubious services are offered in the “darkroom of the Internet”. Anyone who logs in anonymously has access to drugs, weapons and prostitution - a self-experiment

I've been moving around this darkroom for the past few weeks. Chamber is the wrong term. Because like an iceberg, most of the internet is hidden. According to estimates, the deep web is 500 times larger than the part covered by Google and other search engines.

Paranoia is a must on the Darknet. I get access completely legally via anonymization software. Several such programs are available for free download on the Internet. The most popular - and almost frighteningly easy to use - is the Tor browser. I start the modified Firefox browser and mutate into the global onion movement. At least temporarily.

The first point of contact is The Hidden Wiki: an incredibly long link directory that refers to a wide variety of Darknet sites and offers. However, there is no guarantee that you will actually get the offer you want.

You have to expect highway robbers or other unpleasant surprises with practically every click. Inquisitive visitors who want to “just take a look around” put a lot at stake. The addresses usually consist of incomprehensible jumble of letters and do not end with familiar abbreviations such as “.ch” or “.com”, but with “.onion”. The data is transmitted anonymously and in encrypted form - and often flows slowly, which is nerve-racking.

Launched for the US military

The Tor network, run by internet activists and volunteers, hit the headlines several times in 2013. Since Edward Snowden's revelations, it has been increasingly recommended by privacy advocates to protect themselves from online spying. Internet users around the world entrust their (digital) lives to the communication service launched in 2002. For example, government critics in Syria and other totalitarian states, where censorship and surveillance are the order of the day.

It may sound like a bad joke to the layman that the Tor project is co-funded by the US government and was originally launched to ensure military communications. Opposite, however, the German goal expert Moritz Bartl emphasizes that the technology is safe and has no back doors.

According to Tor's current extrapolation, there are up to three million users a day spread all over the world. More detailed statistics can be found on the project page. There you can also see that in December 2013 around 20,000 Swiss people used the Tor network.

No LSD, no Uzi

I used various pseudonyms in dubious discussion forums and tried to get in touch with drug dealers and gun dealers on the well-known black markets. To anticipate: I did not have LSD, cocaine or any other mind-expanding substance delivered free of charge, nor am I now the proud owner of a forged EU passport or a submachine gun.

Which does not mean that warm air circulates in the Darknet. A large number of test purchases have already been successfully carried out and documented on YouTube. The “SonntagsZeitung” bought small amounts of speed, cocaine and an ecstasy-like pill last October and was amazed that everything arrived at home as ordered.

Contract killers are among the scariest "service providers". At least that's what entries in the Hidden Wiki want to make you believe. When reading, you feel like you're in the wrong film. A man who is experienced according to his own statements offers his services in Europe and overseas. He clears “normal people” for 7,000 to 15,000 euros.

The price of a human life depends on various factors. The client can allegedly choose the type of death ("with bare hands" or "a shot between the eyes"). His specialty is killings that look like an accident or suicide. It usually takes one to three weeks in Europe and up to eight weeks in the US.

The one-man company Rent-A-Hacker’s advertising promise is also unsettling: As a professional computer expert, the stranger promises that he can gain access to almost any computer. Since he speaks fluent English and German, it is also possible for him to obtain sensitive information through telephone calls. Will this promise also be kept or is everything just empty talk? I haven't tried it.

Fake EU passports

The offers of the document forgers appear relatively professional. They run online shops with everything that goes with them. US tickets in credit card format are available at a dumping price. A forged English passport costs significantly more. For 2500 British pounds you should get an original document including the required stamp. As an additional service, the personal information is supposedly entered in the official passport database. This makes it possible to travel with the forged papers. One could, for example, emigrate to the UK or another EU country to work.

With another provider, the Swiss passport and ID should cost only 700 euros. I would have liked to have ordered that and had it examined by the border police. . . - but would be illegal, so stay away!

“The Assassination Market” is really weird. The site offers crowdfunding for murders. For example, US President Obama has a bounty of over $ 35,000. Other well-known names are also on the hit list. Those who register can deposit money anonymously and "bet" on a specific day of death.

The darknet is hell

How should you name a place that transcends your worst fears and haunts you to your sleep? A seemingly unlawful space, where pedophiles can talk undisturbed about how best to drug little girls and boys in order to abuse them undisturbed. A place where strangers reveal their fantasies of violence and encourage each other to do horrific acts.

The anonymous online trade in all imaginable goods and services seems to be booming. Yes, a huge boom can be assumed. This is shown by the example of the most famous black market in the Darknet: Silk Road. It is estimated that the platform, founded in 2011, sold drugs worth over a billion dollars. The digital currency Bitcoin, which also functions anonymously, plays a central role here.

In October 2013, after a two-year investigation in California, the FBI arrested the alleged operator of Silk Road and, along with the platform, confiscated over three million Swiss francs in the form of bitcoins. Hardly a coincidence: the rate of the digital, anonymous currency temporarily plunged into the abyss.

After a short break, business is back to normal. Silk Road 2.0 has been up and running for a few weeks. The new operator appears under the same pseudonym as its legendary predecessor, Dread Pirate Roberts, or DPR for short. Regular customers and top sellers come back to the forum and discuss how the drug transfer point can be made even safer. A satisfied user writes: "You can buy any substance you want from the comfort of your sofa - and it works!"

Security expert warns

The Tor network is one of the last bastions of free expression and at the same time a playground for criminals. The Swiss computer security expert Marc Ruef sees no contradiction in this. According to Ruef, Tor has some weaknesses. There are a number of attack techniques that could be used on a Tor network and its participants. Such as denial-of-service attacks that can disrupt operations and prevent use. "That is certainly interesting for regimes and organizations that are reluctant to have undisturbed and uncontrolled communication among citizens."

Furthermore, attempts can be made to determine the identity of the Tor user. This can be done, for example, by analyzing individual communication patterns. “Because of the enormous effort involved, it is not assumed that this can be automated and thus carried out on a large scale,” says Ruef. Appropriate attempts have actually been made by the NSA - without success.

However, Tor users should not feel as though they are too secure. According to Ruef, Javascript (activated in the web browser) could determine the true IP address of an Internet user - even if it is "hidden" by Tor. This can be used to try to find out the identity step by step.

Federal criminal police reassured

Anyone who wanders in the digital parallel universe for a long time will hardly be surprised at the many illegal offers. It almost seems as if the police have enough to do with conventional criminals. In any case, the Federal Criminal Police do not allow themselves to be looked at. It is said that the cantons are primarily responsible for combating cybercrime. Reports of suspected criminal offenses would also be submitted there.

The federal government coordinates between cantonal and international bodies, but cannot give any figures regarding the successful criminal proceedings. The statement by the Federal Department of Justice and Police simply says: "The international law enforcement authorities have already succeeded in creating unrest and uncertainty in these circles and noticeably reducing criminal use."

Nothing of this can be found in the Darknet. There is hustle and bustle around the clock. Or as one provider at Silk Road 2.0 notes: "Only those who are stupid or too greedy are caught."