The deep web is sometimes known as the regular internet’s evil twin. That’s because the deep web—the internet content that is not available to search engines and must be accessed with special software—can be a hotbed of crime.
That’s what a television news program discovered when researching the dark web for a broadcast. The TV show’s investigators had no idea that their investigative legwork would uncover four alleged murder-for-hire plots. Their discoveries show that the crimes that occur on the deep web are not always as anonymous as users may think.
Journalists make an unexpected discovery
The deep web allows much more anonymity than the surface web. Many users believe that they will not leave behind breadcrumbs leading authorities to their identities. Some people turn to the deep web to sell drugs, purchase exotic animals and other illicit goods and even order hits on their loved ones.
The CBS program “48 Hours” aired a TV episode detailing the deep web’s potential for criminal activity. Over the course of the investigation, CBS’s journalists uncovered no fewer than four alleged plots for hiring hitmen. They turned their evidence over to the authorities, which led to several arrests.
Law enforcement also monitors the deep web
In addition to journalists, law enforcement officers frequently monitor the content on the deep web. An unsuspecting user may try to make an illegal transaction, only to discover that they have been interacting with a police officer.
Law enforcement agencies can also use technology to track users’ movements on the dark web, despite the many precautions that deep web users may take. Even the most tech-savvy user is at risk of the police discovering their identity and pressing criminal charges.
Know your rights regarding cyberactivity
Those who choose to surf the deep web should understand their rights. If a police officer requests to see your internet activity, you do not have to comply. Authorities must have a warrant to search your computer. You also have the right to refuse to speak to police about your computer activity. Instead, you should request a criminal defense attorney who has experience with cybercrime.