Rolling in the Deep… Web (Part 4)

Past the 5th level things get to the point where one must ask the question as to whether or not the things that I am about to talk about are real or not.  There are people on the web apparently who have gotten past the 5th level and gone beyond.  Because there are some terms and explainations from the Deep Web Wikia that most people will not understand I will go level by level this time to try paint a picture so that people can understand because it took me a while to figure this out too.

(The following levels are not proven to exist.)

Level 6 – ?

What this level contains is unknown. It is apparently an intermediary between the Marianas Web and the Levels 7 and 8. According to an Anon on the 4chan imageboard, leading hackers have found ways even beyond the 5th layer ; at this point, you start getting attention you don’t want; your life is in danger. Quantum computing is needed to get past the 6th layer.

To those who do not know what  Quantum Computing is, it is  computing that relies on quantum physics by taking advantage of certain quantum physics properties of atoms or nuclei that allow them to work together as quantum bits, or qubits, to be the computer’s processor and memory. By interacting with each other while being isolated from the external environment, qubits can perform certain calculations exponentially faster than conventional computers. The reason as to why Quantum computing is needed is because of the vast amount of information in these extreme lower depths of the net.  It is very confusing as to what is actually contained in this level because there is not actual proof that I have found, but I believe that quantum computing is required solely to navigate the massive amounts of data in this level.

Level 7 – The Fog/Virus Soup

This level is apparently where the “big players” are. It is pumped full of loads of code, to try to prevent people getting deeper. In this level, everyone is fighting to keep others out because of the value of the systems below.

The best way to describe Level 7 would but a war zone.  Where it is every man for themselves , where everyone who “made” it here is trying to get to the 8th level and preventing other people from getting there.

Level 8 – The Primarch System

Level 8 is impossible to access directly. The primarch system is what controls the Internet. No government or organization has control of it. Nobody even knows what it is. This system is an anomaly discovered in the 2000’s. It is unresponsive, but sends out unalterable commands to the entire net, randomly. The entire 7th Level is people trying to gain access to Level 8 and stopping others from getting there. Level 8 is thought to be separated by a “level 17 quantum t.r.001 level function lock”, which is virtually impossible for our computers to break.

It is highly speculated as to what is actually in the 8th level of the Deep Web, for it is known in a sense to be the “Final Boss” of the Internet just because people believe that the first person who manages to gain access to it will be able to take control of it.  Then when that happens that one person or group of people who have the power to “turn off” the internet will have most of the world in its grasp because the way things are presently, most of the world will not be able to function properly without an internet connection making it so they would have to do what they are told or run the risk of the plug being pulled from their country and being left vulnerable to the rest of the world.

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Rolling in the Deep… Web (Part 3)

Beyond the surface web (Levels 0-2), from Level 3 and on is what is officially known as the Deep Web.  For what is found in these levels is comparable to what can be found in a black market and other dark areas in the real world.

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The levels are as follows:

Level 3 – Deep Web

The first part of this level has to be accessed with a proxy. It contains CP, gore, hacking websites… Here begins the Deep Web. The second part of this level is only accessible through Tor, and contains more sensible information.

Level 4 – Charter Web

This level is also divided in two parts. The first can be accessed through Tor. Things such as drug and human traficking, banned movies and books and black markets exist there. The second part can be accessed through a hardware modification: a “Closed Shell System”. Here, shit becomes serious. This part of the Charter Web contains hardcore CP, experimental hardware information (“Gadolinium Gallium Garnet Quantum Electronic Processors”…), but also darker information, such as the “Law of 13”, World War 2 experiments, and even the location of Atlantis.

Level 5 – Marianas Web

To gain access to this part of the Deep Web, a special hardware is necessary: some argue that you need an old computer and OS, or solve quantum computation mechanics. According to the picture, a “Polymeric Falcighol Derivation” is needed. Beyond the Charter Web exists 80% of the Internet. What the Marianas Web contains is unknown. It is rumored to contain government databases and secret information on several conspiration theories, paranormal events and secret experiments (Hollow Earth, secret societies…). This is very unlikely and has yet to be proven by someone who really gained access to this part of the Internet.

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The things that can be found on the Deep Web conisist of and is not limited too; drug dealers, munitions, hit men, death matches, prostitution, illegal media downloads, child pornography, gore, guides on how to do illegal things, and information on events that governments have covered up.

The buying and selling of services and goods on the Deep Web is beneficial to both the buyer’s and seller’s of these goods and or services is that they do not make physical contact with each other and they stay anonymous to each other, other than the fact that they know that buyer wants something from the seller.  This is a good thing because in the case one gets caught by a policing agency he/she cannot implicate the other person.

But how does a person buy and sell anonymously through out the web?  Credit cards can be tracked, and the same could be said about large money transactions.  The answer to this dilemma was the usage of Bit Coins. To understand what a BitCoin is this video from the creators explains it quite nicely.

If you choose to not watch the video the reason as to why the people who inhabit the deep web is because transactions done with BitCoins are supposedly anonymous.  Although not completely anonymous due to the fact that each bit coin transaction has an its own IP address that is unique to each transaction, and if the people know the person they are dealing with and if the buyer does not change their transaction address the bit coin transactions can be traced.  To counter act this people have begun to either change their IP address after each transaction or have started to use TOR which will be explained later, but what TOR is in short is a more complex version of a proxy going through multiple networks and computers and using them to send requests so they cannot be traced back to the buyer/ person requesting the service or good.

But this is not where the Deep Web ends.  In fact it is said that there are 3 more levels that although there is little proof that they exist people say that it does exist, and they will be explained in Part 4 which is here.

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Rolling in the Deep… Web (Part 2)

The Deep Web consists of nine levels six which are known and three that are unknown/ have yet to be proven to exist.  The names of each level and what they contain are as follows from the Deep Web Wiki found here.

The surface web, the part of the web will be discussed in this section is the web that normal people go on every day, it contains the first three levels.  There is little to no danger in surfing the surface web out of these three layers the most danger comes from entering the third layer but if you hide a proxy site/server you should have no troubles.

A proxy site/server is a computer system that acts like an intermediary between computers making it so if a user request something it goes to the proxy computer and instead of the request being traced back to the user it gets traced back to the proxy computer while there little to no trace of the original user.  Of course with the right programs and understanding of the web people can be traced even through the proxy’s so although proxy’s help keep anonymity on the web it is not perfect.

Level 0 – Common Web

This level is the one you browse everyday: YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia and other famous or easily accessible websites can be found here.

Level 1 – Surface Web

This level is still accessible through normal means, but contains “darker” websites, such as Reddit.

Level 2 – Bergie Web

This level is the last one normally accessible: all levels that follow this one have to be accessed with a proxy, Tor or by modifyig your hardware. In this level you can find some “underground” but still indexed websites, such as 4chan.

After Level 2 is where the Deep Web actually begins.  From here on TOR is required for surfing the sites in these sections of the net.  Keep in mind from part 1 the first three levels of the internet is only the tip of the iceberg with only 10% of the information on the internet being shown on top of it.  The other 90% (Even though mostly obsolete files) are contained in the Deep Web, keep in mind however levels 6, 7, and 8 have not been proven to exist due to the fact that there is not enough plausible evidence that it exists.

An more in Depth Explaination of the Deep Web past level two will be explained in part 3 which is here.

 

 

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Rolling in the Deep… Web (Part 1)

The internet has become a place where anything can be found, all a person has to do is look.  But for certain taboo items and services one must go deeper in the web hence the title of this area of the Internet called “Deep Web”.

Also known as the “Dark Web” and “The New Underground” Deep Web has taken elements of reality and placed them in the web where like in real life they are close to impossible to find unless you have the right tools and know where to look.  Comparable to William Gibson’s representation of the internet being a ghetto the real World Wide Web is comparable to a virtual black market where almost anything can be bought, sold or trade.  Examples of such things, that even though can be sometimes found on the “surface net” as will be explained later it is said that the real players for illicit things that cannot be distributed or talked about on the surface web.

But one does not simply Google “Deep Web” and hope to see the dark contents that it contains to pop up, rather all of these sites are hidden and non indexed by sites like Google and Yahoo which makes them unsearchable . The user must have a add-on for Firefox which will be explained later to access.  Also these websites do not have a “.com”, .net”, .org”, and most not a “.gov” extension but a special one called “.onion” that can only be accessed with the special add-on. More info on “.onion” can be found here

How big is the Deep Web though? Well here is an example think of it like an Iceberg.  With the regular normal internet you see everyday as only the tip of it with the Deep Web being beneath the water and immense in size.

The people that populate this region of the net come from all parts of the spectrum from the FBI and Criminal Syndicates and hacktivists and scientists.  Of course they all traverse the Deep Web with great care and under anonymity sticking to their own layers and sections of the Deep Web and using the information down there for their own interests.  As should anyone who decides to delve into the Deep Web.

The Deep Web has been split up into nine different levels. Although the danger levels are the same,the type of danger changes the deeper you go. The danger goes from legal trouble with copy right laws and illegal distribution of media to the endangerment of your personal being whether it be your life of Identity.  In Part 2 which can be found here, I will go over the different levels of the Deep Web and what can be found in the first six and what is speculated to be found the the last three in each level.

Part 2 is coming soon…

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Don’t Feed the Trolls!

What is a troll?  According to UrbanDictionary.com a troll is :

“One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument”

Trolling is a phenomenon that occurs every day on the net on many locations all to serve the same purpose which is to make people angry for no reason.  Why do people do such things?  They do it for many reasons, I believe the main reason they do it because they can remain anonymous and get away with it without there being any severe repercussions to them.

I myself have “trolled” many a person online because I knew they did not know who I am and that they would have no way to figure out who I am and for a reaction.  Of course I do not go the the extreme lengths that some people do, I would just troll a little for a laugh then stop.  The term “Don’t Feed the Trolls” is an online internet meme  that means to not give a reaction to people who are trolling, because that is the main reason as to why people troll, to get a reaction like I said before.

A meme according to UrbanDictionary.com is:

Meme :An idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media.

Youtube video of a bunch of guys picking up girls with memes:

Most of the time I just laugh at people who troll because it is usually funny, but after the discussion in class I realized that many of the things that trolls post are indeed racist, and the question that was raised in class was that if trolling was the same thing a racism.  In my opinion it is not.  First of all most of the time when people troll they do it for a reaction out of the community, and online communities are mostly anonymous and contain people from races, gender and ages from all over the world so in a sense the internet is a biggest melting pot community of all.  Of course there are sites that cater to people with certain tastes and what not but most online communities are mixed and people really don’t care.

Here is an example of online trolling:

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=133972081&highlight=golden+gains

What basically occurs in this thread on the forum is a guy makes a fake “troll” account on facebook and then proceeds to “hit” on females and posting their responses on the forum for the “lulz” and entertainment for other forum users.  In return he gains a reputation get rep points which signifies him as one of the more prominent users on the forum giving him respect.  All the while the poor people he is trolling will not know that he is trolling until he they either figure it out themselves, someone from the said forum tells them, or if he tells them himself.  In most cases they people getting trolled will not even know that they are getting trolled and everyone gets a good laugh and they end up feeling good.

Unlike racism, trolling can be used for good things also.  An example of this would have to be in the case of this woman:

the online community rose up and harassed her, and in the end it turned out she her self was trolling, and she was tired of getting pizza.

Trolling can be good and bad, but it just depends on the situation that the trolling is being done in.  Well that’s what I think anyway.

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Good Grief…

In class today we talked about how online communities protested how certain things were done in the games they played.  Events that were brought up where protests against Anshe Chung and the funeral raid by “Serenity Now”.  Online protesting such as this is called “Griefing” which according to online sources means:

“To cause grief amongst other players or player in an online community”.

In the cases of Anshe Chung the griefing was done towards her.  When the “Griefers” protested Anshe Chung it was because they did not approve of what she was doing, which was the creation of “living units” in the online game Second Life” and selling these crude creations to other players for real money.  Other players did not agree to this practice and thus created code that harassed Anshe’s character in the game whenever she did things like meetings or even walked around.

Here is the “Griefing”:

While in the case of “Serenity Now”, They were the cause of the griefing themselves.  What happened in this instance is that a guild announced on the World of Warcraft forums (that was the game where this took place) that they were going to have a gathering/ funeral for one of their guild members that had died in real life and were inviting people to come join them in mourning the loss of their guild member and friend.

Here is the Serenity Now raid:

The catch to this is that the location of the place where the funeral was to be held was in contested territory where the rules were that anything goes and PvP (player versus player) could be engaged with out warning, and that is what the guild “Serenity Now” did.  They killed everyone’s character that was in attendance of the funeral and then gloated about it online.

So were these events okay?  In both cases there are people who have said online that they were both good and others who said they were bad.  In the case of Anshe Chung I myself believe that it was uncalled for, because the griefer’s were probably just jealous that they themselves did not think of the idea themselves and were angry that Anshe was actually making money from doing so simple.  I myself would have done nothing, just thinking to myself that doing such a thing to Anshe just because she thought of something clever and made a lot of money off of it.  On the other hand, the funeral raid was ethically not right.  I know that it is a computer game, but would you raid a funeral in real life?  I found it disgusting that people would actually do such a thing to be honest.  I myself am not a religious person, but the people holding the funeral were doing that because it was there way of saying goodbye to a friend, even though they had not met in real life spent many hours together doing things together.  But my mind is at ease because of the backlash against that guild which ultimately lead to their disbanding and placing them in a dark corner of the bad history of the World of Warcraft.

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A whole new World

When I hear people talk about games such as Guild Wars, Second Life and of course World of Warcraft I hear many a negative thought.  But of course this is because these are the people who do not actually play the video game and have just heard what negative effects it can have both physically and mentally on a person should they choose to play it.

Take this video for example: (Warning: Harsh Language)

What used to the ongoing trend for people who played these video games  is that they were forever alone losers with not lives and what not.  While this was true for some cases (such as mine) it was not true for all.  I know many people who played this game and had healthy social lives, were not obese and got chicks at will.  But it was just the way the game was portrayed by the media (example: South Park “Make Love not Warcraft”) it made people think of such games negatively and of course that is not true

Take this girl for example: (Warning: may make you bored of this post)

These people of course have not actually played the game themselves and do not understand the intricacies that games like this possess and why it has these “negative” effects on a person.  The reason why I put quotations around the word negative is because even though some people may seem the think that what the games are doing is a bad thing, most of the time the people actually playing the game don’t think that way.  Of course every persons reason as to why they play is different.  Some wanted something different, others wanted a game that they could play for a long time, and then there were people like me who just wanted an escape from reality.

Why would someone want to escape for real life though?  The answer is simple, it is because they do not like their lives.  In these online games you can create your own character, start afresh and do many things that you could not do because there were either people who already did them, or it was too difficult to do.  In the most extreme cases it is because the people really did want a new life and the only way they could do it was through the game.   And in a way like the movie inception the game becomes more of a real life than their actual real life.  It is sad, but true because no one likes the fat nerd with acne all over his face, hes only good for getting homework answers from and making yourself feel better.  And games like World of Warcraft do that.  With a group of people who have similar ideals to your self it is extremely satisfying to completing dungeons and what not together and reaching your goals.

This Video for Example: One of the many events in WoW that the developers created that was just awesome.

In a sense the game is just like real life where a player is placed into an environment where they work with others to finish quests which in the real world would equate to jobs which they get money for.  there is stress, anger, sadness and many other emotions are experienced in the this, whether you want to believe it or not the amount of work that had to be put into the game to get any good items, titles or to even finish some of the dungeons was like a full time job.  I will not go into it but I myself have lived such moments and back then I felt that every moment was worth it.  Now that I am free from that alternate reality however I do not regret my time playing the game.  It was an enlightening experience no matter how embarrassing it is to talk about, and even though I tell my friends I wouldn’t, I would play it again but I would do other things in my past differently.

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