Dark Web File Sharing: Basic Forensics Using CSI Linux

June 6, 2024
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Paulo Pereira, PhD/DFIR

“Oh I've just come

From the land of the sun

From a war that must be won

In the name of truth

With our soldiers so brave

Your freedom we will save

With our rifles and grenades

And some help from God” 

(Love Vigilantes, New Order)

Introduction

In a world in which data privacy is at risk due to the collection of data that various internet services (Google, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, among others) carry out, the Dark Web appears as a space that tries to guarantee anonymity.  On the one hand, this allows illicit activities, and on the other hand, it guarantees two or more people can exchange messages without being monitored or having their data collected by these services.  

It's incredible that you, for example, use Instagram and have your data collected by third parties, or even that you use your Gmail account to access LinkedIn and, shortly afterwards, receive a suspicious email in your Gmail account with some phishing posing as LinkedIn.  There are illegal things on the Dark Web, but anonymity is not one of them.

Dark Web investigation is a war. DFIR Investigators and Law Enforcement professionals are vigilant soldiers working every day to find evidence of illicit activity in this internet zone. Investigating the Dark Web poses major challenges for digital forensics because it is a region in which there is, first and foremost, a need to protect people persecuted by governments around the world. However, secondly, the Dark Web brings....

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Paulo Pereira
Paulo Pereira is an independent malware analyst, Cyber Security Professional, EXIN Instructor.
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