The week of September 28, 2014

The Deep Web

The unstoppable rise of the Deep Web

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

The fall of Silk Road didn’t kill the Deep Web. It made it stronger.

Quote of the week

“People want you on the Deep Web. They want to be found, and they’re there to be found. They’re not hiding: There’s anonymous and there’s private, and there’s a difference.”

—Alex Winter

Features

Inside the black markets for your stolen credit cards

By Aaron Sankin

A shadowy world of stolen personal data is right at your fingertips.

Fear and loathing in the Tor network

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

Tor’s top developers believe they’re the subject of surveillance efforts around the world.

The new search engines shining a light on the Deep Web

By Carola Frediani

There’s a whole other world out there. You just have to know where to look.

How Tor protects and serves transgender service members

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

The U.S. military prohibits transgender people from serving their country, but that hasn’t stopped thousands from doing so.

The darkest net

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

The untold and scarring history of online child porn.

Me IRL: Alex Winter

By Kevin Collier

The Deep Web documentarian talks drugs, trolls, and the transparency of Bitcoin.

Opinion

Why we need Tor now more than ever

By Jillian C. York

Despite its seedier affiliations, Tor is an essential tool for avoiding censorship and surveillance.

Silk Road and the gentrification of cybercrime

By Nicholas White

Crime today is less about busting kneecaps and more about phishing scams and email viruses.