Open source intelligence investigation of dark web marketplace

The dark web is the World Wide Web content that exists on darknets: overlay networks that use the Internet but require specific software, configurations, or authorization to access. Through the dark web, private computer networks can communicate and conduct business anonymously without divulging identifying information, such as a user's location. The dark web forms a small part of the deep web, the part of the Web not indexed by web search engines. On the dark web, you can buy and sell all kinds of legal and illegal items, including guns, drugs, counterfeit money and stolen subscription credentials.

Many criminal gangs are now using the dark web to circumvent regulation and governance. Therefore, intelligence analysts are increasingly required to conduct investigations in the dark web. The image below shows how to conduct investigations on dark web marketplace.