Intro to Deep Web

So someone started a thread on /x/ asking about Deep Web. Someone posted this story. My interest level: piqued. Let me start you off with some basic information on Deepnet taken from Wiki, of course.

  • The Deep Web refers to World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines.
  • Searching on the Internet today can be compared to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean; a great deal may be caught in the net, but there is a wealth of information that is deep and therefore missed.
  • Most of the Web’s information is buried far down on dynamically generated sites, and standard search engines do not find it.
  • Traditional search engines cannot “see” or retrieve content in the deep Web – those pages do not exist until they are created dynamically as the result of a specific search.
  • Mike Bergman coined this phrase.
  • Uni of Cali, Berkeley studies believe the deep web consists of 97,000 terabytes of information, while the surface web only contains about 190 terabytes.

You can visit the wiki if you want to read more about it, I’m not about to post the whole page on here.

So, basically, the Deep Web is all about what you don’t normally see, and while most of it can be just innocent, non-creepy stuff that people have on their computers, some of it can be malicious. This creepypasta is what REALLY got me interested in this, especially since my gf is studying computer forensics and will learn how to do this stuff, hopefully. Of course, you gotta open it to read it all, in case you are new to the internet.

I’ve read my fair share of possible real creepypastas and this sounds like it might just be legit. Then again, I don’t know much about how the technical stuff about worming and putting in backdoors like this works. If anybody can clarify if this is indeed possible, let me know, eh?

Deep Web hosts different sites and files, like the .mpeg that is found in the story and the only reason this person was able to find it was because the computer was simply connected to the internet. One fellow posted this:

There’s one that links several systems between Berkeley, MIT and Oxford with a couple systems that seem to be associated with either Microsoft or Hewlett Packard or both… A few of the systems are running custom scratch-written operating systems.

A few theories I can think of for this are
A) some programmer’s spare time toy.
B) Students/interns practice/assignment.
C) Students/interns/employee’s secret project.

I’m leaning toward C. There’s a lot of uncompiled code floating around, including for various versions of windows among other operating systems.

The funny thing is I was shown this one by a net-friend I’ve since lost track of, and he wouldn’t tell me how he found it. I suspect he was pretty well involved with it, according to him this was where the Vista leaks were coming from.

This is pretty interesting. I never really thought about the ways people can use the internet and computers in general to hide and share things. But then again I don’t sit around considering the infinite amount of ways people use the internet, and for what purposes.

Here’s a suggested site if you want to do your own Deep Web crawling, http://deepwebtracker.blogspot.com/.

Seacrest out.

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    Juan Soto enjoys reading mangas over watching animes, listening to what pleases me, majoring in Int'l Economic Policy with concentration in german, loves soccer, and plays video games for the story and not the the challenge. Yes, he is casual.

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    5 Responses to “Intro to Deep Web”
    1. avatar nokel says:

      ok, well, the guy in the creepypasta mentioned that the windows 98 computer was holding about 9 terrabytes, that is already bullcrap because windows 98 runs off the FAT32 file system which would mean that each file would be 3.99gb each and each hard drive would only display about 40gb per hard drive… so yeah

    2. avatar Juan says:

      I’ll just jump in there and change that a bit >_> Thank you.

    3. avatar Microsoft Techy says:

      Nokel, although well spotted you made a few errors. Although true that file size is limited to 4GB, the hard drive is not limited to 40. Partition size is limited, but one hard drive can have several partitions on, even using windows 98. Windows XP runs on FAT32 and could have a hard drive of the size quoted in the article. SO FAT32 is not a reason for windows 98 to be limited to 40GB. The maximum size of the physical drive is determined more by the other hardware and especially the BIOS. If these were old computers I would definitely say that there is no way those hard drive would be working. Could be newer computers, possibly even using a dual boot, with 98 only using a limited partition space on the drive.

      Still call bullshit to story personally though.

    4. avatar nibble says:

      actually I just talked to someone that was in the deep web and he told me that besides cp there is something worse … i think its still cp but more brutal , i couldn’t get much out of him though …
      actually this story doesn’t even sound that unbelievable its more likely than smile.jpg causing nightmares actually .

    5. avatar Sam says:

      I don’t think he has much to worry about, all he did was accidentally come across a computer that happened to be downloading A Serbian Film

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