by Marco Balduzzi & Vincenzo Ciancaglini
All content not indexed by traditional web-based search engines is known as the DeepWeb. Wrongly been associated only with the Onion Routing (TOR), the DeepWeb’s ecosystem comprises a number of other anonymous and decentralized networks. The Invisible Internet Project (I2P), FreeNET, and Alternative Domain Names (like Name.Space and OpenNic) are examples of networks leveraged by bad actors to host malware, high-resilient botnets, underground forums and bitcoin-based cashout systems (e.g., for cryptolockers).
We designed and implemented a prototype system called DeWA for the automated collection and analysis of the DeepWeb, with the goal of quickly identifying new threats as soon they appear.
In this talk, we provide concrete examples of how using DeWA to detect, e.g., trading of illicit and counterfeit goods, underground forums, privacy leaks, hidden dropzones, malware hosting and TOR-based botnets.