Skip to main content

Digging Deep: Suspicious Activities Spotted in Tor’s Hidden Addresses



Tor is one of the specialised browsers available out there. It is used by people to browse both the internet and to communicate with others in private. The thing about using the internet while keeping your online identity anonymous is that it gives you extra protection from harms that could be caused by cybercrime activities. That is why, Tor is used a lot to browse unindexed sides of the internet called the deep web, or dubbed by some others as the dark web, depending on how you see it. It earns its name for no joking reasons either, dark web is notorious for its illegal or criminal activities. Tons of malicious viruses may lurk behind the contents floating around the deeper side of the internet, and there has been a lot of scary stories associated with this obscure corner. Recently, the suspense thickens was a security expert found out mysteries behind Tor’s hidden addresses. This ‘mystery’ is an unprecedented increase in the number of hidden web addresses found in Tor’s network. What is going on?




Delving Deeper into the Mystery

According to Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey, there has been more than 25,000 .onion deep web services popped out in the recent months, and counting. He wasn’t too sure on how to explain this sudden explosion, but he posed some of the possible hypotheses anyway. A possibility he suggested is that “the boom” is probably triggered by Ricochet, a popular app that uses Tor’s service in order to make instant messaging between its users anonymous. The Onion Router, or Tor for short, has the ability to let people browsing the inter-web anonymously by routing their addresses and connections through a chain of multiple computers as well as using complicated data encryption in the process. As explained earlier, this network helps users to maintain their privacy securely. But, in every sorts of privacies, there are concerns of illegal activities being done behind the scene and all sorts of cybercrimes taking place.


“Unprecedented” Online Activity

Professor Woodward noted on his blog that this sort of thing never happened before, at least when one looked at the Tor network’s history. He suspected that there are some unprecedented things happening behind the scene, but in the meantime, it is the only thing that we know. It is difficult to pin-point things that are happening behind Tor’s scene, especially since it is created to protect people’s privacy instead of disclosing them. The thing that sparked curiosity behind this happening is that despite there’s clearly a rise of hidden network addresses, the traffic on it hasn’t been eventful at all. Deciphering the traffic content floating about the Tor network is probably something that most people will consider, but unfortunately, it is generally impossible to do so. And there’s also this concern of privacy that would be unethical to breach. There is also a possibility that this is caused by a botnet or a malware that duplicates unique network addresses when it infects someone’s computers, even though evidence for this has not yet to be found. Maybe there’s someone out there who has been experimenting on Tor, or maybe, it’s just because of the popularity of Ricochet, as suggested by Prof Woodward.


What Exactly Is Ricochet?

As explained earlier, Ricochet is an instant messaging app that uses the network of Tor in order to create a private connections between two users who wish to keep their online identity anonymous. It is very secure and this thing is achieved by not revealing either the IP addresses or the location of a user. Also, instead of a username, each of individuals who use ricochet will be given a set of unique IP addresses to mask their real ones. It has been around for quite a while, but only came into public’s positive recognition quite recently. When setting up their service, Ricochet will make unique hidden addresses, and this makes quite a logical and likely explanation for the sudden spike of Tor’s hidden addresses. But still, the mysteries behind Tor’s hidden addresses remain in the deep without concrete evidence to support it.

Popular posts from this blog

Google Maps makes Traveling Easier

With the growth of technology, there has been an implausible development in the Google maps. It has become the hope for the people who love to travel many places. It makes people get through the details of many known and unknown places before visiting there. So on the whole Google Maps is one of the great applications created by Google.

While people are willing to visit new places at that time people can make their proper planning. In that context, Google made available the whole process by which the directions for travel can get quicker to the users.

For that reason, this availability of navigation introduced by Google created an ease by which the users can visit their favourite places. With the selection of favourite places, users can also have the facility to go there as per their feasibility. This clear organisation for future reference is also available in the Google Maps which adds to make the app user-friendly for the users.



For example, if any person wants a break from his…

Top 5 Best Smart Watches

Did you ever think that your wrist watch can do many other things either than showing time or date? Yes, you can do many other things with the help of your watch if it is smart. Wearing normal traditional watches has gone old fashioned now because the entrance of smart watches has changed the whole scenario. It is the latest technology which came into existence by integration of both wristwatch and smartphone.

It is an innovative technology that lets you operate the standard functions of the smartphone with the help of a simple wearable watch. The functionalities and capabilities of the smart watch are almost same to the smart phone. The sensors smart watch such as accelerometer, gyroscope and compass etc integrates with your smart phone and enable you to perform various operations such as:-

• Running or closing mobile apps
• Connecting to the internet
• Sending text or video messages
• Picking up or disconnecting call
• Providing weather updates
• Fitness monitorin…

Comcast’s Starts Beta Testing for Roku

It is the X1 platform that covers all the live broadcast channels, cloud recordings, and video-on-demand services, but without X1 box. It has been almost a year now since the Comcast last announced its work on the “Xfinity TV partner app” for Samsung and Roku, and the Roku version is now ready for the actual beta testing. The Xfinity TV beta app is available now in the channel store, with access to “live and on-demand programming services, including local broadcast as well as Public Educational and Governmental channels, along with their cloud DVR recordings.”

According to Comcast, this beta test is done so that it can check out the performance and added features before the official launch actually happens later this year. The customers should also expect their full in-home cable experience that will be just delivered over Comcast’s “locally managed network” as the IPTV instead of the traditional QAM broadcasting. The locally managed network also means that whatever you are watching…

Google Home just Went a Little Bonkers with the Google Home Commercial

Google’s advertisement for its Home device was one of the most talked about event of last night. Google’s viewers having their own Google home were left totally irritated and annoyed by the advertisement, because there was a hitch and the advert had made Google home go ‘Haywire’. Users were annoyed by the ad, as their home system thought that the TV was trying to communicate with them.

Super Bowl Commercial brings in the ‘problem’
Google home stays dormant until someone says ‘Ok Google’ or ‘Hey Google’, but last night, during the Super bowl commercial, the home systems heard instead TV broadcast say those things or the phrases for Google home to snap up from the dormant phase, this caused them to turn on their TVs. Google which planned to use the commercial of Super Bowl for Google home connectivity service but this commercial end up in confusion for those who already have it.

Users took to twitter to complain
Users who faced this problem last night took to twitter and spread words of…

14 Online Marketing Tools For Your Business

If you are an entrepreneur then you must understand the importance of marketing. In order to survive in today’s competitive world, we must have a strong marketing strategy and also a fast medium to deliver information and offer to customers. A right marketing strategy and skill will attract more potential and actual customer to your business. Marketing helps you to tell about customer choice and preference. A good marketing strategy drives more profits to your business. Today we will discuss about the top online marketing tool for a business.



Buffer helps to update new posts on social media. you can schedule your post for later and it will atomically post them on scheduled time. The best thing is that you can post to all social media network at the same time. So it’s a fast way to deliver information, promotion and offers to potential customers. You can post and share images and videos.

Buffer allows you to connect a profile from each network whether it’s Facebook, twitter, Instagram …