What are the dark web’s dark web sites?
The dark web, a collection of websites used for illicit online activity, is a mysterious part of the internet where people hide behind layers of encryption to conceal their identities.
It is widely used by criminals, spies and hackers to trade illegal goods and services, evade government scrutiny and conduct illicit activities.
Its use is growing in the wake of revelations about the NSA’s massive surveillance programme.
But there is a dark web of its own, hidden in plain sight on many of the most popular online services, including Amazon, eBay and Netflix.
These hidden sites have attracted criticism from privacy campaigners and governments.
Last month, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the dark net was “not a place for free speech or private information”.
But a dark net is not a place to find the answer to questions of global security, the UK government told parliament.
“It is therefore not a secure place to buy drugs or weapons, or conduct illegal activities,” she said.
“And it is not legal to sell or give away confidential information.”
Last year, British authorities arrested a man they suspected of running a darknet drug and weapons trading operation, which the authorities said was used to evade UK sanctions.
A former member of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) told the BBC that his agency was investigating dark web marketplaces, and he believed the site was operated by an organisation called “DarkNet Reloaded”.
“There are no darknet marketplaces and no marketplaces run by an NCA,” he said.
Dark web marketplace sites, which offer services to buyers and sellers of illegal goods, are usually hidden from public view, so their users are unaware of where they are.
There is no way to confirm the identities of users, but most sites allow users to submit their names and addresses.
They can then be easily identified by other users, as long as they do not use the same email address as their account.
This means that anyone can easily search the darknet for information on people or businesses.
Some of the websites have been used by undercover agents to buy weapons and drugs from drug dealers and sell them online.
They also enable the sale of counterfeit items, which can be used to fund terrorism.
Many of the dark websites have attracted a large community of users.
The dark net marketplaces have attracted the attention of the US government, which has been investigating dark net markets in the US for years.
In a statement, the US National Security Agency (NSA) said it is working with the UK authorities to “identify darknet marketplace sites used by ISIL members”.
“We are working with our counterparts in the UK and EU to identify darknet markets that facilitate the trade of counterfeit goods and the illegal manufacture of counterfeit currency,” it said.
The US government has been actively monitoring the darkweb marketplaces since the Snowden revelations about US surveillance programmes emerged in June, with some officials even warning that they could be used as a staging ground for attacks.
In December, the FBI raided the home of an alleged “darknet” seller, and arrested him for allegedly selling counterfeit US dollars.
Authorities seized a trove of digital data, including an email address and social media accounts belonging to the alleged seller.
The alleged seller has since fled to Jordan, where he is believed to be in hiding.
According to the British Government’s data protection watchdog, the NCA, the dark marketplaces offer buyers and dealers “access to counterfeit money and counterfeit goods that can be easily used to finance terrorist activities”.
According to its website, the marketplaces “provide a platform for illegal activities” and are a “direct conduit for the trafficking of illicit goods and weapons, money laundering, illegal cyber-crime, and terrorism financing”.
In recent years, the proliferation of dark web markets has attracted the interest of security agencies.
The FBI is investigating dark market marketplace sites to see whether there is an association between them and people involved in the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in 2015, and in January this year, the Guardian revealed that the US had targeted several dark web marketplace providers in an attempt to track down alleged ISIS operatives.
In October, British police arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of using the dark-net marketplace Silk Road to buy more than $400,000 worth of weapons, ammunition and other items, and also suspected of attempting to sell the weapons.
The British Government also says the dark markets have provided a haven for criminals to launder money.
In August this year the FBI said it was investigating the dark sites for alleged “money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism finance” and said the sites were “particularly active in the financial services sector”.
The government said it had not seen any evidence of a terrorist threat linked to these markets, and added that the government would be working with those who were investigating the sites to “take action”.
The dark net marketplace sites have come under increasing scrutiny after the FBI, which runs the UK operation, revealed in July that the dark network