EFCC ‘Linked Naira Marley to the Dark Web’. Here’s what you need to know about the most hidden part of the internet

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The Cybercrime Department of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has provided a forensic report linking Naira Marley, a popular Nigerian entertainer whose real name is Azeez Fashola, to a credit card fraud perpetrated on the dark web.

The EFCC Cybercrime Department uncovered Naira Marley’s request for her credit card details on her iPhone and mapped her activities to dark web websites.

“The types of sites most commonly associated with the dark web are marketplaces where illicit goods such as narcotics, firearms and stolen credit card numbers are bought and sold. The darkest corners are used to hire hitmen, engage in human trafficking and trade child pornography,” EFCC’s Whyte Dein testified Thursday.

The dark web or dark net is very huge, but secretive. What is it exactly ?

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BEYOND THE SURFACE

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A 2015 report by Seeker estimated that Google only indexed 004% of all internet pages. This means that most content on the World Wide Web is not accessible on standard search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Microsoft Bing.

The easily accessible part of the internet is known as the clear web, the surface of the internet. Beyond the surface is the Deep Web which makes up over 90% of the Internet.

The “dark web” and the “deep web” are sometimes used interchangeably, but the dark web is only part of the deep web. To access this subset of the deep web, an Internet user must use certain tools, including the Tor browser.

TOR BROWSER

EFCC Cybercrime Department found a special browser on Naira Marley’s phone.

Cybercrime Department Team Leader Whyte Dein said that Naira Marley “used malicious tools to conceal the identity and location of the laptop user while connected to the internet, as well as the presence of the navigator who acted as a unique gateway to darkness”. report”.

The browser serving as a “single gateway” to the dark web is the Tor browser. It is a web browser designed to keep its user’s web traffic on the Tor network secret. Tor Browser protects its user’s identity online.

The Tor network is slow but secure. It’s the only network that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or governments can’t track. This makes it the ideal network through which dark web web pages can be accessed.

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CONTENTS

Not all dark web content is illegal or criminal. But most are. Although the dark web contains links to rare editions of full-text books, encrypted messaging services, whistleblower websites and classic movie collections, there is an endless supply of illicit goods for sale.

Naira Marley is involved in credit card fraud. Merchants sell cloned credit card numbers and pins for as little as $25. Hackers are also selling online banking credentials with a minimum balance of $2,000 for $120. Other illicit content available on the dark web for a price includes assault rifles, hard drugs, hacked Netflix accounts, hacked usernames and passwords, stolen cryptocurrency wallet keys and counterfeit money.

The FBI arrested Ross William Ulbricht and seized his laptop on October 1, 2013. Ulbricht was the host of a dark web page known as Silk Road, an underground drug market. A judge sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison for drug trafficking, hacking and money laundering in 2015.

The Silk Road generated approximately $1.2 billion in sales and $80 million in commissions for Ulbricht. On November 3, 2020, US law enforcement seized over $1 billion worth of digital currency on the Silk Road.

A more lucrative and illicit trade on the dark web involves ransomware. Sébastien Vachon-Desjardins, a resident of Quebec, Canada, was extradited to the United States in March for his involvement in a $27 million theft. From April to December 2020, Vachon-Desjardins compromised a protected computer and ransomware after spreading a sophisticated form of ransomware called NetWalker.

Roger Handberg, U.S. attorney representing the Central District of Florida, said that “Ransomware is a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise that transcends physical and political boundaries. International collaboration is key to identifying the perpetrators of these sophisticated schemes.”

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LEGALITY

Is the dark web illegal? The short answer is no’. No law in Nigeria and many other countries including the United States criminalizes the use of the dark web.

Citizens of countries with totalitarian laws like China often use the Tor browser to escape the watchful eyes of their government. This would make it illegal to surf a Tor network.

The main purpose of the dark web is anonymity. Credit card scammers and black market merchants are simply taking advantage of the secrecy of the dark web.

Although the dark web is not illegal per se, it is the ideal enclave for internet hackers and fraudsters.

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