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The Dark Web Is On The Rise In South Africa

According to current metrics published by Tor, the daily dark web users in South Africa has increased to 8000 users per day. This involves activities such as purchasing drugs from darknet markets, visiting child porn sites, carding forums, and so on.

In order to prevent the increase of dark web users and to track down those who use this side of the net, the local police in South Africa are teaming up with and trained by law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, in order to track down the dark net users of the country. However, they had no success in such activities so far.

The head of the Electronic Crime Unit of the Hawks, Brigadier Piet Pieterse stated that it is nearly impossible to monitor dark web users in South Africa. He made this statement:

“I think it’s extremely difficult to establish exactly what they are doing on the Dark Web.”

The ”rising threat” of the increasing dark net users was brought to attention by the South African Police Service (SAPS) last year. That was the time when the South African government has decided to provide extensive training to the local police.

“It is difficult to locate perpetrators or monitor this web because of the anonymity,” stated Pieterse, describing their situation.

“Unlike the FBI, we can’t go into the Dark Web and pose as buyers or seller of drugs, for example, to catch the criminals. We work with intelligence we gather.”

Pieterse also said that it is pretty easy for a South African to access the dark web and stay hidden: “Provided you know how to get access, one can easily conduct illegal activities.”

A cyber forensics expert and managing director of Cyanre (a computer forensics lab), Danny Myburgh, states the fact that South Africans have become increasingly active on the dark web.

“It’s becoming a bigger threat because more people know about it and it has become the ‘hip thing’ to do,” said Myburgh.

Myburgh has formerly been the head of the cyber crime investigation unit of the SAPS, however, he stated that during that three years, not a single South African was arrested for doing illegal activities on the dark net. He also stated:

“This dark corner of the internet is a playground for people that want to be rebels and deal drugs, child pornography, piracy or human trafficking.”

Symantec Cyber Security has conducted a report about dark web users and South Africa was included in the top three countries, along with Russia and China.

Manuel Corregedor, operations manager of Wolfpack Information Risk has made this statement:

“The necessary structures required to prevent, detect and respond to cyber threats in South Africa are not in place. There are projects under way to address these shortcomings – but not enough progress is being made.”

According to Corregedor, South Africans have increasingly become more aware of their online privacies:

“For example, companies such as Facebook allow access to their services via the Dark Web due to the increased demand.”

“We also receive reports from South Africans who become victims on the Dark Web. One such example was where a woman was being blackmailed by her daughter’s boyfriend, who posted naked pictures of her on the Dark Web along with her address, contact numbers and ID/passport numbers.”

The Department of Justice published the Cybercrimes and Cyber Security Bill to tighten legislation around cyber crime two months ago. The draft bill seeks to introduce a range of new offenses with explicit penalties. According to Corregedor, the bill is a step in the right direction.

“However, it is not a ‘silver bullet’; we still lack the skills to catch cyber criminals,” said Corregedor.

 

17 comments

  1. maybe they should be more concerned with the rape and violence that the country is rife with than “cybercrime”

    • anonymous

      I agree; this is entirely US Government’s fault for encouraging such impossible activity to detect TOR user in South Africa. The SA Government should be more concern with violence and rape rather than drugs (which is our personal choice, not the Governments).

      South Africa is too stupid to do anything useful when shilling for US Governments.

      • Anonymous Coward

        South Africa was a rather good country until whites were forced out of power.

        Same will happen with all western countries, till the last one.

        Brace for happening and get yourselves a place in the mountains, it will be necessary for your children and grandchildren until things stabilize again and society can be rebuilt from the ashes.

        Mine’s got a small patch of poppies already. lol

      • heeeeeeeeeeeeey

  2. I agree; this is entirely US Government’s fault for encouraging such impossible activity to detect TOR user in South Africa. The SA Government should be more concern with violence and rape rather than drugs (which is our personal choice, not the Governments).

    South Africa is too stupid to do anything useful when shilling for US Governments.

  3. This is my favorite part: ” “Unlike the FBI, we can’t go into the Dark Web and pose as buyers or seller of drugs, for example, to catch the criminals. We work with intelligence we gather.”

    In other words the South African courts don’t permit entrapment as do the Americans. It’s nice to see a country progress from apartheid to better civil rights than America.

    When the U.S does bust a darkmarket user it is absolutely ridiculous the amount of resources, cooperation and money that goes into it.

    It’s also funny how some paranoid, moronic whiteboy nationalist, aptly named anonymous coward, turns every article into a theme about the destruction of whitey. Get a life you looser. News flash: your problems are of your own creation, not some conspiracy against your race.

    • Anonymous Coward

      Entrapment was not allowed in South Africa much before the end of the Apartheid, indeed, that is part of the British Common Law.

      South Africa has gone down the drain, and further down it will go until it returns back to its prehistoric roots. So, no human presence from 800 miles of Cape Town. All it takes is for the remaining whitey to be eaten and then the rest of the remaining infrastructure will crumble.

      Why so much hate in your heart, nigga? Whitey didn’t give you enough bling to impress whitey bitches? Have you found your daddy yet?

      • Actually your white gf sat on my black dick. Check out your babies skin tone when he / she is born.

      • Funny you should say it is he with hate in his heart when you preach racism. You preach it when it bears no relation to an article topic.

        I’m sure you reside in the U.S.. Caucasians will soon be a minority there. There is nothing you can do to stop it. It is a simple statistical fact. What will the poor anonymous coward do then. Your grand children will be interbreeding with brown people and you can’t stop it. Poor coward. It’s OK.

        • Anonymous Coward

          Look at who is talking about wanting to racemix.

          Why do you want to fuck white girls? You don’t like black girls? lol

          Look at who is commemorating that Whites will be a minority in their own countries.

          That is racism, you hate whitey, but you crave their women.

          Is that the best you can do, nigga?

  4. Howzit
    I’m planning on establish a dot onion presence for my already functioning online business.
    Can saffies using Tor please indicate which market(s) they prefer using? I currently use ruggedinbox.com, which has a .onion.sale gateway/server and my username is darknetsa.
    Nuff said

  5. I dont think anyone does it cuz its the “hip thing to do”
    I dont know about you, but i use it because I don’t like being watched and like my drugs mailed to me, less social interaction and what little there is, is very fucking professional.

  6. I think the darknet is the same as the normal web it just creates a safer interaction between the sellers and the buyers…. It’s also creating a very professional service to its users because a vendor’s reputation is only as good as his feedback and you have to provide a decent product and service to get that! I think it’s really a case of where there’s a will there’s a way…. If people want something badly enough they will find a way to get it using the tools they have – wether there’s a black web or not!

  7. Hi guys im looking everywhere to find hidden links on dark web for south africa cant find any. Any help maybe?

  8. I think it is pedantic and scandalous to label people who merely respect their (and other’s) privacy by using browsers such as Tor “rebels drug dealers and child pornography distributors etc…” Yes, there are dark things going on on the Deep Web, but so are their on the Clearnet (Internet)….and in your town…and on the fucking corner right around the corner of your office. Go catch someone worthy of prison, you idiot. And what the fuck do you want to know what I do on the Internet anyway? Its none of your fucking business. It is BECAUSE of organizations such as those you work for that PRIVACY is not a democratic right anymore, and your misplaced fear of threat from everyone is a pain in the arse, especially in South Africa. Go jail Zuma and his corrupt cronies fisrt and then go after the law-abiding citizens minding their own business.

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