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Most people steer well clear of the dark web – it’s the internet’s version of the underworld that a lot of people are perfectly content knowing absolutely nothing about.

But obviously there are a lot of people who do browse on there and some of the stuff they see is chilling, to say the least.

A hacker with over 30 years of experience of sneaking into software and doing deep dives into data previously revealed the scariest things he has ever come across on the dark web.

He started off by recalling some ‘destructive attackers’ who ‘want to see the world burn’ – so you can already get the gist of what sort of content is on there.

The anonymous man explained he once considered himself a ‘black hat’ of the web, meaning he wasn’t bound by any kind of ethical code and was most likely motivated by malicious intent.

The hacker revealed some of the chilling things he has seen on the dark web. Credit: VICE

But now, he has changed his headwear and dubs himself a ‘white hat’ – a group of internet Good Samaritans who claim to work to improve the greater good, are bound by the law and are often tasked to find weak spots in security software.

The bloke explained that his new role involves searching for vulnerabilities in systems that could pose a ‘significant risk’.

The hacker told VICE in 2021: “I also do things like hunt the criminals who are targeting hospitals or who are targeting the businesses that I’m looking out for.”

Speaking about ransomware – a malicious software designed to block someone’s access to a computer system – the mystery man said: “It is an attack technique that’s been around for decades.

“Modern ransomware is usually a piece of malware that gets on your system, encrypts all of your data and then holds that hostage demanding that you contact the gangs that are operating it, paying them in some form of currency before they’ll give you the key that decrypts your data.”

He now considers himself a 'white hat' who doesn't use his tech abilties for malicious intent. Credit: VICE
He now considers himself a ‘white hat’ who doesn’t use his tech abilties for malicious intent. Credit: VICE

Just like the rest of us, there are some times when his job gets really tough – except this fella has got a lot more at stake due to the fact he’s dealing with the dark web.

Speaking about some of the things he’s witnessed, he continued: “I’ve watched hospitals get encrypted and people are left with a choice: do I pay to decrypt the data or do I risk lives?”

He went on to explain how hacking has changed over the years: “Back when it started ransomware was charging hundreds of dollars, maybe thousands of dollars for individual targets.

“The bigger payouts that we’re talking about now are easily into the tens of millions. This last, most recent attack, they offered $70 million dollars for the campaign key, which is the key that would have unlocked every single computer encrypted during that attack. So we’re talking high-stakes games here.”

Speaking about what the future will hold, he said: “I don’t think we have to worry too much about our nuclear arsenal being taken over movie style and used against us. But I do think we have to worry about major impacts to financial markets or potential impacts to things like electricity production facilities.”

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