The Dark Web is shrinking

Due to the recent hack of Freedom Housing II, the Dark Web has shrunk with about 85%. While the previous OnionScan report showed 30.000 Dark Web services, today are about 4.400 left.

The Freedom Hosting II hack has taken place in February has took down about 20% of the Dark Web, but since then, the number of such websites started to decrease. After this, OnionScan reported that many Dark Net services were offline. Another reason for this decrease is the fact that the SIGAINT, the email client that provided anonymous email exchanges has been taken offline.

This is how the Onion sphere looks like in March 2017, according to OnionScan:

  • HTTP Detected – ~4000
  • TLS Detected – ~250 (In line with previous counts, unaffected by FHII)
  • SSH Detected – ~270 (much lower, mostly due to the FHII hack)
  • FTP Detected – < 10 (much lower, probably due to FHII)
  • SMTP Detected – < 100
  • VNC Detected – < 10
  • Bitcoin Nodes Detected – ~220 (much higher, likely because of better bitcoin capability in OnionScan)

Due to the fact that some hidden services were misconfigured a thousand unique IP addresses have been leaked.

As you may know, the Dark Web websites use .onion domains (which are not actually domain names) and are accessible only via Tor. All the .onion traffic is managed by Tor servers, in order to provide anonymity for the users.

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