A recent report from analytics firm Gartner has suggested that the world’s web is becoming a place where anyone with a smartphone can access illicit information.
In the article titled “A Year on the Dark Web,” Gartners analyst David J. Binder noted that in 2016 there were more than 100 million webpages hosted on the dark web, which was the term for the web’s hidden sections that aren’t accessible to the general public.
The dark web is defined as the section of the web that’s off limits to anyone who isn’t a moderator or administrator of a website.
Binder said this data is useful because it allows a user to check the status of any webpage.
He said that in the United States, for example, the number of dark web pages is increasing at a rapid rate, with a total of 5,929,000 in 2016.
Dark web pages are also used by drug traffickers to host their websites, and some websites have also been hacked in recent months.
The most recent breach, for instance, was linked to a Russian-language website called Dark Web, which has over 5 million unique visitors per month.
The article goes on to say that the number one reason for the rise of the dark net is the rise in data protection laws.
Binders research found that over half of all dark web users have never received a legal notice when they’ve done something illegal, meaning they’re not subject to criminal penalties for their actions.
According to Binder, the most popular reasons for dark web access in 2016 was to sell illegal drugs or sell child pornography.
The article also says that more than 90 percent of the data on the black market is being hosted on dark web sites.
Binder also pointed out that dark web services are also the source of the largest portion of the global internet traffic, which is estimated at more than 10 billion.
This data is critical for researchers to monitor the dark internet and to identify emerging threats.
Dark web services, he noted, are not easily accessible from a smartphone, making it impossible for researchers and security researchers to track the activity of criminals and criminals using the darknet.