Dark Side of the Dark Web
In 2015, The Kasur child sexual abuse scandal surfaced national media and brought shame for the concerned law enforcement institutions working in Kasur.
According to the national media, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has hunted down three men who are allegedly involved in uploading and selling child pornographic content online. Keeping in view the rise of such online crimes, the agency has proposed the setting up of a fully equipped 'cyber patrol wing' at its headquarters to unearth other such cases in the country. Despite such uproar in national media about child abuse and pornography events in Kasur and other parts of country, strangely enough there is no wing of any agency in Pakistan working full time to track down the suspects involved in selling or uploading pornographic material online.
In 2015, The Kasur child sexual abuse scandal surfaced national media and brought shame for the concerned law enforcement institutions working in Kasur and the callous behavior of the government. The scandal started with the discovery of hundreds of video clips showing children performing forced sex acts. Several Pakistani media organizations estimated that 280 to 300 children, most of them male, were victims of sexual abuse. The scandal involved an organized crime ring that sold child pornography to porn sites, and blackmailed and extorted relatives of the victims.
The matter was slipping into oblivion from the national conscious, the latest Zainab rape & murder case took place Kasur which refresh the memories of Kasur scandal. National media informed that the culprits have not yet been brought to book in that case. Furthermore, Dr Shahid Masood's allegations thrilled the nation in the said case. Dr Shahid Masood said that the alleged murderer of Kasur's 7-year-old Zainab is part of an international racket and bears 37 bank accounts.
Doctor Shahid Masoods claimed that Imran Ali the accused in Zainab rape and murder case was an active member of some international racket involved in producing and sharing violent child pornography over dark web. For the first time, dark web or darknet came into fore in the society. This claim triggered unmatched curiosity among the masses to know about the dark web.
Their curiosity led people to the Google for searching “dark web”, “what is dark web”, “dark web sites” and “deep web”. The Google Trend is a public web service that indicates how often a particular search-term is entered on Google search bar. Interestingly 5 years Google Trend's data shows no such search made by Pakistanis but after Kasur incident and anchorperson's revelation suddenly curiosity was developed among the masses to know more about dark web.
Dark web is a part of the deep web which is invisible or hidden web. However, these are parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard web search engines for any reason. Contrary to the deep web, we are well aware about the surface web, which is accessible to anyone using the Internet. In 2001 Computer scientist Michael K. Bergman coined the term deep web as a search indexing term. It can be assumed that the deep web is growing exponentially at a rate that cannot be quantified.
It is informative to learn that the content of the deep web is hidden behind HTML forms, and includes many very common uses such as web mail, online banking and services that users must pay for, and which is protected by a paywall, such as video on demand, some online magazines and newspapers, and many more. We can locate the content of the deep web with the help of a direct URL or IP address, and it may require password or other security access past the public website page.