With news relating to the alleged leaks of classified data currently dominating headlines, we thought it would be appropriate to share how this sort of classified intelligence is often found on the darknet.
Designed specifically for anonymity, the darknet sees its fair share of users seeking classified information for a variety of reasons. From specs on government software and military weapons to whether or not UFOs exist, users take to the darknet to find and/or share this information. Read on to see some of the top darknet resources for classified information.
Perhaps the most obvious darknet site to which users go to find government data, the darknet version of the infamous WikiLeaks Archive was established by supporters of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. The organization "specializes in the analysis and publication of large datasets of censored or otherwise restricted official materials involving war, spying and corruption." The archive features documents and twitter feeds of interest.
Though somewhat dated, another darknet site that is a comprehensive archive of government intelligence information is Cryptome. The last document posted on Cryptome is from 2013, but hidden service remains online as a source of a variety of dated, classified information.
Intelligence Buyer (Jacky)
Our analyst stumbled upon Jacky-Intel’s Intelligence Buyer site. This looks like a one man operation that offers to purchase government intelligence information in exchange for bitcoins. The “jacky-intel” handle was also recently spotted in our OWL Vision database, in a forum archive asking if anyone had any classified information they wanted to share.
The Black Vault (Surface Net)
Though it is a surface net site, another interesting source is The Black Vault, which features mountains of declassified information, including data on varying programs across the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence community.
Who is looking for classified information?
While Jacky is possibly an intelligence analyst turned entrepreneur looking to broker the exchange of interesting intelligence information for competing countries, who would be interested in such data?
We know that Tor contains a virtual community of conspiracy theorists expounding on the existence of UFOs, government-led human experimentation, advanced technologies and more. OWL Vision results indicate that there is also a user base of hacktivists interested in technology-related intelligence on the darknet.
Recently, the Tor site, Hidden Answers also reveled a few active seekers of such data. While there was not necessarily an intent to purchase, responses point the requestor to surface net sites wikileaks.org and theintercept.com for such information, in addition to the darknet's Hidden Wiki and a darknet site on political-related content.