"I've observed a prevailing misconception surrounding the Dark Web" - Interview with Goce Stevanoski

September 8, 2023
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How did you first become aware of the dark web, and what sparked your interest in it?

My interest in the various threats and approaches to securing cyberspace began in the late 2000s, but it truly deepened in 2012 when I participated in a comprehensive four-week cybersecurity training program as part of my professional development. During this training, The Dark Web was discussed on several occasions, but what truly captivated me was the infamous Silk Road case. For those familiar with this case, it marked one of the first and most significant dark markets to be seized by the FBI. The entire narrative surrounding this online marketplace fascinated me as it illustrated the dual nature of the Dark Web, providing anonymity while also serving as a breeding ground for criminal activities that could operate without detection.

From a cybersecurity standpoint, what precautions should one take when exploring the dark web? 

While the Tor Network offers anonymity and privacy, an individual's actions are the critical factors that, if not approached with care, can inadvertently disclose information about their location, profile, and intentions. Therefore, it is essential for someone seeking anonymity on the Tor Network to undergo proper training in utilizing the tools designed to ensure it. An uninformed approach to online activities can jeopardize a person's privacy and their digital infrastructure.

To achieve success on the Dark Net, individuals must exercise caution to avoid revealing any information that could potentially lead to their identification. It is advisable always to employ a....

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