The Internet is a great place to find just about everything. But where do you go when what you’re looking for is an assault rifle or a couple ounces of heroin?
Say hello to the Dark Net, a part of the Internet that you won’t find unless you’re really looking for it. This secret web came about during the Internet’s infancy, back when the latter was still known as ARPANET.
The modern versions of the Dark Net are only accessible by using anonymizing software—TOR for example—which allows you to lurk the depths of the net while hiding your identity and location.
Links to Dark Net websites have very difficult addresses and tend to be there one day and gone the next. As a result, Grams was created. Grams is the first Dark Net search engine. It was built to scour eight indexed sites, including SilkRoad2— the rebirth of the popular online drug marketplace—Agora, and Pandora (no, not the radio app).
Grams’s creator, known as gramsadmin spoke to Wired and said that he developed the entire site on his own after he noticed that people on Reddit were "constantly asking" how to find reliable sellers.
“I wanted to make it easy for people to find things they wanted on the Dark Net and figure out who was a trustworthy vendor,” he told the magazine.
Aesthetically the site looks just like Google. Gramsadmin even said that he or she is looking to incorporate a version of AdSense, which Google uses to target specific products to potential buyers.
In all likelihood, Grams is breaking the law, something that actually makes it more of a Google clone . In 2011, Google was hit with a $500 million fine for returning links to illegal online pharmacies.
We can’t tell you how to access Grams, but like anything on the Internet, we’re pretty sure you’re just one Google search away.
Julian Reyes is a VR Producer for Fusion.