The Marianas Web: The Darkest Place On The Internet?

According to Internet folklore, the Marianas Web is a mysterious region of the Internet available to only a select few It is allegedly so structurally complex that it has become a hotbed of grotesque and illicit activities, because users cannot be tracked

Some say that its impenetrable security means that most state secrets are stored here, from the location of Atlantis and the Holy Grail, to the untold histories of the Vatican Others argue that it is now the favored communication network for the Illuminati Is there any truth in these allegations? The deep web describes the parts of the Internet that are not indexed by search engines, such as Google These secretive pages account for an astonishing 96% of the World Wide Web Deep web activity is extremely hard to trace

Unsurprisingly, this means much of it is dedicated to illegal activities including sex crimes, child slavery and international drug dealing A 2016 study by the University of Norwich estimated that over $100,000,000 is generated on the deep web every year Yet, the Marianas Web requires delving even further into the Internet’s dark possibilities Named after the darkest and deepest part of the ocean – the Marianas Trench – the term denotes a mysterious region of the web According to popular Internet culture, it harbors evil

Its advocates claim that it is the fifth of the legendary eight levels of the Internet Levels 0 to 2 cover websites that are accessible using a conventional web browser Levels 3 and 4 are currently accessible through deep web browsers like Tor Level 5 requires a network of quantum computers with software architecture that can store and process information on artificially modified photons Quantum computers allow particles to exist in two states simultaneously

This structural instability means that the Marianas Web would be impossible for hackers to penetrate Given the horrifying depths of the existing deep web, the possibilities opened by Marianas Web are chilling to consider Online bloggers, like Carine Benji, have long thought the so-called “shell web” may unlock the secrets of Marianas Web This allegedly consists of closed shell systems, which have the web address extension “clos”

Since they are all LAN connections, it is impossible to track what goes on without manual access The Marianas Web could theoretically be run on a system like this In 2014 The Washington Post reported the NSA is currently developing a quantum computer Disturbingly, their evidence suggests this device could crack all algorithms, effectively controlling all levels of the Internet through automated hacking Their dossier comes from documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

These reveal the project is being funded by government operation “Penetrating Hard Targets” To date, Washington has funnelled over $79 million into the project Importantly, these developments show that despite the risks posed by the Marianas Web, the hardware it requires does not yet exist In 2014, Professor Ian Walmsley from the University of Oxford said that it “is a real possibility, but it is not going to happen next week” Therefore, any risks the Marianas Web might pose are entirely hypothetical

Indeed, it is almost impossible to trace individuals and their activities over the current deep web Given this, is there enough incentive to spend millions developing an alternative browser? It is also interesting that the history of the idea is unknown Most of what is said about Marianas Web comes from forum-based hypothesising Many technology bloggers say speculation on the topic is pointless until technology exists that could make it a reality It also seems unlikely there are more than about three levels of the Internet

The normal web as we use it, the Deep Web and its dark corners, and a layer of servers and maintenence networks Simply put, the Marianas Web is too deep to exist It is certain that the advent of quantum computers will open new opportunities for the Internet, perhaps even the so-called “Mariana’s Web” However, given the enormous costs in developing this technology, and corresponding hardware, it is unlikely that it will have a user base large enough to become the darkest place on the web The Washington Post’s leaked revelations show that suspicions Mariana’s Web already exists, are simply wrong

So, while it may one day be the darkest place on the Internet, it is still too early to speculate

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