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The Hidden Wiki is the name of several[1] censorship-resistant wikis operating as Tor hidden services that anyone can anonymously edit after registering on the site. The main page serves as a directory of links to other .onion sites.

History

The first Hidden Wiki was operated through the .onion pseudo top-level domain which can be accessed only by using Tor or a Tor gateway.[2] Its main page provided a community-maintained link directory to other hidden services, including links claiming to offer money laundering, contract killing, cyber-attacks for hire, contraband chemicals, and bomb making. The rest of the wiki was essentially uncensored as well and also offered links to sites hosting child pornography and abuse images.[3]

The earliest mention of the hidden wiki is from 2007 when it was located at 6sxoyfb3h2nvok2d.onion.[4]

A well known iteration of the Hidden Wiki was founded some time before October 2011, coming to prominence with its associations with illegal content.[5]

At some point prior to August 2013, the site was hosted on Freedom Hosting.[6]

In March 2014 the site and its kpvz7ki2v5agwt35.onion domain was hacked and redirected to Doxbin.[7] Following this event, the content began to be mirrored to more locations. During Operation Onymous in November 2014, after its Bulgarian hosting was compromised, the site served a message from law enforcement.[8]

Mirrors

There are several .onion websites hosting mirrors and forks of the Hidden Wiki, as such there is no longer one single official Hidden Wiki.[1] Many are hosted for accessibility reasons, due to frequent downtime and instability of the main wiki, while others were launched in order to filter links to child pornography.[9][10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b DeepDotWeb (15 November 2015). "The Hidden Wiki Seized (Old Domain)". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Gallagher, Sean (23 October 2011). "Anonymous takes down darknet child porn site on Tor network". Ars Technica. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Christopher (27 October 2011). "The Hidden Wiki: an internet underworld of child abuse". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Karsten. "Length of new onion addresses". Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  5. ^ Williams, Christopher (24 October 2011). "Anonymous hacktivists target child abuse websites". Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Howell O'Neill, Patrick (4 August 2013). "An in-depth guide to Freedom Hosting, the engine of the Dark Net". Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Hidden Wiki Hacked, WikiTor Fills The Gap". DeepDotWeb. March 14, 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  8. ^ DeepDotWeb (15 November 2014). "The Hidden Wiki Seized (Old Domain)". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Millanta, Luke (6 May 2013). "Peeling the Onion: A look at the Tor Project". PC Authority. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Mead, Derek (12 March 2014). "A Hacker Scrubbed Child Porn Links from the Dark Web's Most Popular Site". VICE Motherboard. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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