Directory servers serve as the table of contents for the dark web. In this video, Mike Chapple explains how directory services facilitate anonymized access to hidden websites.
- [Instructor] Directory servers play a crucial role … in the Tor network. … They serve as the central location … for storing the identity … of the nodes on the Tor network. … The identities of these directory servers … are hard-coded into the Tor browser, … and there are only a small handful … of them around the world. … Here is the current list of Tor directory servers … that were live when I filmed this course. … As you can see, there are only 10 of them, … and they're distributed around the world, … with varying levels of bandwidth … available to support Tor operations. … The sole purpose of directory servers … is to maintain information on the status … of each node on the Tor network. … The directory servers track … when nodes appear and disappear, … helping to ensure that the network … adds new nodes promptly, … and quickly drops unhealthy nodes from the network. … This work is vital to maintaining … the stability of the Tor network, … as an unhealthy node can quickly … disrupt communications for a large number of users. …
- What is the dark web and who uses it?
- The purpose of the Tor Browser
- Cryptography and perfect forward secrecy
- Installing the Tor Browser
- Accessing the standard internet with the Tor Browser
- Safeguarding privacy on Tor
- The role of hidden servers on the dark web
- Locating and accessing hidden websites
- Vulnerabilities in Tor