Dark Web Kilos Search Engine Helps Users Find Hidden Markets
Kilos is a search engine primarily designed for the Dark Web. It launched in November 2019 and provides cybercriminals with a platform to find answers to their dark queries, search the Dark Web for services, and find the right person to deal with for all the wrong tasks. For example, if someone wants to trade Bitcoin secretly, they just need to type in the relevant keywords and the deed will be done.
According to researchers at Digital Shadows, Kilos is an evolved form of another infamous and now defunct search engine called Grams. Interestingly, the functionality of Grams and Kilos is almost identical to that of Google, as both use a unit-of-measure-based naming technique.
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FYI, Grams was introduced in April 2014 and its indexing feature was blocked by its administrators in December 2017. It has served both cybercriminals and researchers alike, but it was basically created to facilitate cybercriminals on the Dark Web market. He single-handedly eradicated many well-established cybercrime markets such as Wall St, Valhalla, AlphaBay, and Hansa.
Additionally, research reveals that as of November 2019, Kilos appears to have undergone considerable adjustments as it now indexes more platforms and is equipped with more search functions than Grams. For example, it now offers more features and is regularly updated to provide maximum security and anonymity to its users. In addition, it has an additional human element via CAPTCHA.
Kilos isn’t the first search engine to enable accessibility and search capabilities on the dark web, as services like TorLinks and Torch do the same job. However, Kilos is different due to its extensive filtering capabilities using which it can easily locate specific products in up to six different dark web markets.
However, according to Digital Shadow, Kilos offers a very advanced interface and it is equipped with many search features in addition to extensive filtering. Additionally, after its new update, the search engine offers faster searches and users can bid directly on ads while its Bitcoin beta mixer allows users to perform anonymous transactions. Moreover, it facilitates a live chat feature so that users can contact the site administrator directly.
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The only thing that is unclear is who will fund Kilos and how, with its homepage currently offering free ad credit, so we can assume that in the near future it will be funded by sellers’ ads and the market support. It remains to be seen whether the police can benefit from Kilos or not.