Practical Dark Web Hunting using Automated Scripts
2022-08-12, 11:00–12:30 (US/Pacific), Workshops (Virtual)

How can you effectively hunt data from the dark web using scripts? How can you circumvent scraping defenses on the dark web? If you are curious about the answers to these questions and want to learn how to effectively write automated scripts for this task, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you will learn why collecting data from the dark web is essential, how you can create your tools & scripts, and automate your scripts for effective collection. The workshop's primary focus will be on circumventing defenses put by forums on the dark web against scraping.

The workshop will start by taking everyone over why we should focus on the dark web for research and why it is important to collect data from the dark web. We will explore the importance of data collection with some examples. The second part of the workshop will cover some dark web OSINT tools that one can use to start with dark web data collection/hunting. Attendees will learn how these tools work and what different categories of these dark web OSINT tools one can utilize in their research. The third part of the workshop will cover tools and libraries to create your dark web hunting platform. We will explore writing code and automating dark web data collection. This part includes a live lab demo and code explanation. The workshop will end with a few tips on OpSec practices and resources to start with dark web hunting.

Takeaways from the workshop:

  1. Understanding why darkerb research is important
  2. Darkweb OSINT tools collection to start your research
  3. Basic understanding of automated dark web data hunting
  4. Python Codebase to start with your dark web data collection

Apurv Singh Gautam works as a Threat Researcher at Cyble. He commenced work in Threat Intel 3 years ago. He works on hunting threats from the surface and dark web by utilizing OSINT, SOCMINT, and HUMINT. He is passionate about giving back to the community and has already conducted several talks and seminars at conferences like SANS, Defcon, BSides, local security meetups, schools, and colleges. He loves volunteering with Station X to help students make their way in Cybersecurity. He looks forward to the end of the day to play and stream one of the AAA games Rainbow Six Siege.