The Hidden Wiki is a site that contains links to various Hidden Services available on the Dark Web. As you can see in the screenshot taken below in figure, this is a snippet of the main page for the Hidden Wiki. The original Hidden Wiki was created a little before October of 2011 and was only accessible via Tor.
It was ran through a .onion pseudo-top-level domain. A pseudo top-level domain is a domain that doesn’t participate in the official DNS.
Around August of 2013, the site became hosted on Freedom Hosting, which was one of the largest web hosting services used by these Hidden Services at the time.
The Dark Web
The Dark Web is an area that resides on the Deep Web. Several people confuse the Deep Web and the Dark Web thinking they are the same thing. This is definitely not the case. The Dark Web is mainly accessed via a software client called Tor, which will be discussed in more detail later in this paper. Tor is a special browser that allows you to navigate the Dark Web. One popular use of the Dark Web is in relation to malware.
Hidden Services on the Dark Web are used to provide a variety of services to users of the Dark Web, while the users identities remain anonymous. Some of the categories of services that are offered are Financial, Communications, Commerce, News, Pornography, Search Engines, File Storage, and Hidden Service Directories and Portals. There are specific services associated with these categories.
For example, if you wanted to use some Financial Hidden Services, you could use Bitcoin Fog or Bit Blender. The use of Communications Hidden Services could be taken advantage of by using Tor Chat or Rise Up. There are several Hidden Services for Commerce as well. This is usually associated with the Darknet Market. An example of a couple of Commerce Hidden Services are Assassination Market and Alpha Bay Market.