Chapter 2: Galactic Dark Net
“DNA verified, Dark Web Entry Sequence activating.”
“Connection successful, accessing Galactic High Speed Internet. Initializing…”
“Setting initialized, accessing the Galactic Dark Net”
“Login success, welcome to the Galactic Dark Net”
The whole screen suddenly changed and opened a strange website shrouded by a dark atmosphere. There was a skull icon on the top of the page, with both sides showing the current connection speed and a slew of unknown numbers. In the center of the page, Galactic Dark Net was displayed in a large luminescent font, with an “Enter” button below it.
The Galactic Dark Net?!
Han was shocked. He was well versed in computers, so he had heard about the dark net.
In simple words, the dark net comprises a deeper level of the internet, and contains all the hidden websites and data within the internet. Just like an iceberg, the tip represents the websites that you can find through a traditional search engine, whereas the rest below the water is where the dark net is. Normal people can’t access them and most don’t even know the existence of the dark net. Even if they do, without the proper software, authorization, and help of expert hackers, it is almost impossible to access them.
And that is not all. The most fascinating part about the dark net is that it has no regulations. Things like drugs, firearms, bioweapons and everything else that are prohibited by law are all traded openly on the dark net. No search engine can pick up the data hosted on them, and not even the undercover police can do anything about it because every post is anonymous due to software that can change the IP addresses up to hundreds of times every second. So, if someone wants to track a dark net site in the long term, they will require a lot of resources and labor. Even then, all efforts are most likely in vain.
Last year, there was a case involving the dark net that gathered the world’s attention. A dark web site called the Greyscale Grid had sent location and security details of all the cash carrying armored vans of major cities to the criminals with super powers. These outlaws then proceeded to rob these armored vans and it was reported that they paid a portion of the loot to the host of Greyscale Grid.
Furthermore, it wasn’t just money they robbed, but also women, art, jewellery, anything valuable or fun. There was another incident instigated by Greyscale Grid where a female Hollywood celebrity was kidnapped by these people, and she was forced to shoot sex tapes which were then sold on the dark net. Then, a rich old psycho found these people, paid them a ton of money and demanded to see this celebrity killed on tape. The celebrity was raped and murdered on camera, with the video broadcasted live. This murder was truly an example of the lawless and unethical nature of the dark net.
Of course this horrible incident enraged the world, but the United Government does not have the ability to monitor or investigate anything that happens in the dark net. Instead, they set a bounty of $1,000,000,000 UC and hired a team of elite hackers, some who were among the top in the world. The case was finally solved but with only two criminals being arrested, and the rest disappearing into thin air.
After the case, Han had heard that the hackers that helped the police only did because they had grudges against the founder of Greyscale Grid. The hackers also run a similar website as Greyscale Grid but lost a lot of its business to it, so if it wasn’t because of the conflicts between the two criminal groups, the police wouldn’t have been even close to solving the case.
The story didn’t end there. The top 12 websites’ founders in the dark net world were disgusted to see these hackers helping the police, so they soon hired elite assassins and murdered them all the following night.
After the three events, even at the cost of countless lives, no foothold in the dark net was made. It was still as unfathomable and mysterious as before, operating under its own dark shroud.
What mother left behind is actually a dark net pass, not just the measly dark net on earth, but one that spreads through the entirety of the galaxy! The most infamous criminals and hackers in the galaxy are concentrated in this lawless world of dark net!
Excitement came after shock, and doubt came after excitement. Han didn’t understand why his mother had left him with such thing? Could she be a hacker? Staring at mother’s portrait on the wall, regardless, mother is the one that showered him with selfless warmth and love. Whether she was a hacker, does it really matter? Now that his mother had left him with the Galactic Dark Net (GDN) pass, he must make good use of it and not disappoint her. At that moment, Han lightly clicked on the “enter” button.
According to the rules of dark net, even if Han logged onto the GDN, if he wants to enter the different stores or websites on the GDN, he still needs corresponding galactic IP addresses and invitation. But of course, not all websites have that rule. Some of the newly established websites and stores were desperate for more views, and GDN can help direct some traffic to their websites and increase publicity.
“Do you have a need for the Spider series’ mental potions? Torture potions, hallucination potions, combination potions, paradise potions, etc.”
“Laser weapons on sale! Missiles and nuclear weapons as well, buy two get one free!”
“Sexy female slave from the Bai Shawa Planet, you deserve it!”
“Professional killer, does not discriminate between men, women, and children. If I can’t kill, I will return triple the cost!”
Han looked at the market place’s advertisements and couldn’t help but shake his head. This is the Galactic Dark Net after all, the level of insanity is way beyond Earth’s dark net.
Han randomly clicked open a female slave sale ad and the page quickly changed, into a site with many monitoring videos, each with the camera directed to a female slave. These slaves are locked in small prisons, in revealing clothing, accentuating their irresistible bodies. The design of this website was very “humane”. The customers were given the ability to command the slaves of their choosing, such as telling them to take a spin to display their bodies, or strip naked and perform some perverted action.
To buy a normal slave would cost anywhere between five thousand to ten thousand Galactic Currency (GC), and any rare species or noble class slaves can cost up to several hundred thousand GC. Other than buying, you can also rent, which is separated into short-term and long-term rent. All slaves wear real-time monitors on their wrist, and if masters want to torture their slaves, they just have to pay more. The most inhumane thing is that slaves can also be sold in parts: a kidney is worth 3500 GC, the heart was a bit more expensive, 4200 GC, and buying three or more body parts together can qualify the buyer for a discount.
How cruel. The oldest of the slaves are only in their late 20s, and the young ones are still children, all wearing an electric ring around their neck and locked away in small cages. So pitiful and miserable, living lives under the despair that no one else can imagine.
Although there were many attractive girls among the slaves, Han decided to leave this website and headed onto another store that focused on selling firearms and ammunition.