Dark Web search engine Kilos lets users find hidden marketplaces

The kilos search engine can be accessed through the Tor browser but not everyone is talking positively about it. Here’s why.

Kilos is a search engine that’s primarily been designed for the Dark Web. It was launched in November 2019 and provides cybercriminals a platform to find answers to their dark queries, search for services on the Dark Web and find the right person to deal with for all the wrong tasks. Such as, if someone wants to deal with Bitcoin secretly, they only have to type 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 functionalities of Grams and Kilos are almost identical to that of Google such as both employ a naming technique based on units of measure. 

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For your information, Grams was introduced in April 2014 and its indexing feature was blocked by its admins in December 2017. It served both cybercriminals and researchers but essentially it was created to facilitate cyber criminals on the Dark Web marketplace. It singlehandedly scraped many well-established cybercriminal marketplaces such as Wall St, Valhalla, AlphaBay and Hansa.

Moreover, research reveals that from November 2019 onwards, Kilos seems to has undergone considerable tweaking as it indexes more platforms now and is equipped with more search functions than Grams. Such as, it now offers more features and is getting regularly updated to offer maximum security and anonymity to its users. Also, is has an added human element through CAPTCHA.

Homepage of Kilos search engine

Kilos isn’t the first search engine to allow accessibility and searching capabilities across the dark web as services like TorLinks and Torch perform the same job. However, Kilos is different because of its wide-ranged filtering capabilities using which it can easily locate precise products from as many as six different dark web marketplaces. 

However, according to Digital Shadow, Kilos offer a highly advanced interface, and it is equipped with many search features apart from extensive filtering. Furthermore, after its new update, the search engine offers faster searches and users can directly bid on listings while its beta Bitcoin mixer lets the users carry out anonymized transactions. Additionally, it facilitates a live chat feature so that users can contact the site’s admin directly.

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The only thing unclear is who will fund Kilos and how as its home page currently offers advertising credit for free, so we can assume that in the near future it will be funded through seller ads and market support. Whether law enforcement can benefit from Kilos or not, it remains to be seen.

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