D2WFP: A Novel Protocol for Forensically Identifying, Extracting, and Analysing Deep and Dark Web Browsing Activities

by   Mohamed Chahine Ghanem, et al.

The use of the un-indexed web, commonly known as the deep web and dark web, to commit or facilitate criminal activity has drastically increased over the past decade. The dark web is an in-famously dangerous place where all kinds of criminal activities take place [1-2], despite advances in web forensics techniques, tools, and methodologies, few studies have formally tackled the dark and deep web forensics and the technical differences in terms of investigative techniques and artefacts identification and extraction. This research proposes a novel and comprehensive protocol to guide and assist digital forensics professionals in investigating crimes committed on or via the deep and dark web, The protocol named D2WFP establishes a new sequential approach for performing investigative activities by observing the order of volatility and implementing a systemic approach covering all browsing related hives and artefacts which ultimately resulted into improv-ing the accuracy and effectiveness. Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research has been conducted by assessing D2WFP following a scientifically-sound and comprehensive process in different scenarios and the obtained results show an apparent increase in the number of artefacts re-covered when adopting D2WFP which outperform any current industry or opensource browsing forensics tools. The second contribution of D2WFP is the robust formulation of artefact correlation and cross-validation within D2WFP which enables digital forensics professionals to better document and structure their analysis of host-based deep and dark web browsing artefacts.


page 2

page 13

page 14

page 15

page 17


The Dark Web Phenomenon: A Review and Research Agenda

The internet can be broadly divided into three parts: surface, deep and ...

Accountable Javascript Code Delivery

The Internet is a major distribution platform for applications, but ther...

Know thy corpus! Robust methods for digital curation of Web corpora

This paper proposes a novel framework for digital curation of Web corpor...

Robust web element identification for evolving applications by considering visual overlaps

Fragile (i.e., non-robust) test execution is a common challenge for auto...

Generating Interactive WebSocket Applications in TypeScript

Advancements in mobile device computing power have made interactive web ...

Learning to Represent Human Motives for Goal-directed Web Browsing

Motives or goals are recognized in psychology literature as the most fun...

Diagnosing Web Data of ICTs to Provide Focused Assistance in Agricultural Adoptions

The past decade has witnessed a rapid increase in technology ownership a...

Please sign up or login with your details

Forgot password? Click here to reset