A "Google from the dark web" to search among dark Internet entrails, where you can buy weapons, drugs, or credit card codes. This is a tool that has been developed a French start-up …. which should not fall into the wrong hands.
"We have made an inventory of almost everything & # 39; dark web & # 39; ", said Céline Haéri, one of the founders Aleph Networks near Lyon, in the heart of the French wine region Beaujolais.
Aleph said he had refused 30% and 40% of requests license, based on recommendations from the ethics committee and advice from government clients.
A similar device cannot fall into the wrong hands. Furthermore, in a totalitarian regime, resistance is often organized within "dark web", show her husband and Aleph general director Nicolas Hernández.
Most web users have never dared to go beyond the boundaries of sites that are easily found accessed through ordinary web search.
But people who are looking for anonymity can access this dark universe through easily available programs such as TI have an Onion Router (TOR) or I2P.
But there, you can't go further if you don't have the exact address of the page you're looking for, which is a sequence of random and long numbers and letters ending in ".onion" or ".i2p".
As Google or Chrome, Aleph is a search engine that indexes internet pages on 70 different languages. In five years startup has identified 450 million documents at 140,000 sites.
When Céline Haeri use your software to search for "Glock" and "bitcoin" Immediately several sites appeared where German weapons were sold in virtual currencies that were theoretically impossible to trace.
Search for Cesium 137, radioactive elements that can be used to make a "dirty" nuclear bomb, reveals 87 sites in & # 39; dark web & # 39; where can be bought, while other pages explain how to make explosives or homemade bazookas.
He and his childhood friend created this company. Initially they collected $ 228,000, but will be closed several times before finding enthusiastic clients: the military.
"The general direction of weapons and technology for the French army found us." Two days after the attack on Charlie Hebdo They asked us for a demonstration, "Haéri said, referring to massacre of 12 people in 2015 in the satirical magazine office in Paris.
"Soldiers are very sensitive to speech, which says that if you don't know the area, as in & # 39; dark network, it can't be mastered," Haéri added.
Aleph plans to immediately add artificial intelligence capabilities to the software, which will recognize images as Kalashnikov rifle or child abuse victim, or will notify the company about possible copyright infringement.
It is expected that your income will be around 660,000 euros this year, ciFra is expected to double by 2019.
This has attracted investor attention because Aleph intensified its efforts to add more private sector clients to the government's client list.
But the more people and businesses start using the Aleph search engine, the greater the risk that criminal organizations or hostile governments will eventually gain access.
Hernandez said the challenge was to grow while setting clear guidelines for dealing with difficult ethical issues, but insisted that he would remain vigilant.