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Dark Web Foundation

Dark Web Foundation is a course for those interested in learning how to access and navigate the Dark Web. The course draws on the practical experience of high-level cybersecurity experts and Dark Web researchers. The learning material was co-developed with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the first scientific research institute to partner with INTERPOL to combat cybercrime.

During the course, you will understand the technology behind the Dark Web. You will grasp the business dynamics of Dark Markets, and you will gain insight into Dark Web investigations through real-world incidents. Finally, you will get a thorough grounding in Bitcoin transactions, Bitcoin mining and Bitcoin laundering.


28 août2NWoerden 1645 EUR (exempte de TVA)
28 août2Nweb based 1645 EUR (excl. TVA)
30 oct1.5Eweb based 1645 EUR (excl. TVA)

Intended for

This training has a lot to offer to both technical and non-technical security specialists. IT- and information security professionals with ambitions to get into Dark Web monitoring will value learning about the hidden cyber threats facing their organization. Participants from law enforcement (police, justice or defence) will benefit from insights on how criminal activities evolve on the hidden part of the web, and will gain insight in crypto currency used for money transactions, money laundering etc.


This is an entry-level course. No in- depth technical knowledge or experience is required.

Main topics

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Dark Markets I + II

Dark Markets, darknet markets, or crypto markets are outcomes of the criminal innovation based on Tor browser and bitcoin as cryptocurrency. In these module the participants will learn what a dark market is and how it works. It will be supported through facts and figures from TNO research. In these modules we will also pay attention to the evolution and professionalization of dark markets.

  • Module 2 – Exploring Dark Markets
  • Module 3 – Introduction to Tor

In this module the concepts of the anonymization protocol The Onion Browser (Tor) will be explained. Participants will experience through simple exercises how and why Tor works. Furthermore they will explore the Tor browser themselves, how it works and learn about basic security risks still applicable even when using Tor.

  • Module 4 – Introduction to Bitcoin

This module will teach the participants the basic concepts behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin. After the module participant will have a global knowledge of how bitcoin works, what the blockchain is, why it provides anonymity although it is transparent and methods to store bitcoin.

  • Module 5 – Bitcoin Money Laundering

This module revolves around the potential of bitcoin in money laundering schemes. Participants will receive practical examples and explanations about mixers, bitcoin credit cards and other methods that potentially can be exploited. During the exercises the participants will be challenged to think of their own money laundering scheme involving cryptocurrencies.

  • Module 6 – Legal and future challenges

The existence of the dark web creates legal and future challenges. In this module we will look into the how neutral technologies, like Tor and Bitcoin, can be legally addressed in the perspective of criminals misusing these technologies.

Training method

During this course you will a.o. use Tor to discover hidden sites and services. The on-line SECO Institute Dark Web Foundation exam is included in the course fee. A free "S-DCF" digital badge can be requested at SECO-Institute when you pass the exam.


2 days

Course leader

Security Academy.