Term of Award

Fall 2017

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Digital Commons@Georgia Southern License

Committee Chair

Hayden Wimmer

Committee Member 1

Lei Chen

Committee Member 2

Weitian Tong


This thesis consists of two studies; the first study is “Diving into the Darknet” and the second is “Exposing the Darknet on Mobile Devices”. The Darknet is a network of hidden sites and services which are built based on anonymity. In “Diving into the Darknet”, we applied different data science methods to establish the relationships between the data in the data set. This data set has information related to seller, drug types, and transactions. Additionally, we used Tableau to visualize the data set. For the second study, we took a digital forensics perspective of the Darknet. Orfox and Orbot, a Browser Bundle which is used to access the Darknet through mobile devices, were installed on a Galaxy Note 5 with Android 6.0.1. After the investigation, some theories of past studies were disproved by our method combined with E3: DS, a mobile digital forensics software package by Paraben. We believe that the combination of information from a user’s point of view and a technical perspective of digital forensics would bring the Darknet to light. Through this thesis, we hope that knowledge about the Darknet will be revealed and better understood.

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