Memex name is on the rise these past few days. Abbreviated from memory and index, Memex is a specialized search engine Dark Web, which was developed by research institutions United States Department of Defense named Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).
This project has been underway for a year and will continue until the next two years. The goal is to develop software with capabilities such as search engines in general, but with a more specific search locations. And the search results are not influenced by advertisers or rating.
In the making, DARPA hook 17 different contractors. Although not revealed clearly, but reportedly this project will spend as much research as USD 10-20 million.
Can Track Hacker
In addition to reaching out content that is in the conventional sites, Memex also can map the sites that are in Tor Hidden Services, namely sites that have .onion address that can normally only be accessed through the Tor browser.
Tor is a free software that can be used to communicate anonymously. Tor name itself comes from the first project of this software, namely ‘The Onion Router’.
He will direct traffic through the Internet more than six thousand relay to conceal its location. And Tor are the hackers habitat, where they can interact freely without fear of getting caught by the authorities.
On the other hand, conventional search engines such as Google or Bing can not reach the network.
“We’re trying to move forward with an automatic mechanism that can find hidden sites, and make its content can be accessed,” said Christopher White, a program manager Memex.
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Many refer to Google as the search engine giant, whereas these services can only reach about 10% of the total existing pages on the web. While there are still thousands of other web activity undocumented and hidden behind a private server.
The pages of this secret will be the target Memex. But DARPA certainly will not reveal how it works in detail, mainly because the software is still in development stage.
Memex is not the first search engine that can be penetrated Dark Web, due in April 2014, a group of users Dark Web also makes a similar search engine. They named Gram, which has a view like Google but with some modifications.
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Indeed, this software was created to help combat human trafficking activities, but Memex could also have a role in business activities.
“The algorithm used to study the activity of human trafficking can be easily transferred to other matters of interest,” said Jeff Schneider, a professor at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, which became one of the contractors who digaet Darpa to work Memex.
With the ability to explore the Dark Web, stock analysts can use Memex to search for relevant information with the shares they hold. Can also be used to uncover cases of fraud or other illegal activity in the business world.
Not only that, Memex also able to calculate the relationship hidden from sites that have previously been mapped to other sites that may have an illegal activity.