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Dark web foundation October 26 & 27

Dark web foundation (DWF) is a course for those interested in learning how to access and navigate the dark web. 

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Dark web foundation

Course overview

The course draws on practical experience of 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 and you will use The Onion Router (Tor) to discover hidden sites and services. 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.

Dark web foundation

Module 1 Introduction to the dark web

  • History of the dark web and the Tor project
  • Understanding dark markets
  • Finding deep/dark websites

Module 2 Tor

  • Identifiable information
  • Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and cryptographic principles
  • Onion routing
  • Perfect forwarding secrecy
  • The Tor browser

Module 3 Bitcoin and blockchain

  • Bitcoin basics
  • Blockchain technology
  • Advanced wallets
  • Bitcoin laundering and mixing services

Dark web foundation


Examination objectives

The DWF exam tests your real-world dark web skills. The exam is administered by SECO Institute and consists of multiple choice questions. After successful completion of the exam you will receive the DWF certificate and you can request your digital S-DCF badge from SECO Institute.

By passing the DWF certification exam and earning a SECO DWF certificate (S-DWF), you demonstrate your ability to:

  • Understand how privacy-enhancing technologies are used on the dark web
  • Understand how onion routing works
  • Install and use the Tor browser
  • Find dark markets and hidden services
  • Understand the business dynamics of Dark Markets
  • Understand the fundamental principles of blockchain technology
  • Understand how bitcoin transactions work
  • Understand how bitcoin laundering works

Practical information


  • Language: English
  • Delivered: online (exam costs are included in the training fee)
  • Questions: 40, multiple choice
  • Time: 60 minutes

 Included in your training

  • SECO Institute course materials
  • DWF exam
  • A free “S-DWF” digital badge when you pass the exam
  • One year free SECO membership