Meet Kilos, a New Search Engine for the Dark Web

Kilos is a new dark web search engine that goes where Google doesn't. It was first announced by its developer on Reddit on November 15, 2019: "Introducing Kilos, a new search engine for the darknet markets."


Etay Maor, CSO at deep web threat intelligence firm IntSights, has taken a close look  at Kilos. It is not the first nor the only facility for searching across dark web sites, with other services like Torch and TorLinks -- but it offers extensive filtering capabilities for locating specific products from within numerous dark markets.


Kilos seems to have evolved out of an earlier deep web search engine, known as Grams. "Both clearly attempt to mimic the Google aesthetic, and they are both named after weight measurement units," writes Maor. "However, this is where the resemblance between the two ends. Kilos has taken the search concept one step further to include forums, in addition to black markets." It isn't clear whether the same developers are involved, or whether Kilos is competing with Grams to be more heavyweight.


Kilos works by searching through multiple dark web markets for specified products. The visitor enters the required product or service, and the query is run through different markets and forums. "The interface is more advanced than other search facilities, with strong filtering options," comments Maor. "For example, you can say 'I only want to deal with people who can deal in Bitcoin, Litecoin or Monero -- or can deliver to a particular country."


It is already proving popular. Earlier this month, it claimed to be indexing 427,150 forum posts, 48,437 listings, and 1,993 vendors. At the time of IntSight's investigation, it claimed to "have s ..