ITC578 Dark Web (8)

This subject provides a broad overview of emerging digital threats and computer crimes, with an emphasis on cyber-stalking, hacktivism, fraud and identity theft, and attacks on critical infrastructure. The subject also analyses the online underground economy and digital currencies, and cybercrime on the dark web. The subject further explores how dark web crimes are conducted on the surface web in new mediums such as IOT (Internet of Things) and Peer to Peer file sharing systems. Students will also study dark web forensics and mitigating techniques.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC578. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to postgraduate students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to differentiate between theoretical and cross-disciplinary approaches to the dark web;
  • be able to analyse the evolution of the dark web in the context of emerging crime threats;
  • be able to distinguish and classify the forms of cybercriminal activity through the dark web, and the technological and social engineering methods used to undertake such crimes;
  • be able to investigate assumptions about the behaviour and role of offenders and victims in the dark web;
  • be able to analyse and assess the impact of cybercrime, along with the mitigating techniques used to defend against cybercrime; and
  • be able to discuss, analyse and apply dark web-related research and applications.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the dark web and its various threats
  • Malicious dark net
  • Data analysis of Web content
  • Dark web forensics
  • Open Source intelligence

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC578 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assignment 1: online quizzes
Assignment 2: analytical questions
Assignment 3 : research report
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.