ITC578 Dark Web (8)

This subject provides a broad overview of emerging malicious and cybercriminal activities inside the dark web. The subject also analyses dark web content and investigates anonymising networks in the dark web using publically available tools. Students will also learn dark web forensics and mitigating techniques to defend against cybercrime.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Port Macquarie Campus
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, Mathematics and Engineering

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to postgraduate students.

Assumed Knowledge

ITI581 Network Security Fundamentals or ITC595 Information Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the malicious and cybercriminal activities inside the dark web;
  • be able to analyse dark web content and create web logs;
  • be able to evaluate forensic techniques used to defend against cybercrime;
  • be able to investigate the usage of anonymising networks in the dark web using publically available tools; and
  • be able to investigate the threat landscape in the dark web and appraise mitigating techniques used to combat cybercrime.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the dark web
  • The threat landscape in the dark web
  • Cybercriminal and malicious activities in the dark web
  • Evolution of the web
  • Data analysis of web content
  • Dark web forensics
  • Open Source intelligence
  • Mitigating techniques

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC578 in Session 2 2021. 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 %
Online quizes
Short questions
Analytical questions
research report
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.