How much freedom should people have to use the internet as they see fit? Where do we draw the line on personal freedom? Most would draw the line when it comes to affecting the safety and wellbeing of others. Should individuals be allowed autonomy to buy and sell what they like, however?

What about hiring hackers? Should it be legal to hire a hacker online to unlock a social media account, email, or other site? Could we draw a more reasonable line in the sand by saying that hacking one’s personal accounts is legal, while hacking third party sites is not legal?

We operate under these assumptions for other non-hacking activities. For instance, countries like Holland have very different views of narcotics than countries like Saudi Arabia. The difference between right and wrong here is determined by social customs, religion, and an understandings of human freedom and rights.

Should that same libertarian freedom apply to computer-based activity? Why should it be illegal to hire someone to hack into your Facebook account if you’ve lost the password and have no back up email? This very thing happens every day and people lose access to accounts with personal images, messages, and more. Doesn’t one have the right to access their own data, even if it’s behind a JavaScript login and a SQL query?

For those looking for hackers online, they often head to the dark web. What’s that? The internet we use on a daily basis is known as the surface web, which comprises around 4% of all internet content. Then there is the deep web, which contains sensitive information such as medical records, financial data, and government secrets. This part of the internet is not indexed by search engines and can only be accessed using specific software. Finally, there is the dark web, which is an encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients. This is where you will find hacking services being traded for crypto.

The anonymity afforded to users of the dark web makes it a hotbed of criminal activity, and some would argue that hacking is never permissiable. Here, you will find things that range from perfectly legal to outrageously offensive and criminal in nature. Regardless of the nature of the content, it’s estimated that the total value of goods and services traded on the dark web amounts to billions of dollars each year.

If you’re thinking about hiring a hacker from the dark web, you may want to think again. Many of the hackers should be vetted by giving them a small task to accomplish first to see if they’re up to the task before moving on to a more complex and expensive project. You’ll want to make sure to comply with the rules of your country as well. Despite how much of a libertarian you may be, there are people in power who may take a different view.