In case you still didn’t know what the dark web is, the dark web is a section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines.
So, what does this mean?
It means it’s everything that we can’t find on the surface web. Think of the dark web as an iceberg. The small part of the iceberg that is visible above the surface of the ocean is called the surface web or clearnet. The major part which remains hidden deep down the surface of the ocean from the rest of the world is known as Dark Web.
There are countless stories and mysteries that spread among the dark web, leaving web users with a curious mind about whether or not these stories are just tales, or do they hold some truth to it. The dark web has pretty much everything you want to do that you never imagined you could.
So, here are 5 interesting things you need to know about the dark web:
1. Criminal Activity Is At Its Peak
Due to its non indexed search engine, the dark web is a perfect place for criminals to lurk. It is often known to many as the black market of the Internet. But beware, there are many dark websites that has the ability to leak or even exchange personal information to strangers all around the world. This applies to personal information of people who are not on the dark web too.
2. You Can Hire A Hitman
Yup! You read that right! Turns out that you can hire a hitman on the dark web. It’s true that you could simply order a hitman in person but if you wish to remain anonymous, hiring a hitman on the dark web is way easier. There have been cases of fake hitman services in the dark web Called the Besa Mafia, the website claimed to offer hitmen services but just wanted large sums of money.
It is no mystery that a place like the dark web would have countless scammers lurking inside waiting for the right opportunity to scam inexperienced users of the dark web.
3. Lurking Ground For Sex Offenders
This is where sex offenders and child pornographers acquired their illegal content. All in the dark web. Playpen was one of the many popular and notorious child pornography website. The site had over 215,000 users and hosted 23,000 sexually explicit images and videos of children as young as toddlers but was shutdown in 2015.
4. You can purchase illegal weapons
Especially in a country like Malaysia, where weaponry is illegal unless licensed. Getting a weapon on the dark web would be their only solution to purchasing weapons illegally. Automatic assault rifles aren’t the only guns that can be purchased on the dark web. Fancy weapons such as the bazooka can also be purchased.
Not feeling as safe anymore, are you now?
5. The Dark Web (might be) Run By The US Government
One of the most shocking things about the dark web that most people don’t know about is that the dark web might actually run by the US government. TOR otherwise known as the onion router is funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Do you think this is true?
Let us know the other things you found most shocking about the dark web at the comments below!
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