25 Horrifying Dark Web Facts That Are Actually True

Plenty of horrifying stories and myths circulate the internet about the Dark Web, but are they really true? From generally harmless social forums to disturbing criminal activity, the Dark Web has pretty much everything, and it’s all happening right under our noses. It’s difficult to separate fact from fiction, especially when dealing with the seedy underbelly of the internet. However, there’s plenty of things that we do know for sure. For instance, the Deep Web itself is not illegal but some activity on it can be. We’re here to set the record straight, clear a few things up, but also reaffirm the fact that the Dark Web can be a terrifying place. Here are 25 Horrifying Dark Web Facts That Are Actually True.

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The Dark Web is part of the Deep Web. In simple terms, Deep Web is the part of the internet that isn't cataloged by search engines. The Dark Web specifically is where most of the illegal and disturbing stuff takes place.

Deep webSource: http://ilpubs.stanford.edu:8090/725/

The Dark Web is a huge marketplace for criminals and is said to generate at least $500,000 per day.

criminalsSource: https://curiosity.com/topics/the-deep-web-is-the-99-of-the-internet-you-cant-google-curiosity/

To access the Dark Web, though we wouldn't recommend it, your standard browser isn't going to cut it. You need to get The Onion Router, or Tor for short. Tor is both a browser and a network running a specialized applications network with volunteer computers.

TORSource: https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/tor-browser-project/

A study done in 2001 by the University of California discovered that the Dark Web had 7.5 petabyes (7,500 gigabytes) of information. In two years, that number increased by 91,850 petabytes.

serversSource: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=jep;view=text;rgn=main;idno=3336451.0007.104

It should be no surprise that a place called the Dark Web would be full of scams. In one case, however, people kept falling for an elaborate scam to hire hitmen. Called Besa Mafia, the website claimed to offer hitmen services but just wanted large sums of money.

assassinSource: https://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/dark-web-hitmen-hire-service-7988693

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