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With those clarification formalities out of the way, now for a quick history lesson. On September 22, 2002, US naval researchers released The Onion Router, or Tor, to the world, a software that conceals the user's IP address and keeps them anonymous. Its intended usage was just to protect the identities of American cyber-agents operating in the more oppressive countries like China, but the public eventually took to using it for... other things.

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With those clarification formalities out of the way, now for a quick history lesson. On September 22, 2002, US naval researchers released The Onion Router, or Tor, to the world, a software that conceals the user's IP address and keeps them anonymous. Its intended usage was just to protect the identities of American cyber-agents cyber-spies operating in the more oppressive foreign countries like China, China without being traced, but the public eventually took to using it for... other things.


The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire. That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=], and just like the surface web, you should be mindful of the websites you visit in case of malware.

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The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire. That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=], taking proper security measures, and just like the surface web, you should be mindful of the websites you visit in case of malware.


[[caption-width-right:350: One of the few actually correct (and not homophobic) versions of this iceberg analogy]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: One of the few actually correct (and not homophobic) versions of this iceberg analogy]]


The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire. That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=], and just like the surface web, you should mindful of the websites you visit in case of malware.

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The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire. That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=], and just like the surface web, you should be mindful of the websites you visit in case of malware.


The terms "Deep Web" and "Dark Web" are very commonly confused with one another, though for understandable reasons. The Deep Web is the part of TheInternet not indexed by conventional browsers. Meanwhile, The Dark Web refers to Internet content specifically rooted in allocated IP space known as darknets. Put simply, all Dark Web content is on the Deep Web but not all Deep Web content is on the Dark Web. The Deep Web is an extremely broad umbrella term (heck, even privated stuff on social media technically qualifies as Deep Web content) while the Dark Web just a small slice of it.

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The terms "Deep Web" and "Dark Web" are very commonly confused with one another, though for understandable reasons. The Deep Web is the part of TheInternet not indexed by conventional browsers.search engines. Meanwhile, The Dark Web refers to Internet content specifically rooted in allocated IP space known as darknets. Put simply, all Dark Web content is on the Deep Web but not all Deep Web content is on the Dark Web. The Deep Web is an extremely broad umbrella term (heck, even privated stuff on social media technically qualifies as Deep Web content) while the Dark Web just a small slice of it.


With those clarification formalities out of the way, now for a quick history lesson. On September 22, 2002, US naval researchers released The Onion Router, or Tor, to the world, a software that conceals the user's IP address and keeps them anonymous. Its intended usage was just to protect the identities of American cyber-agents operating in the more oppressive countries like China, but the public eventually took to using it for...other things.

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With those clarification formalities out of the way, now for a quick history lesson. On September 22, 2002, US naval researchers released The Onion Router, or Tor, to the world, a software that conceals the user's IP address and keeps them anonymous. Its intended usage was just to protect the identities of American cyber-agents operating in the more oppressive countries like China, but the public eventually took to using it for... other things.


Its urban legend-status has begun to reach into media and entertainment, good examples being horror films like ''Film/UnfriendedDarkWeb'' and horror games like ''VideoGame/WelcomeToTheGame''. One of the most infamous video-games of all time, ''VideoGame/SadSatan'', also allegedly originated from a forum on the Dark Web.

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Its urban legend-status has begun to reach into media and entertainment, good examples being horror films like ''Film/UnfriendedDarkWeb'' and horror games like ''VideoGame/WelcomeToTheGame''. One of the most infamous video-games of all time, ''VideoGame/SadSatan'', also allegedly originated from a forum on the Dark Web.Web.
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The terms "Deep Web" and "Dark Web" are very commonly confused with one another, though for understandable reasons. The Deep Web, also known as The Hidden Web or The Invisible Web, is the part of TheInternet not indexed by conventional browsers. Meanwhile, The Dark Web, also known as Onionland, refers to Internet content specifically rooted in allocated IP space known as darknets. Put simply, all Dark Web content is on the Deep Web but not all Deep Web content is on the Dark Web. The Deep Web is an extremely broad umbrella term (heck, even privated stuff on social media technically qualifies as Deep Web content) while the Dark Web just a small slice of it.

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The terms "Deep Web" and "Dark Web" are very commonly confused with one another, though for understandable reasons. The Deep Web, also known as The Hidden Web or The Invisible Web, is the part of TheInternet not indexed by conventional browsers. Meanwhile, The Dark Web, also known as Onionland, Web refers to Internet content specifically rooted in allocated IP space known as darknets. Put simply, all Dark Web content is on the Deep Web but not all Deep Web content is on the Dark Web. The Deep Web is an extremely broad umbrella term (heck, even privated stuff on social media technically qualifies as Deep Web content) while the Dark Web just a small slice of it.


Its urban legend-status has begun to reach into media and entertainment, good examples being horror films like ''Film/UnfriendedDarkWeb'' and horror games like ''VideoGame/WelcomeToTheGame''. One of the most infamous video-games of all time, ''VideoGame/SadSatan'', also originated from a forum on the Dark Web.

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Its urban legend-status has begun to reach into media and entertainment, good examples being horror films like ''Film/UnfriendedDarkWeb'' and horror games like ''VideoGame/WelcomeToTheGame''. One of the most infamous video-games of all time, ''VideoGame/SadSatan'', also allegedly originated from a forum on the Dark Web.


The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire. That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=].

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The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire. That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=].
[=VPNs=], and just like the surface web, you should mindful of the websites you visit in case of malware.


Its urban legend-status has begun to reach into media and entertainment, good examples being horror films like ''Film/UnfriendedDarkWeb'' and horror games like ''VideoGame/WelcomeToTheGame''.

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Its urban legend-status has begun to reach into media and entertainment, good examples being horror films like ''Film/UnfriendedDarkWeb'' and horror games like ''VideoGame/WelcomeToTheGame''. One of the most infamous video-games of all time, ''VideoGame/SadSatan'', also originated from a forum on the Dark Web.


With those clarification formalities out of the way, now for a quick history lesson. On September 22, 2002, US naval researchers released The Onion Router, or Tor, to the world, a software that conceals the user's IP address and keeps them anonymous. Its intended usage was just to protect the identities of American cyber-agents operating in oppressive countries like China, but the public took to using it for...other things.

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With those clarification formalities out of the way, now for a quick history lesson. On September 22, 2002, US naval researchers released The Onion Router, or Tor, to the world, a software that conceals the user's IP address and keeps them anonymous. Its intended usage was just to protect the identities of American cyber-agents operating in the more oppressive countries like China, but the public eventually took to using it for...other things.


The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire.

That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=].

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The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire. \n\n That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=].[=VPNs=].

Its urban legend-status has begun to reach into media and entertainment, good examples being horror films like ''Film/UnfriendedDarkWeb'' and horror games like ''VideoGame/WelcomeToTheGame''.

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[[caption-width-right:350: One of the few actually correct (and not homophobic) versions of this iceberg analogy]]

The terms "Deep Web" and "Dark Web" are very commonly confused with one another, though for understandable reasons. The Deep Web, also known as The Hidden Web or The Invisible Web, is the part of TheInternet not indexed by conventional browsers. Meanwhile, The Dark Web, also known as Onionland, refers to Internet content specifically rooted in allocated IP space known as darknets. Put simply, all Dark Web content is on the Deep Web but not all Deep Web content is on the Dark Web. The Deep Web is an extremely broad umbrella term (heck, even privated stuff on social media technically qualifies as Deep Web content) while the Dark Web just a small slice of it.

With those clarification formalities out of the way, now for a quick history lesson. On September 22, 2002, US naval researchers released The Onion Router, or Tor, to the world, a software that conceals the user's IP address and keeps them anonymous. Its intended usage was just to protect the identities of American cyber-agents operating in oppressive countries like China, but the public took to using it for...other things.

The Dark Web is an underground network with quite the reputation thanks to its mysterious and elusive nature. Over the years, it's accumulated a good number of urban legends and rumors, almost always horror-based (Main/CreepyPasta, basically), and for good reason. Criminals and other sickos tend to take advantage of its hard-to-trace, anonymized atmosphere and use it to stash their illegal content, like shock videos, snuff films, gore, child pornography, digital black markets, criminal service advertisements, scams, viruses, hacking, all sorts of nasty stuff. Some of them do it out of genuine depravity while others do it simply to cement the Dark Web's hellish, boogeyman reputation of a WretchedHive and add fuel to its fearmongering fire.

That being said, browsing it does put you at risk. Hackers can and will acquire your IP address and dox you if you aren't properly protected by [=VPNs=].

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