Use and Misuse. What is the Dark Web?
For some users, the Deep Web offers the opportunity to bypass local restrictions and access Global TV channels. Or movie services that may not be available in their local areas. Others go deep to download pirated music or grab movies that aren’t yet in theatres. At the dark end of the Web, meanwhile, things can get scary, salacious, and just plain…strange. As noted by The Guardian, for example, Credit card data is available on the Dark Web for just a few dollars per record. At the same time, ZDNet notes that anything from fake citizenship documents to passports and fake certificates. Even the services of professional hitmen are available if you know where to look.
Interested parties can also grab personal details and leverage them to blackmail ordinary Internet users. Consider the recent Ashley Madison hack, (vast amounts of account data, including real names, addresses, and phone numbers). Ended up on the Dark Web for sale. This proves that even if you don’t surf the murky waters of the Dark Web. You could be at risk of blackmail (or worse) if sites you regularly use are hacked.
Illegal drugs are also a popular draw on the Dark Web. As noted by Motherboard, the drug marketplace is the Silk Road. Which has been shut down, replaced, shut down again, and then rebranded? Offers any type of substance in any amount to interested parties. Business Insider, meanwhile, details some of the strange things you can track down in the Deep, including a DIY vasectomy kit and virtual scavenger hunts that culminated in the “hunter” answering an NYC payphone at 3 a.m.