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What Is The Deep Web? Why Is It So Dangerous?

Updated on February 13, 2014

The idea of an underground internet where anything can be bought or sold may seem like an alien concept to some. However, this world does exist. Hidden away from major search engines and unreachable from normal internet browsers, the world of the deep web is a dark (and sometimes scary) place where illegal activities run the show. Guns, drugs and a whole manner of other illegal things lurk just below the surface of the internet.

Imagine it this way. The internet is like an ocean and we are fisherman. Normally, our nets just scrape the surface to get everything we need. However, there are depths which cannot be reached under normal circumstances. These we shall call the deep internet. Under the right circumstances (i.e with the right nets) anyone can access this information with little trouble at all.

Personally, I do not agree with many of the uses of this place and so will not be telling you how to get there. The worrying thing however, is that it’s really not that hard to find out how to access it. If anyone can reach it then surely there must be some cause for worry.

This leads on to the question of why governments do not all work together to rid the world of these places...

Why Do They Not Ban These Sites or Remove Them?

The answer to this is simple... They can’t.

The deep web operates with such a level of anonymity that anyone accessing these sites is in effect totally anonymous and therefore cannot be traced. It is probably not a totally foolproof system, but I would say that the chances of catching a person on the deep web are very slim indeed. Even payments on many of these websites are nearly totally anonymous as they operate in the decentralised anonymous currency of bitcoins. For those that don’t know, this currency is effectively online only and so names or personal details need be included in transactions. This would effectively make someone near fully anonymous when making transactions on this place. This is why I feel it to be extremely dangerous. In theory, I could buy drugs off of the internet within an hour and then have them delivered to my house the next day. The thought of that really worries me. Particularly when weapons are so freely available.

Despite all the doom and gloom though, there are perhaps some positive uses of this service. This is no way a justification of all of the negative ones which appear to go on however.

What Are The Positive Uses of The Deep Web?

Beyond all of the criminal activity that lurks on the deep web there is in fact some positive activities going on too. For example, in recent uprisings against dictatorships in Africa and the middle east the deep web has been used to show the atrocities of what has happened to the world so that we can see what is going on there. Many of the videos from Syria and countries like that will have been posted on the deep web first before they reach the main internet outlets (such as youtube) because of the fact that a person’s anonymity can be kept when uploading to the deep web. No one can trace their IP and hunt down where they live. Therefore, the deep web has perhaps made it easier to communicate in countries where oppressive regimes rule the show.

Perhaps though, this is just me trying to seek some light in a sea full of darkness. Certainly, the negative uses of the deep web outweigh the positive. One man’s freedom fighter is another mans terrorist.

Some of you may be left wondering why I bothered to post this...


Why Post About This At All?

The simple answer of it is that I want to educate. Many people in our society see the world through rose tinted spectacles. It took me 5 minutes to find out about the deep web. British newspapers have even published articles on it...

My closing message to you is this.

In order to access things like this you have to want to access them. You cannot simply open up firefox (or whatever browser you use) and access these things. Personally, I would rather live in a world of ignorance and ignore that these things go on. My point though, is that they do and that we should not be so naïve about things that go on in the world. All I can hope is that in the future they devise some way of limiting this as at the minute it all seems a bit crazy to me.

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      Gabriela 20 months ago

      ' I will go out on a limb here and guess this article was written by a girl or a young teenager...'

      - Why are you sexist, George.

      Are you saying Girls do not have the intelligence to understand and utilise such facilities?

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      George 2 years ago

      What a pointless article!

      I will go out on a limb here and guess this article was written by a girl or a young teenager...for the world IS a dangerous place and sticking your head in the sand doesn't make all the bad go away, that's like hiding under the blankets during a storm.

      However I bet you can't actually "just' buy drugs or guns here, and if you tried you would get scammed.

      Sure people probably use this for communication about nefarious activities, but there would have had to be a lot of real world contact beforehand.

      The dark net existing, does not in itself, create the "bad stuff"!

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      George 2 years ago

      Anonymity is great when posting or discussing political views that are not political correct.

      Many people live in fear of political correctness, this is a way for them to fight against the thought police or mental Nazis.

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      Aline 3 years ago

      Well, that was pretty much educative for me. Anonymity is really a dangerous weapon since most of people don't commit any crimes only because they don't have a specific chance for it. I laughed at your attempt to find a small light in the amount of terrible things one can do in such wide darkness the deep web is. Actually, everything is a matter of choices; how a person use determined source and what they'll do with it. Like a knife that you can cut a potato or stab a person, hahaha. Anyway, thank you very much for the article, it enlightened me a lot!

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      Key 3 years ago

      welcome to hell.

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      Baker 3 years ago

      You would rather live in ignorance and ignore this kind of stuff? You and people like you are what's wrong with modern society.

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      marco 4 years ago

      Even human organs can be bought if you know someone stupid enough to buy or sell them just don't talk about ir with them

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      I'm! 4 years ago

      I want go to Deep Web

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for an introduction to this layer of the web world. It will continue to evolve, no doubt.

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      SumYungGuy 4 years ago

      Who cares if people buy drugs or weapon online. It the incentive that is the real problem. Why do people want to buy drugs or weapons online?