What is the dark web?

A post on a Reddit forum once described in detail a chilling live broadcast. A strong man gouges out the eyes of his “guest” as she is instructed to do so, abusing the Arab woman step by step. This live stream is the infamous “red torture chamber” on the dark web.

What is the dark web? Why are people who have experienced it so quietly talking about it? It’s far scarier than you know
The “Red Room” on the Dark Web

This is a place where rich “guests” can pay bitcoins to allow their abusers to do whatever they want with abused women, as requested. There are no restrictions on rape, eye gouging or even beheading, and life, death and dignity are all in the hands of the spectators. This story was once a worldwide sensation and also brought the dark web into the public eye.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It is much scarier than you know.
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With the development of science and technology, people rely more and more on the “Internet”. People shop, make friends, relieve themselves and even work online. However, the world is not black and white, while the Internet brings convenience, there are also a large number of online crimes, the dark web is one of the best. So the question is, what is the dark web? And how did it come about? Is there really nothing we can do to curb crime on the dark web?

Understanding the Dark Web

The dark web, as the name suggests, is a network in the dark, and is called the “Dark web” in English. To understand the dark web, we must first understand a picture of the iceberg that has been used by countless self-publishers. It is reported that the average person’s life is exposed to the website only accounts for less than 4% of the Internet.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It is much scarier than you know
The iceberg of the “dark web”

The iceberg below the surface is known as the Deep web. The Deep Web here is not the same concept as the Dark Web we are talking about. For example, private blogs, microblogs and weibo, Qzone, friends circle and other network information that people do not have permission to view are all part of the deep web. Compared to the dark web, the degree of privacy of user information protected by the deep web is not worth mentioning.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep quiet about it? It’s far scarier than you know
The Deep Web’s leaks of personal information

So what exactly is the dark web? In layman’s terms, the dark web is part of the deep web, and only a small part of it. The dark web can be accessed, and visitors mostly connect using TOR, or the onion network. It is like an onion that protects the user’s personal information layer by layer.

In the websites you normally use, even if you have a clear browsing history, you can trace back to the IP address of your location, but the dark web is different, it makes the user’s privacy highly protected, and the layer of information transfer makes it difficult for others to trace the user’s identity.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It is far scarier than you know.
Secure Browsing Mode

It serves two purposes: one is to be used as a browser, which can do so without leaving any traces of visitors; the other is to build websites that can hide the identity of the builder. How does such a website full of mystery come about? In the following, I will answer for you.

The origin and development of the dark web

The dark web actually first originated in 1955 with the U.S. military. The U.S. Navy at the time invented a technology for encrypted transmission in order to ensure that communications between ships were not listened to by other powers. After that year, they invented the hidden router, which is now known as the Tor Browser. In this system, no one’s identity and no trace of access is detected.

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The early days of the “dark web”

The reasoning behind this is simple: when you buy an item online, the merchant takes it apart and ships it through several channels, so that even if part of it is discovered, there is no way to piece together the whole individual from the fragmented pieces.

This makes the dark web a truly free place, but unchecked freedom often leads to backlash. Since 2003, when the U.S. Naval Laboratory ran out of funds and had to stop its research, it was like opening Pandora’s Box, a place of freedom that began to be used by criminals to lose control, and has since formed a vast underground network.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It is much scarier than you know
“Possible illegal transactions on the Dark Web

After that, the history of the dark web can be said to be a history of crime, in which violent and bloody sex trade, organ trafficking, sale of children, rape of women, murder for hire, and all kinds of violent and unheard of illegal acts.

Some may say, “What does this have to do with ordinary people? Wouldn’t it be better not to be on the dark web? However, things are far from as simple as we think. In the 2015 shooting and bombing in Paris, France, terrorists shifted their propaganda machine to the dark web in order to evade the government. We don’t dabble in the dark web, but it keeps feeding us crises. Is there nothing we can do in the face of such a danger-filled website? Of course not.

What countries are doing about the dark web

As early as a few years ago, when the dark web became more and more rampant, countries were already looking for solutions. In China, there are not as many people logging on to the dark web as in the UK and the US, but they still exist. The Chinese police take a roundabout tactic to search for enemies. No matter how strong the dark web is in protecting privacy, if you want to do something illegal or criminal, you will definitely be connected to real life, and once you appear in real life, the police will not be clueless.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It’s far scarier than you know
Dark Web operations targeted by the FBI

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense launched the Memex project, which specializes in anonymizing access to the dark web, and in 2015 this technology can already help police find criminals; the FBI also invented an application called NIT, which can directly obtain visitors’ computer IP.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It’s far scarier than you know
The Dark Web

With the help of these technologies, the dark web is no longer a mystery and it’s only a matter of time before criminals are caught. Just this year, according to data, 14 continents in the United States and seven European countries joined forces to combat international dark web drugs, seizing more than $31 million and arresting 150 people. The dark web has long been no longer a place outside the law.

Putting the dark web in perspective

However, in many platforms, we can see many exaggerated explanations of the dark web, cutting a few ambiguous pictures and then making a lot of noise, fabricating facts to gain attention and earn traffic. Such marketing numbers are in the minority. In the face of such a situation, please keep your sanity, analyze calmly, and do not confuse yourself and spread falsehoods.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It’s far scarier than you know
The Dark Web

The dark web is not as mysterious as the legend, even if it once made the police helpless, but the dirty dirt in it can not escape the net of justice in the end. Of course, we should not touch this illegal thing because of the curiosity, when you stare at the abyss, the abyss is also staring at you. The dark web thinks it has escaped the law, but at the same time, it has also lost the protection of the law.

What is the dark web? Why do people who have experienced it keep their mouths shut about it? It is far scarier than you know.
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What I want to tell you is that, as ordinary people, in the face of the outside world, especially nowadays, when we can access all kinds of news and hear all kinds of voices from the Internet, the only thing we can do is to stay awake and sensible, and look for the real and correct answers.

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