Why You Should Never Visit The Dark Web

By | March 3, 2020

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all your online accounts secure! As we’ve said in previous shows, not everyone
using the dark web is doing something criminal. In some ways this corner of the Internet gets
a bad name, and research has shown that many of the darkest things supposedly happening
in the dark web have been exaggerated. That said, it’s well known that many people,
mainly the younger generation, go there to buy illegal substances that they may have
otherwise procured on the street. It’s also well known that people with strange
inclinations visit this place to chat with others that share their fascination with what
we might call the more eccentric aspects of life. If you’ve seen our shows on the dark web,
you’ll know that finding it is not hard at all. The question is, should you go there? That’s what we’ll discuss in this episode
of the Infographics Show, Why You Should Avoid the Dark Web. Let’s just give you a quick recap on what
the dark web is as you may not have seen all our other shows on this place. It’s said that only around 10 percent of
the Internet is the Internet as we know it, meaning the part we can all access. Much of the rest of the Internet we call the
Deep Web, which is just the part of the World Wide Web that is not indexed by search engines
such as Google. It’s a common mistake to think the dark
web and the deep web are the same. The dark web is just a small part of the deep
web. Many people give the example of an iceberg. The bit at the top that we can see is the
Internet as we know it. The main part that lies under the water is
the deep web and the dark web is just a very small part at the very bottom of the iceberg. This is naturally where people go when they
don’t want to be found. That might be because they have a store there
selling the aforementioned illegal substances, or it might just be because they are living
in a country that has very oppressive laws on speech. In the dark web you’ll find sites that end
with .onion. These websites are not accessible using your
regular browser. But you can easily download the Tor browser
and before you can say where am I you’ll be in the dark web. Here you should have complete anonymity. Ok, so the question is, should you go there? Well, firstly you should know that the dark
web of course is of interest to authorities. Illegal things happen there, so we can expect
authorities to keep an eye on the place. You should also know that the Tor browser
has vulnerabilities. With this in mind, you might ask just how
safe is your anonymity? We might also ask if there are other reasons
why you should not visit the dark web, reasons more related to you finding things you probably
shouldn’t have found. With the latter concern in mind, we looked
at Reddit and Quora posts containing people talking about negative experiences on the
dark web. We can’t vouch for the honesty of the posts,
but indeed there are people out there who said they came across things in the dark web
they wish they would have never seen. One person on Quora wrote, “I browsed dark
web for well over half a year before a horrible experience made me quit.” That experience sounded very nasty, and it’s
not something we want to recount here. Let’s just say that it involved a video
of someone being hurt. Now, others say this kind of thing is very
unusual even for the dark web, but we must remember that it does happen because an Australian
man was put in prison for making such videos. Unless you are sick to the bone, this is not
the kind of thing one wants to see in life, so we can say that one reason not to go into
the dark web might be because out of curiosity you see something you might not ever be able
to forget. Another person who used the dark web said
he looked at forums where he found what he called weird stuff. By that he meant people talking about hurting
others, discussing gore, and talking about depraved things such as wanting to eat people. And yet another person said he witnessed what
he called a very creepy video. He said there were about 50 people watching
this video, again relating to someone being hurt – in this case not very hurt but still
not something most people would want to see – and many of the folks watching this video
were making what he called “obscene comments.” Another person on the same thread said he
was just hitting random links when he came across a cooking section, only the cooking
involved humans. This wasn’t a video, but a ‘How To’
kind of section. “I was traumatized for a few days,” he
said, because he just read the comments. So, unless you want to be traumatized, we
suggest you might give the dark web a wide berth. We are quite sure you have to go looking for
this kind of stuff, however, so perhaps if you have to go there just be careful what
you search for. As one website that gives advice on the dark
web tells us, it’s easy to “CLICK SUSPICIOUS LINKS OR PARTAKE IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.” That website says some of these links are
deceptive, and before you know you are virtually living in the realms of the demented. We looked at another website called DarkWebNews.com. It told us that many people access the dark
web without using the Tor browser. It said this can be done using websites such
as “Tor2Web” and “Onion2web”. The problem here is that you are exposed,
and this puts you at risk of being hacked. Other than that, many people do use the Tor
browser but they don’t use a VPN. The problem here is that Tor has been cracked
a few times and if that happens your URL can be seen. Ok, so you only went to that disgusting site
out of sheer curiosity, but still, you went there and it might not look for you when your
local newspaper has a headline that goes something along the lines, “Boy, 17, Caught Downloading
Images of XXXX on Dark Web.” We are also told you should not enable scripts
on .onion sites, which is what many people do. When you do this, we are told, you leave yourself
open to hacking or you might just find a Trojan Horse has gotten into your computer. You might also accidentally download files
from the dark web, and this is a big no no. Still, people might just do this by accident. But the big thing to remember, according to
that same expert, is don’t think that what you are doing on the dark web is legal. That person says, “If you’re viewing a
site on the dark web for any reason from actually desiring to acquire those products or services
to just wanting to quench your thirst for knowledge on the subject, know that you may
be held liable for what you come across.” With that in mind, have people been arrested
for using the dark web? Well, in 2018 the U.S. media reported that
authorities had made a huge bust of people selling illegal things in the dark web. Engadget tells us those authorities, “announced
the first-ever national-level undercover bust of dark web outfits selling drugs, weapons
and other contraband.” Now, perhaps you had visited some of those
sites that got taken down. Again, it was just out of curiosity, but if
they could find the owners of the sites what’s to bet you could have been exposed. It’s just not something you want to happen
to you, and it might not matter that you went to those sites innocently. Other websites tell us that the FBI and police
from all over the world are regularly inside the dark web. Sometimes they go undercover and manage to
find the address where parcels are delivered. The Indian media tells us that arrests were
made in 2017 by the Mumbai Anti Narcotics Cell when some boys had ordered LSD from the
dark web. Arrests have also been made of the sellers. In one such case in the UK a bunch of students
at Manchester University were arrested after making a fortune on the dark web selling illegal
substances. The Guardian wrote, “Thee gang, who compared
themselves to the Breaking Bad character, Walter White, included undergraduates studying
pharmacology, computer science, petrochemical engineering, geology and marketing.” In another case, in 2016, a young British
doctor was arrested for buying drugs and sentenced to over four years in prison. The press tells us that in the UK from 2017
to 2018 there were 1,210 drug seizures relating to the dark web, so it might not be as safe
as you think scoring your gear there. Police in the UK said buying your stuff on
the dark web carries more risk than buying in the streets, because if your purchase came
from abroad you could be said to be an importer. The police also added that mail services in
the UK are getting very good at spotting packages containing such substances. Ok, so let’s say you have no intention of
reading or viewing gruesome content or procuring a dozen MDMA pills or some such stimulant. But then we might ask why you are in the dark
web in the first place. Perhaps you have a legitimate reason in that
you want to discuss a sensitive issue about yourself, or you are a whistleblower or an
at-risk activist. In that case, go head and get down with the
dark web. But if you don’t have those sorts of reasons
one could argue that using the dark web is not worth the risk. Motherboard wrote in 2016 that authorities
have developed very sophisticated ways of finding people in the dark web. As we said, sometimes they are undercover. The FBI have been known to sell weapons on
the dark web, and who knows where they might be lurking. Motherboard also tells us that the FBI set
up one hack wherein when a user clicked on a link that was supposed to take them to an
unseemly illegal image, that person’s IP address became known to the FBI. What if you has just clicked on that link
by accident? What if your curiosity just got the better
of you? “As part of the operation, the FBI harvested
over 1000 US based IP addresses, and Europol generated 3,229 of its own cases,” wrote
Motherboard. That article tells us police units in many
countries now have dedicated task forces concentrating on the dark web, so you might ask if you really
want to be there. Maybe you went there already and did something
illegal. Well, we are told that when police make an
arrest of a vendor or someone doing something illegal, they often collect IP addresses of
people who had connected with that person or persons. Most people are only really interested in
the Dark Web for one reason: they want to know if their personal information is up for
sale to the highest bidder! But trying to navigate the murky digital backwaters
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10% off a premium subscription! With all this in mind, what is your opinion
of spending some time in the dark web? Tell us in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other show
These Scary Things Really Happen In The Dark Web. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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