WTF is the dark web?

Maybe you heard your LinkedIn, Tumblr or Dropbox password was floating around there. Or maybe you read a news story about that guy who got busted for running Silk Road, that site that sold drugs and other illicit goods. Chances are, you’ve seen the words “dark web” splashed in a headline or heard them mentioned by a friend. But WTF is the dark web? How do you get there? And what makes it “dark”?

The dark web consists of sites that generally allow users to remain anonymous and require particular software to access. You’re not going to stumble upon these sites by googling — they’re not indexed by search engines. Anonymity is the unifying factor of the dark web, and it’s used for all the purposes you might imagine, from the relatively benign (whistleblowing,…

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