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Dark web


The dark web is the World Wide Web content that exists on darknets, overlay networks which use the public Internet but require specific software, configurations or authorization to access. The dark web forms a small part of the deep web, the part of the Web not indexed by search engines, although sometimes the term "deep web" is mistakenly used to refer specifically to the dark web.

The darknets which constitute the dark web include small, friend-to-friend peer-to-peer networks, as well as large, popular networks like Freenet, I2P, and Tor, operated by public organizations and individuals. Users of the dark web refer to the regular web as Clearnet due to its unencrypted nature. The Tor dark web may be referred to as onionland, a reference to the network's top level domain suffix .onion and the traffic anonymization technique of onion routing.

The dark web has often been confused with the deep web, the parts of the web not searched by search engines. This confusion dates to at least 2009. Since then, especially in reporting on Silk Road, the two terms have often been conflated, despite recommendations that they be distinguished.

Darknet websites are accessible only through networks such as Tor ("The Onion Router”) and I2P (“Invisible Internet Project”). Tor browser and Tor-accessible sites are widely used among the darknet users and can be identified by the domain “.onion”. While Tor focuses on providing anonymous access to the Internet, I2P specializes on allowing anonymous hosting of websites. Identities and locations of darknet users stay anonymous and cannot be tracked due to the layered encryption system. The darknet encryption technology routes users’ data through a large number of intermediate servers, which protects the users’ identity and guarantees anonymity. The transmitted information can be decrypted only by a subsequent node in the scheme, which leads to the exit node. The complicated system makes it almost impossible to reproduce the node path and decrypt the information layer by layer. Due to the high level of encryption, websites are not able to track geolocation and IP of their users as well as the users are not able to get this information about the host. Thus, communication between darknet users is highly encrypted allowing users to talk, blog, and share files confidentially.



  • The dark web is a key plot element in Lee Child's novel Make Me (2015).
  • Character Lucas Goodwin uses the dark web to find a hacker in the American television series House of Cards (2013).
  • The dark web is a major plot element in the German techno-thriller film Who Am I (2014). The film also visualizes secret darknet chatrooms with rundown subways in which masked people exchange messages.
  • Killer.com (2015) is a novel by Kenneth G. Eade about a cyber bullying mob who hires a killer for hire over the darknet for an anonymous murder.
  • CSI: Cyber (2015) follows the work of Mary Aiken inspired Special Agent in Charge Avery Ryan, who leads an FBI division tasked with working on the dark web, investigating everything from online baby auctions ("Kidnapping 2.0"), to the disabling of roller-coaster safeguards ("CMND:\CRASH"), the world of black market weaponry ("Ghost in the Machine"), the death of those using a transport app ("Killer En Route"), and a design flaw in a printer ("Fire Code").
  • Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge dives deep into the dark web to untangle a conspiratorial plot linked to the bombing of the twin towers.
  • The 2016 game titled "Welcome to the Game" is entirely based on the deep/dark web.
  • The dark web is a key plot point in the 2016 movie Nerve, which is based upon a YA novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan.
  • In the episode "eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc" (ep. 5 of season 2) of the drama–thriller television series Mr. Robot, the protagonist Elliot is supposed to be repairing a Tor hidden site which turns out to be a darknet market called "Midland City" styled after the Silk Road for the sale of guns, sex trafficked women, rocket launchers, drugs and hitmen for hire.
  • Aphex Twin's album Syro was announced on the dark web
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