Why The Dark Web Became The Place You Should Never Visit


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all your online accounts secure! A certain amount of mystery still surrounds
what has become known as the dark web. The very name evokes images of an underworld,
a kind of catacomb where scoundrels hide out and human depravity awaits us around each
corner. But research has shown that the dark web is
perhaps not as dark as many of us imagine. Yes, one can certainly go to this place and
acquire a handful of illegal substances, and yes, if a person so chooses they can scour
the dark web and find images that most of the world would find repellent, but let’s
just say you won’t find hitmen for hire all over the dark web nor as much video violence
than we might have thought. The question is though, who on Earth came
up with this idea in the first place? We’ve been through this in other shows so
we’ll make it short, and we are talking about what the dark web actually is. You see, the internet as most of us know it,
the bit you are using right now, is only a small part of the web. Sources don’t agree on how much, but it’s
said the part of the web that we can access using ordinary browsers is only about 10 percent
of the entire thing. You can also find sources that say it’s
four percent, or even one percent. Still, it’s thought there are about 1.8
billion active websites on the net, although, again, you can find sources that give a different
number – much higher sometimes. This doesn’t of course mean that the rest
of the web is the dark web and full of dark marketplaces, otherwise we might have cause
for concern. What it means is that the rest of the web,
which we call the deep web, is used by private companies, governments, etc. It is invisible to you. Well, it is if you can’t hack into it or
are not actively, legally, using it. Think about your email, online banking, company
servers, these aren’t exactly searchable on the web. So of course the deep web is way bigger than
the navigable web. Ok, you understand that. So, what about the dark web? Well, this is a place within the deep web
that is also hidden but can be accessed using something called the Tor browser. You can use this browser along with a VPN
(virtual private network) to access the dark web. You might do this if you are an activist and
want anonymity, such as people that criticize governments whose modus operandi shows no
mercy for political dissidents. But you might also enter the dark web so you
can access what are sometimes called “Darksites.” Here is where you might find someone selling
serotonin-enhancing pills by the bagful or ounces of white powder; where you might find
hackers for hire or someone to chat with you about your strange predilection for drinking
your own blood by the wine glass. As we said, the dark web might not be as demonic
as movies or some politicians depict, but you can read stories in the British press
about how the young generation now buy their illicit substances there more than in the
street these days, or how some people were arrested by the FBI for distributing images
that 99.9 percent of viewers would find disturbing. Ok, you get the picture, but now you must
be thinking, if this stuff goes on why would anyone in their right mind have created it
in the first place? Well, to answer that we must look to the U.S.
military. Let’s remember that the Internet itself
was a by-product of military technologies, as was much of the technology we take for
granted today. It was in the mid-1990s that the U.S. wanted
their intelligence operatives to have a place, a virtual place, where they could communicate
with total anonymity. They started working on something called TOR,
an acronym that stands for The Onion Router. But why give this to the people? Wasn’t that just madness? According to the BBC the military did this
because if more people were using it then it would be harder to spot the activity of
operatives among all the other noise. Foreign Policy dives even deeper into the
history of the dark web, and here we will summarize. In 1969 a student at the University of California
sent a message between computers connected by ARPANET. This was the beginning of the web as we know
it, and it was developed by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In the next few years more computers started
connecting with each other on secret networks, and these were sometimes called “darknets.” This might not sound like much to you, but
it was a breakthrough in secret communications. Then we see the Internet explode in the ensuing
decades, only part of this Internet is a haven for illegal activity. In the 1990s we saw a lot of illegal file
sharing, and we are told this set off a tsunami of darknet activity. The people sharing the files were using data
havens that couldn’t be shut down by the authorities. So even before the dark web as we know it
today, there was still a hidden part of the Internet. Then in March 2000, we saw the release of
something called Freenet. This was a place you could access with anonymity
and get your hands on files, legal or illegal. “Freenet is a near-perfect anarchy,” the
Irish creator proudly told the New York Times. You see, it wasn’t all about sharing and
distributing dodgy content, but some people felt that there should be a place in the Internet
free from censorship and the prying eyes of the government. What we are trying to say is that long before
Tor, people were trying to create room in the internet where people could operate without
being surveilled. Then in 2002 we got Tor to protect those American
operatives, but it only took a few years for sites accessible through Tor to become filled
with copyrighted material from Hollywood movies to versions of Microsoft Office. It became a trading ground for illicit material,
and people loved it because they could go there with the assurance that they wouldn’t
get arrested. Imagine buying stolen goods on the streets
but having the super power to become invisible! Things heated up in 2009 when a guy that called
himself Satoshi Nakamoto mined the first Bitcoin, a virtual currency that was untraceable. Now you can launder cash, spend your Bitcoin,
inside the dark net. It was a marriage made in heaven. In 2011 we saw the first modern dark net marketplace
in the Silk Road, named after ancient trading routes in Asia. There you could find an array of legal and
illegal goods and services, but it only lasted short of two years and the creator was eventually
sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. But as Wired pointed out in 2015, it’s not
as if everyone using Tor is accessing the dark web. In fact, the number is quite small, and though
you can find illegal things there, you can also find them on the regular web. Most people sharing illegal images or videos
use the normal web, not the dark web. According to Wired, whose writer researched
the dark web for a number of years, yes you can find depravity there, but it’s also
full of doctors giving advice they might not give out in the open. It’s a place where people can talk and not
worry about their careers, where others can talk about a disease they have that they dare
not talk about out in the open, and as we said, it’s used by a lot of people who need
to discuss issues in a country that would likely lock them up for discussing those issues. This includes some people inside the USA who
would rather not have their words watched. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden famously
said that the government was working hard to anonymize Tor users, but it wasn’t always
successful. We also know that the FBI has had some success
finding criminal activity there, but these are usually sting operations, not just pin-pointing
a person after a share or sale. We say this because some of you might be asking
why the government hasn’t gone to greater lengths to close this all down. There are many reasons, but one is that it
is still useful in terms of the greater good. Two is that the governments of the world have
shown that when things get murky in the dark web then authorities will swoop. It is not impenetrable; you might have some
anonymity, but you are not a ghost, you are merely wearing a sheet over your head. The U.S. government supports the dark web
and funds it, because as we said, it is useful. At the same time, it’s not easy to take
down a decentralized network. There isn’t an off switch. This network is spread across the globe and
protected by strong cryptography. It’s almost like ether, or a living, breathing
entity whose plexus of veins are threaded throughout the world. You might also ask yourself what would happen
if somehow Tor wasn’t available, if somehow part of the dark web was blacked out? Would the darkness all disappear? No, it wouldn’t, it would appear somewhere
else. The government has shut down dark net sites,
and righty so, but more will just pop up. The government could try and get rid of the
Tor browser, but as we said, it has no reason for doing this. China actually has been successful in blocking
the Tor browser, but other governments have failed. This is what Motherboard says about blocking
the browser, “Governments can block access to VPN services by blocking access from IP
addresses linked to VPN providers. Blocking Tor is more complex, and requires
identifying and blocking the destination nodes traffic travels through rather than the URL
or IP address.” Most other governments that allow, more or
less, free speech, agree that of the 2.5 million Tor users very few of them are doing nefarious
things in the dark web. Believe it or not, sellers in the dark web
agreed in 2018 to stop selling the powerful and deadly opioid Fentanyl. Many operators agreed that it was just too
dangerous, and perhaps they also knew that it would no doubt bring unwanted attention
to their market places. In conclusion, the dark web like any street
in any town does contain some rather unethical people, but for the most part what you see
there are just innocent folks protecting their identity. It would be crazy for any government to try
and close the entire park just because some guys sell their substances there at night
right at the back corner, but if things get too bad you can be assured someone will go
after them. Meanwhile, the rest of the people that use
this park for late night anonymous chats can do so without harassment. However the Dark Web started, it’s here
to stay- which means that you better have some serious protection against anyone who’s
looking to exploit it for nefarious purposes. No need to worry though, because Dashlane’s
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10% off a premium subscription today! Do you agree with this? Tell us in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other show
Why You Should Never Visit The Dark Web. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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100 comments on “Why The Dark Web Became The Place You Should Never Visit”

  1. The Infographics Show says:

    If you've been to the dark web – what were you doing there? 👀

  2. Iubesc Drogurile says:

    yeah but the drugs there are pure… unlike the cut ones the street dealers sell you…

  3. Mr Flippo says:

    Finally. Now I can hire a hitman for that one bully I had…

  4. Valmir Syla says:

    opens a new tab

  5. Channel 355 says:

    I got an ad about Kpop,Don’t need to watch the video anymore got the answer already

  6. Theresa Thode says:

    …i just use the dark web for browsing because onion doesnt track your surfing. Am i the only one?

  7. Kiki Yamotasu says:

    Rotton dot com was the dark web in the 90s lol

  8. Frantzy Prampin says:

    PLEASE BAND CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL. WINE ONLY ON WEEKENDS

  9. CHNK BUTT says:

    you ever wonder how big your FBI file is???

  10. S A says:

    Your facts are so wrong

  11. Raymond258 RJ says:

    What I know about the criminal sites that when criminals hear about the internet they want to expand the business so they use to have tapes then browsers came and they hire coders and web designer to create websites most of these coder and web designer were snitching on the criminal to the cops so it very rare so most of the criminal threat them with violence against their family and friends making them have to or someone might die it really horrible this happened to people

  12. Manito Benson says:

    Comcast cut my internet off so yea I got the dark web

  13. John Smith says:

    No one is protected. Believe me… seriously believe me .

  14. Brad Brown says:

    The thumb nail looks like vin diesel trying out for blue man group.

  15. INDOMINUS says:

    Nibba,they sell Rolex watches for 12$

  16. De3thlynIgHt Crolz says:

    Who is the owner of dark web?
    ?…

  17. The Remnant says:

    Uhhhh🤔
    Nevermind, keep making videos🤔

  18. The Remnant says:

    Is that? “Call of duty”?

  19. The Remnant says:

    I don’t know 🤔?
    I’ll let you dig😶

  20. Zafran Efron says:

    Vpn=mini TOR

  21. Vinay Asokan says:

    …… and legend has it that you can't see ANYTHING in the DARK WEB…

  22. yete says:

    buy drugs on silkroad like a boss

  23. Jennifer Wayans says:

    🔴 Everyone should be
    aware that Very Capable
    Hackers employed by the
    US Government have been
    trying to Enumerate the
    Deep Web ; So if you plan to
    do something that's not legal

    Be cautious of the trail you
    could be leaving behind.
    Using the Tor Package itself
    to access the Dark Web ,
    DOESN'T keep you Anonymous

  24. StripZ says:

    infographics show: the bit your using right now
    me: watching this on the dark web

  25. 00modpod says:

    It’s not so bad, so long as you stay away from the crazy stuff and know how to use it safely. Also gotta have patience cause tor can be kinda slow

  26. flipper media says:

    sherk uses tor aka the onion router

  27. Landeros says:

    I've came across deep web once just so curious and wanted to get into it didnt do it safely about 20 minutes in my entire internet in house was hacked and blocked I called Xfinity we were on phone for about 4hours well the guy tried to hack back into my internet and block them from entering they're service I told him what I did and they kept sending me to hire technician finally and he said this is the 2nd encounter he has ever come to with his 20+ years experience experience and he said and by far my encounter was the worst they were spamming ip addresses blocking them from entering mine and trying to hack into they're systems

  28. Anntrice McClinton says:

    Umm I went on the dark web a year ago when I was 11

  29. *HATE COMMENT* says:

    Then why tf did UAE government block roblox?

  30. baked biskys says:

    why isnt there a playlist for this on the channel with hackers and deep web stuff related?

  31. Leto85 says:

    I'm not joking, the sheer amount of power one could get by having access to this seemingly bottomless pit scares me.

  32. JustSin says:

    is it only me that the thumbnail looks like john cena screamin

  33. the three musketeers says:

    a week of no lying

  34. Cat Weasel says:

    All these videos telling people how dangerous and evil the dark web are propaganda to stop people using it as when you're using a proxy service the government can't Snoop on you

  35. Bloxxed Out says:

    Category: EdUcAtIoN

  36. Cameron Cook says:

    So the dark web is like Dr. Doofenschertz, a dangerous person, but supported by an agency that learns from him

  37. h k says:

    "Dark web" is the escape from main stream biased lying freedom of speech suffocating media and government control and manipulation of truth and thought.

  38. 20,000,000 Views says:

    This is just a 10 minute ad for a vpn lol

  39. P K says:

    So it s not a dark web…I gotta get out of here

  40. Mystyfikacja Swarp says:

    darknet is safe. don't listen to this normie

  41. Kameron Briggs says:

    Stay off your private lan then. Better take the password off your router. Idiots lol

  42. I Do Not Associate With Niggurs says:

    goes to the dark web to buy a n word pass

  43. Family Fun says:

    Your wrong the darkweb is the bad part of the deep web, your thinking about the deep web

  44. The Egg Turtle says:

    Sad sniffle noises

  45. Yorkshire Gold says:

    Internet was invented in UK

  46. MilkTea SN says:

    You know how the Web began?
    DERPA
    Yes, that's what the dk what it was i forgot stands for

  47. peugeot 106 shawty says:

    rip dream market init

  48. Decipher says:

    What about the useless web?

  49. Arron says:

    3:29 Wow this guy's computer isn't even plugged in.

  50. An0nYmU5_ 3voLutI0n says:

    Its not really not that scary

  51. Isuzu Du bois says:

    How can I get on the dark web. Infographics talks about it allot. Im intrigued 🙂 Snapchat Ellopeewee thanks

  52. Leslie Villacruel says:

    Dark web has become so popular that I no lonher wonder if there's another web created to replace it.

  53. Carvalho says:

    Wait, by the video explanation, it is considered that companies' intranet is considered deep web? I work at IT sector and never heard this concept. Intranets are Intranets, not necessarily deep web.

  54. ökkeş çelik says:

    I really dont understand that only %4 of internet is surface internet including Youtube, instagram, facebook, twitter. Billions of videos and photos are uploaded daily and its only a tiny fraction of internet. Am i missing sth ?

  55. Emilios Powerballer says:

    If chine took down the dark web, it doesnt change anything, everybody is susceptible of being hacked, and the chinese are no exception, if mckinon managed to hack nasa then its certainly as easy to make china disappear

  56. Ember Reed says:

    why do you call episodes "shows"?

  57. A Very Funny Gameplay says:

    From the thumbnail itself like come on..

  58. Rxnys says:

    If you want to visit it ,atleast take a flashlight with you

  59. Glue Stone says:

    Dashlane is life😂🤣😂🤣😂

  60. Stabilizer2238 says:

    *goes into Darkweb to buy drugs*

    Me: I am inevitable

  61. Adve 3 says:

    The government tried to ban me from the dark web i got right back in

  62. Duck57 says:

    This is the home of the minecraft 2 and doritos hot ranch

  63. Ari Zakari says:

    The perfect combination of deep web and FBI :V

  64. Steven Schmitt says:

    That what they said about Detroit

  65. TheRedLampRey The First says:

    Is it illegal to go there though?

  66. Mike Delzoppo says:

    You want video violence? Just go to best gore. You can Google it. Don't have to go to the spooky dark web.

  67. Sean Li says:

    You mean Incognito mode?

  68. Black Red10 says:

    So if I use the dark web I can look at people's personal files? Like medical and criminal records? You said you merely have a sheet over your head. So that means the govt can even pinpoint track you if u do something illegal? Even if you have a VPN?

  69. Penguin Hunter says:

    only corner is dark. if you try to find something else like patent for medicine you will find it there too.

  70. Random Games says:

    So I guess you guys replaced wix

  71. Monty D says:

    My mother in law originated from the dark web…..the very very dark web…..come to think of it!

  72. Regular G says:

    Do the butterfly effect

  73. baka :3 says:

    in my country there was a guy who created a global site for pedophiles
    and i think it had more then thousands of users…

  74. jim bob says:

    me: goes incognito while surfing dark web
    dude trying to sell my body: am i a joke to you?

  75. C h a r l i e says:

    now we are all on fbi's list

  76. Unknown account says:

    The internet is a magical place

  77. Unknown account says:

    I wonder if you able to look up normal links and website on the dark web

  78. crosis99 Linthoid says:

    dark web is fake af and just full of pedos

  79. Gerald Himmelspach says:

    Scariest site would be Fox News and their support of trump. Makes me shake in fear.

  80. Brenton Hopkins says:

    “Downloaded Tor browser and got back in” 😂😂

  81. Tomi Gt says:

    Is the Satoshi here from Pokémon?

  82. Joshua Broad says:

    me: turns off computer writes note. Dark Web. Me: dark Web wow

  83. Evan Hueso says:

    when you are desperate to find the real answer on how to get free robux on ROBLOX (unpatched) 👀

  84. Don't Read My Profile Picture says:

    Someone will find this comment one day

  85. Owen Macmhuirich says:

    Looking for body parts…

  86. Jayplaysgaming HD says:

    The government tried to ban me from the dark web

  87. Miraak says:

    2:20 I read that as ANTI-GOVERNMENT CONDOMS

  88. SparkFox621 says:

    2:32 ROT6://There6EasterEggs,GoodLuck!

  89. Bhawesh Gupta says:

    is incognito is gateway to darkweb?

  90. Ryan Levisky says:

    4:41 the port used in the browser is the standard minecraft port. Nice

  91. Susan Ananda says:

    Can I buy Melania Trump via dark web?

  92. Susan Ananda says:

    Can President Trump buy Greenland via the dark web?

  93. Michael Thomas says:

    LOL TOR was invented by the military, they put out to the public as though they can serf and keep secrets LOL NOOOO, they are gathering your info with Tor, it's bate.

  94. The Racing Guy says:

    How to go to the dark web
    Turn on incognito mode in Google chrome.

  95. Human Being says:

    this was posted on my birthday-

  96. TruthSeekr5000 says:

    I call Bull. Stay away from the dark web. It's very very dangerous.

  97. Terry says:

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, though I heard the Deep web is pretty much all the websites, de-classified documents, archives, and written stuff that anyone can access, but most people don't care to access, and isn't anything illegal, or dark.

  98. S3ns4tional says:

    Fake deep web videos… again

  99. Petty Ceddy says:

    The Internet was actually created by a black person 😒 yea Betty white give no credit where it's due

  100. 10kSubsWithNoVideos says:

    Teacher: This Is Dark Web Dont Ever Go There
    Also Teacher: Btw How To Go There Link In Desc

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