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According to Business Insider (This article and its images were originally posted on Business Insider July 6, 2018 at 03:12PM.)
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Someone on Reddit recently asked the simple question “What’s your Deep Web story?”
In other words, the Reddit user was asking people to share any weird experiences they had encountered while using anonymous web services to access secret websites.
Such services, including Tor, have been around for years, letting people obfuscate their IP address to make it harder to be tracked.
They also provide access to a slew of websites known as the Dark Web (or Deep Web), which can be reached only through services such as Tor. Silk Road is the prototypical example of a Dark Web site. Though it has now closed, with its notorious founder in prison, new online black markets have surfaced to take its place.
But here’s a look at some of the bizarre and creepy things you can stumble on when accessing the dark underbellies of the web, as told by the people who claim to have experienced them.
Cale Guthrie Weissman contributed to an earlier version of this post.
The Dark Web may seem scary, but sometimes it’s quite innocuous…
Though people tell tales of drugs and other illicit sites, sometimes people use the Dark Web just for silly purposes.
A scavenger hunt …
One user was playing what was called an Alternate Reality Game. This game, “No Love Deep Web,” had users accessing Tor to hunt for various things.
This user got engrossed in the game. It ended with “me driving to New York to answer a pay phone at 3:00AM. That was cool.”
“The next stop is …”
Sometimes you find weird forums. Take this user’s example:
I once found a forum dedicated to sharing recordings of the automated messages that tell you the next stop on trains. People would post the recordings that they presumably made themselves and then they would discuss them.
It haunts me to this day. I have so many questions.
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