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What is the dark web?

The dark web, also known as the "dark net," is a mysterious side of the internet. It's a secret and semi-hidden area of the internet that requires special tools and knowledge to access.

The dark web is not indexed by search engines, meaning that information located there cannot be discovered through a simple Google search. To access it, one must know the right channels and have the necessary tools.

Once you have access, users can go to websites and forums that are not accessible through traditional means. These websites often host illegal activities, such as the sale of drugs, weapons, malware, identities, and even human trafficking. However, not all of the dark web is used for illegal activities. It also serves as a platform for individuals who are looking for more privacy or wishing to communicate anonymously.

It's important for individuals to be aware of the dangers of the dark web and exercise caution when exploring this area of the internet. It is crucial to avoid downloading any software or clicking on any links from untrusted sources, as this can lead to serious security risks.

Dark web fascinating facts:

  • The dark web makes up only a small fraction (less than 1%) of the total internet.

  • The average price of a stolen credit card on the dark web is reportedly around $5.

  • The average transaction size is estimated to be around $300.It is estimated that there are around 7,000 active dark websites at any given time.

  • In 2019, the FBI reportedly shut down one of the largest dark web marketplaces, AlphaBay, which had over 200,000 listings for illegal goods and services.

  • Over 60% of dark websites that have been analyzed were selling stolen data, including financial data, login credentials, and personal information.

The dark web is a unique and often misunderstood aspect of the internet that serves both as a hub for illegal activities and as a platform for those who value privacy. While it can be tempting to explore, it's essential to approach with caution and be aware of the potential risks.

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