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The dark web is part of the internet that avoids search engines and requires an anonymizing browser to be accessed.

You've no doubt heard talk of the “dark web” as a hotbed of criminal activity — and it is. Researchers Daniel Moore and Thomas Rid of King's College in London classified over two thousand dark web sites a couple of years ago.  They found 57% host illicit material.

You can buy credit card numbers, drugs, guns, counterfeit currency, hacked accounts and hacker software. You can also hire hackers to attack computers for you. There are usernames and passwords for many different accounts for sale on the Dark Web.

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You may think that navigating the dark web is easy. The place is as messy and chaotic as you would expect when everyone is anonymous, and a substantial minority are out to scam others.

Accessing the dark web requires the use of an anonymizing browser called Tor. The Tor browser routes your web page requests through a series of proxy servers operated by thousands of volunteers around the globe, rendering your IP address unidentifiable and untraceable. Tor works like magic, but the result is an experience that’s like the dark web itself: unpredictable, unreliable and maddeningly slow.