There’s more to the Internet than most people are aware of. In addition to the surface Web—the one that we know and love, with the cat GIFs and the shopping sites—there’s the mysterious digital netherworlds of the Deep Web and the Dark Web.
The Deep Web is the behind-the-scenes world of machine-to-machine communications and data stores not recognized by Internet search engines. In contrast, the Dark Web is also mostly invisible, but it’s certainly not benign. It is composed of private bulletin boards, password-protected forums and sites on the anonymous Tor network. It harbors digital gathering places for which you can’t easily set up a Google Alert.
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