Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is the part of the world wide web that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain somewhat more anonymous.


Its collection of websites exist on an encrypted network and cannot be found by using traditional search engines or visited by using traditional internet browsers. Almost all sites on the dark web obfuscate their identity using the Tor encryption tool. Websites use a scrambled naming structure that makes it impossible to remember URLs. The greater anonymity of the dark web provides a more secure foundation for cyber criminals to operate and collaborate. However it also has a legal side and even its own version of social media.

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