Someone on Reddit recently asked the simple question “What’s your deep web story?”
In other words, the Redditor was asking people to share any weird experiences they had encountered while using anonymous web services like Tor to access secret websites.
Services like Tor have been around for years, letting people hide 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, which can only be accessed through services like Tor. Silk Road is the prototypical example of a Dark Web site. Though it has now closed with its famous founder now 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 actually experienced them.
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, called ‘No Love Deep Web,’ had users accessing Tor to go on a hunt for various things.
This user got engrossed in the game. And, 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.