What is the deep web? If you don’t know, consider yourself lucky. The deep web consists of hidden websites that you need a special browser and a direct link to access. It’s completely anonymous, so obviously, some seriously heinous stuff goes down there. Selling and buying drugs is the most innocuous thing you can do on it.
These aren’t just stories of the deep web - these are deep web horror stories as well as a scary dark web story or two. We dug through the bowels of the Internet to find first-person experiences of some seriously messed up stuff that happened on the deep web. Just be glad we did all the research and compiled all these stories in one place for you. Now you don’t have to worry about being on an FBI watch list because you were researching these things yourself.
(Before you dive in, here's two things you need to know: Tor is the browser you need to browse the deep web, and the hidden wiki is a kind of portal to different websites.)
We See You
From Reddit user fake_fakington:
"I gathered all of the IPs in a text file and began enumerating. Some were routers with banner messages I could telnet to - almost all at universities ('Warning! This is a secure system at University of Bla Bla....'). The default Cisco credentials from back in the day worked on most of them, but I didn't poke around. A few of the IP's were web servers with little to nothing on them, mostly Apache on Linux or some BSD, at least one IIS server I can recall.
"I finally came upon a web server with a huge directory of HTML files and TIFF images, with a few smaller subdirectories containing the same. nslookup returned no reverse records for the IP. A VisualRoute traced it as far as Colorado. The HTML files appeared to be records a psychologist or similar mental health professional would keep. The images were of faxes, apparently of both military and medical nature.
"As I browsed from a subdirectory back to the parent, at the top was a new HTML file named something like '1-.HELLO-THERE.html.' The time stamp was from right that minute. I opened it, and in plain text was the message 'we see you.' No quotes, all lowercase. About 15 seconds later the server dropped.”
Recipes for Human Meat
Reddit user baconboyloiter reports,
"In CompSci, we often got bored and dicked around. One day we ran into the deep web. The most disturbing site we found was a comprehensive guide for cooking women. We're not talking about a short joke here. This page had information on what body types to use for specific cuts, how to prepare these cuts, and how to cook the girl so she lives as long as possible. It horrifies me that people way worse than the freaks on Criminal Minds exist.”
15 people just voted on Hello, Mr. [Your Last Name]"
Reddit user Bigwiseguy55 reports, "I posted a comment on a video, and when I went back to that page to watch the video later, someone replied to my comment saying: ‘That is very astute of you Mr. (insert my last name).’
"I didn't internet for like a week. My last name is not a common one.”
Reddit user cletch says, "Was on Tor, browsing da usuals. Go out to eat foods at the Five Guys. Come back. More Tor. Find a picture of me eating at Five Guys.”
17 people just voted on Don't Click "Random"
Reddit user neverlurking77 learned their lesson:
"On the deep web once upon a time, I was browsing tor. I paraded myself over to the hidden wiki and hit the random button a few times. What happened next scared the everloving shit out of me. There was a webpage that took longer to load (even by tor standards) and when it finally loaded, in giant black letters on my screen it said 'YOU BETTER START RUNNING.' Needless to say I almost shit my pants. Anyway haven't been back since, yada-yada.
"2/10 would not browse again.”
15 people just voted on One Hitman, Please
From Reddit user IAmASharkFin: “A website advertising a hitman, his services costing increasingly more bitcoins based on the type of target. I don't remember the exact amounts, but the order went something like this, from least to greatest: civilians, police, politicians, children. Shudder."
13 people just voted on Who's There?
“I downloaded Tor and within 20 minutes of downloading it and browsing random shit I got a phone call but there was no one there and they just hung up after 10 seconds. I didn't even know if it was legal at the time so that was enough to freak me out and I stopped right there," says Reddit user 1SensFan.
From Reddit user SelfawareAimBot:
"I lived in a fraternity house my junior year with about 16 other guys and about 45 in the chapter overall. We had actually been arguing about drugs in the house. About half of us saying it's asking for trouble and the other half using the chapter house as a haven from campus security. I was on the side of the former.
"Early on in the school year a couple guys asked me and some other more Internet-savvy people about deep web. I explained basically what I did above and I didn't really hear anything else about it for a while. After a few months some of the guys started talking about buying things off Silk Road. I assumed they were just lazy and trying to get cheaper weed.
"Turns out I was incorrect. They had ordered about 5k worth of MDMA and acid. This came to light on a sunny afternoon in early April, when armed members of HSI (Homeland Security Investigations, a subdivision of ICE) raided our home.
"I was upstairs overlooking the parking lot and a bunch of guys were outside getting ready to go golfing. I watched a car pull up slowly followed by another one bolting around the corner. The guys on the ground tell me that the driver of the second car got a little too excited. Apparently he jumped out of the car with a taser drawn and screamed 'get on the fucking ground or prepare to feel the thunder.' Not wanting to 'feel the thunder' everyone complied.
"The more level headed agents went inside and rounded us all up to sit in the parking lot so they could search the house. I still have no idea if what's going on at this point.
"After a little while they explained who they were after and why. The aftermath was two guys got arrested on felony drug trafficking, one got arrested with minor charges of possession. They arrested but didn't charge a fourth guy, he was the one whose house the drugs were sent to (we typically don't get mail sent to the chapter house and they were trying to hide it). The guy had no idea what was in the packages. Another two guys got suspended for a year for suspected involvement.
"In the end the two main guys got house arrest for the better part of a year and probation for a few years. The other guys all transferred except the one who didn't get charges. He was released and graduated on time.
"As for the rest of us, we got our charter revoked and everyone just left it alone otherwise. The younger people around campus are mostly scared of us now because the rumor mill made it sound like we were a violent drug ring. More accurately we are a group of idiots with a couple much bigger idiots in our ranks.”