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People Share Their Scary Deep Web Experiences

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The deep web is often regarded as a part of the internet bookmarked by the depraved. Weapons, illegal substances, and far, far worse can be found if you know where to look. On Reddit, people are sharing their stories of their disturbing discoveries, scary experiences, and awful interactions with people on the deep web. Here is a small sampling of what was shared. 

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    When You Find Yourself

    Posted by Redditor /u/kick299:

    Found a webcam feed. Coming from my webcam.

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    A 'Friendly' Warning

    Posted by Redditor /u/ernyc377:

    A friend of mine claims he was snooping around where he didn't belong (black market forums and hacking forums) when someone private messaged him basically saying, "I've looked into you because I see you in here a lot and I know you're not here to buy or use the services because you're just a kid. I don't mind but others will and you haven't protected yourself well enough to be here. Get off if you know what's good for you."

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    'We See You'

    Posted by Redditor /u/fake_fakington:

    This was back before Google. Web pages were, for the most part, still very basic HTML with JavaScript. Hardly anyone used CSS. Only discussion boards and some banking sites had anything approaching mature front-end/back-end combinations. Etc. Early 'Net. Real "deep web" story, not just one about illicit activities on-line.

    I was browsing random blogs, Geocities sites, and the like, just going from link to link. Eventually I came upon an odd page - it appeared to be random thoughts from different people, but for the time, it was very well-designed. The messages seemed to be cryptic in nature, like several people trying to pass secret notes. I started through the source, and hidden in the comments of a JavaScript were various IP addresses.

    I gathered all of the IP's 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 blah, blah..."). 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 sub directories containing the same. nslookup returned no reverse records for the IP. A Visual Route 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 sub directory back to the parent, at the top of 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 lower-case. About 15 seconds later the server dropped.

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    Posted by a Redditor:

    The worst that happened is I went on a sketchy website, then somebody started accessing my camera.