I was checking my stats earlier today, and I noticed that there are still a lot of people searching for the so-called “Shadow Web.” Plus, one of my most popular posts is the one called Is the Shadow Web a Reality? (Updated).
I hate to disappoint you, but there is no Shadow Web; I’m certain of it. I wrote that post back when I was new to the dark web, and still believed a lot of the myths. The image above is from a scam site that’s trying to capitalize on these myths. A lot of other similar sites exist as well, that claim to be red rooms, like this one:
Someone even contacted me not too long ago and said that he knows the operator of the hidden service that claims to be the “Shadow Web,” and that this person is “…a big troll.” That should tell you all you need to know. I could see why people would want to believe in such a thing, of course.
The dark web has a larger-than-life reputation, and numerous creepypastas have only added to this. Here’s one example: “Underground Families”. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good horror story as much as the next guy, but Tor has gained a terrible reputation because of things like this, and we need to separate fact from fiction.
Furthermore, there’s no Marianas Web either, so you can forget about finding that too. The things that do exist are networks like Tor, I2P, Freenet, GNUnet, ZeroNet, and Decentralized network 42 (dn42).
If you haven’t used them, I could see where your imagination might go, but most of the sites revolve around things like technology, privacy, and anonymity. Here and there, you might find some disturbing things too, but those are in the minority.
There’s also Blockchain DNS, an alternative domain name system using blockchain technology, but that’s a bit different.
On very rare occasions, I’ve found creepy sites, but those are few and far between. I guess the dark web isn’t the best place to hang out on Halloween.