With many crimes now originating on encrypted areas of the internet, many wonder about the so-called dark web and its activities. The Onion provides a primer on this obscured digital space:
Q: How does one access the dark web?
A: Place a broken flowerpot outside your back door after midnight and await further instructions
Q: Is it completely anonymous?
A: No; new users must register with an active college email address
Q: What are the advantages of accessing such a private network?
A: Its users are not beholden to the regular internet’s stringent code of ethics and decency
Q: Why is it called the dark web?
A: Everyone involved agreed that it sounded pretty cool
Q: Where can I find a copy of 'Song Of The South'?
A: What kind of sicko are you?
Q: Who uses the dark web?
A: Arms dealers, pedophiles, drug dealers, the U.S. military, and other groups interested in keeping illicit activity private
Q: Are there naked pictures of me on there?
A: Thousands of them
Q: Does the dark web support human trafficking?
A: Yes, but no more so than purchases from Gap and Old Navy
Q: How are the authorities cracking down on the dark web?
A: The FBI has a comprehensive plan to bring down the dark web once and for all by first trying their level best to grasp how any of it works