Is it Safe to Use Facebook on Tor?


Awhile ago, I was reading an article about Tor, and it had said that one of the most popular “Tor hidden services” was Facebook (go figure).

I’ve known for awhile that you could use Facebook with Tor, but my question about it is that because most people use their real names on Facebook, would using it with Tor defeat the purpose?

As put it in their 2014 article What Is Facebook’s Tor ‘Hidden Service?’ Why Does It Matter?, “The world’s least anonymous social network has joined Tor, a network that enables online anonymity.” Is that ironic, or what?

The same article made this point about the service:

…according to Wired, former Tor developer Runa Sandvik explains, ‘No, you’re not anonymous to Facebook when you log in, but this provides a huge benefit for users who want security and privacy.’ She notes, ‘You get around the censorship and local adversarial surveillance, and it adds another layer of security on top of your connection.’

So, I suppose that’s the advantage of using Facebook over Tor. Plus, if Facebook is censored in your country, you would still be able to access it via a Tor connection.

One exception might be that if you don’t use your real name on Facebook, you would be slightly more anonymous than the majority of Facebook users. If you do that in combination with a Tor connection, that makes a little more sense.


For those of you who haven’t used Facebook via Tor yet, its onion URL is facebookcorewwwi.onion. I’ve noticed that there are a plethora of phishing sites claiming to be Facebook as well, but that’s the only official one.


The question is, do you trust Facebook at all? I confess that yes, I’m on it, and it’s about the least anonymous social network out there. I joined it way before I had even heard of Tor or the dark web. Maybe I’m just addicted to Bejeweled Blitz.


Early on into my Tor journey, I was using The Hidden Wiki, and they had a link to Facebook’s onion site. The description read, “Facebook(?) Claims not to keep logs. Trust them at your peril.” In fact, whoever wrote it expressed doubt that the URL was even legit. I found this a bit ironic as well, considering how many untrustworthy sites exist on Tor!

To answer the question, I suppose using Facebook via Tor is about as safe as using it on the clearnet, but if you’re trying to hide your identity, then I don’t recommend it.

You may want to stick with the other social networks on Tor in that case.



Psycho Social Network 2.0: It’s a Secret to Everybody


As you may or may not know, the dark web tends to be kind of a secretive place (hence the word “dark” in its name).

In my earlier post Tor Social Networks: Oct. 2017 Update, I mentioned a site called Psycho Social Network, which is still active to this day. That makes me happy, because we psychos need to stick together.

So, I found out that its creators have made a new site by the name of Psycho Social Network 2.0. Notwithstanding, the second site is invite-only, and I’m not about to give out any invite codes.

If you want to join, you’ll have to become a member of the original site and get to know people; they then may give you an invitation.



The second site is a bit similar, though it uses a GUI that looks a little like Facebook’s (yes, I used the “F-word”). To be honest, a lot of the Tor social networks do the same thing. Hate on Facebook all you want, but up until recently, they have been the social network kings (though I hear that Snapchat is overtaking them in popularity).


Anyhow, PSN2.0 doesn’t seem to have a lot of activity on it just yet, which is probably due to its limited membership. I’m hoping that that will change, but again, anytime you have some sort of an exclusive group, you can’t expect it to have millions of members. In fact, someone made this point about the mythological “Marianas Web”; if it’s so secretive, there couldn’t be very many people on it!

Like the original, the second Psycho Social Network seems focused on comparable content. I was told not to go into specifics, however; again, if you want to find out, see if you can get an invite!

Because it’s called Psycho Social Network, I can’t help but expect to get friend requests like this, however:


Just kidding! Actually, most of the people I’ve met on PSN (both 1.0 and 2.0) seem pretty friendly. In fact, like some of them, I have a love of gore images and sick sites, as well as hacking and security. So I think we should get along nicely.

Contrary to popular belief, the dark web does not consist only of murderers and sickos (though there might be a few). I did see the occasional post or group that looked like a scam, but I’ve come to expect that by now. It is Tor, after all.

Anyway, if you are interested in joining PSN, click the link I gave above. If you want to join the second one, make some friends, and they just might invite you.

Stay psycho, everyone!

Atlayo: Another Dark Web Social Network

Early on in my “journey” onto Tor, I had joined some social networks, like Blackbook and Galaxy2. Ever since then, these have fascinated me.

Blackbook, which I’ve mentioned on some recent posts, was the first I ever joined. It was down for quite some time, and its developer(s) relaunched it again not too long ago. Galaxy2 also shut down, soon to be replaced by Galaxy3, which has a similar look and feel.


So what is Atlayo, then? Like the other two, it’s a social media site on Tor (though Atlayo has a clearnet mirror), which emphasizes free speech and anonymity. Its Tor URL is atlayofke5rqhsma.onion, or on the clearnet (I’m not sure which came first).

As you can see, its UI looks a lot like Facebook’s, which isn’t uncommon with these Tor social networks. Like Facebook, it has a chat feature, groups, pages, etc. The main difference is that most people don’t use their real names (with a few exceptions), and people’s interests seem to center around certain things: hacking, coding, anarchy, and sometimes things like self-harm.

Or there’s perfectly innocuous stuff too, like Linux (yeah, seriously, it is “innocuous”).


I’ve only spent a brief amount of time on it, but in essence, it seems very similar to the other dark web social networks (with the notable exception of Psycho Social Network). It may be that it doesn’t have a lot of members yet, so I’d encourage you to join, if this interests you!

It’s worth noting that Atlayo also has its own search engine, at xvwhmrw3sgwwmkko.onion. However, one of the disturbing things about it is that it lists popular searches done by others, and let’s just say that some of them may make your jaw drop. Well, it’s Tor; what did I expect?

I’m not responsible for the searches done by others. I will say that searching for the term “deep web,” however, gets you quite a few results! Interestingly, the Atlayo search engine will also, on occasion, come up with clearnet links as well as .onion links. This differentiates it from some of the other Tor search engines.

So I suggest dropping by and checking it out (as long as shocking search results don’t bother you). Maybe I’ve become a little jaded with the dark web – perish the thought!



Tor Social Network Update: Galaxy3

For those of you who were sad that Galaxy2 had disappeared, there is a new social network by the name of Galaxy3 at http://22dvf4xgaqa672b4.onion. There is also what appears to be a scam clone site at http://uwv7wslui5f4ukff.onion/, so I would avoid using that one if I were you.


I’m sure many of the members of the previous social network are happy about this, although I was a little hesitant to join at first, given that there are so many clone sites (like the one above) out there.

So, I just joined about a week ago, and by all accounts, this site seems to be legit. No, really, it is!


I recognize quite a few of the same folks who were on Galaxy2, which is a good indicator that it is the real thing.

Anyhow, Galaxy3 is quite similar: like its predecessors, it has a feature called “The Wire,” which is basically a news feed (like on Facebook or Twitter). And yes, anything you post to The Wire is public, so for newcomers – don’t post it if you don’t want others to see it!

What surprises me about it is that many of the Wire posts are the same types of things that people would say on Facebook, Tumblr, or other clearnet social media sites. I think I’ve addressed this on my earlier “dark web social network” posts.

It could be something as simple as, “Hey, what’s going on everybody?” Or I have noticed some people who appear to be trying to promote businesses and such. But as I said, the dark web has increased my level of paranoia tenfold; I tend to view anyone who is selling something with a degree of skepticism.

One other thing that I notice frequently is that people don’t shy away from posting about controversial topics here (and that goes for the dark web as a whole, not just Tor). Many of the social networks I’ve been a part of on Tor (and elsewhere) have included such things as gore, self-harm, drug use, and…um…unusual fetishes. Not that you can’t find that on the clearnet:


If only they knew that my fetish was to collect Precious Moments dolls and dress them in leather outfits…

In all seriousness, vaguely remember someone asking who was into scat play, for example – which I’m sure you could find on the clearnet as well, if that’s what you’re into, but again, the keyword is “anonymity.”

Like your popular social media sites on the clearnet (Twitter, Tumblr, etc.), Galaxy3 also has a blog feature, which works quite similarly. All you do is click on the “Blogs” tab, and you’ll see a feed with the latest blog posts. From there, you can also add your own (well, yah, I could’ve told you that).


But again, what’s the difference between these blogs and the ones that you would find on the clearnet? Well, I noticed a lot of paranoid conspiracy theory stuff on there, plus there was some guy asking about the aforementioned kinky sex acts. See? The dark web’s not all “bad” – it has kinky sex!!


Come to the dark web – we are kinky.

All in all, if you’re already interested in the dark web and have not checked out any of these social networks yet, Galaxy3 is one that I recommend. The people are pretty cool, and there aren’t any convoluted instructions for becoming a member.

Questions? Feel free to ask.






Tor Social Networks: Oct. 2017 Update

Who knew that socializing on the “dark web” would be such a popular topic? On my earlier post Fun with Dark Web Social Networking!!, someone mentioned that the beloved site Galaxy2 is no more, which I didn’t realize.

As some of my friends on IRC like to say, “rip” (all-lowercase intended.) Well, it’s Tor – what did you expect? Sites seem to go down and come back up again rather frequently.

In any case, you may be wondering about any alternatives that exist. I’m happy to report that one of the sites that I mentioned in the original post, Blackbook, is back up again. As before, you can find it at http://blkbook3fxhcsn3u.onion. It has a new, slightly more modern look, and seems to be functioning for the most part:


Like Facebook, it has a news feed, polls, forums, pages, etc. Because it’s Tor, though, you may find that the subject matter tends to differ a lot from that of Facebook. As has been my experience on some other Tor sites, a common question is, “How do I hack [insert social media site here]?” In fact, when I checked it today, someone was asking how to hack WhatsApp; maybe that will be the subject of a future post.

Also, as I remember from my previous membership, there are people advertising “hitman for hire” services and other sorts of financial offerings.

However, like before, it requires the use of JavaScript, and depending on whether you trust the site or not, this may be a good or bad thing. You can log into the site without enabling scripts, but some of its basic functions won’t work. For example, you won’t be able to leave comments, check your messages, etc.

I tend to be wary of Tor sites that require JavaScript, because of the potential for JavaScript exploits, such as Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), which I have encountered on other Tor hidden services in the past.

That aside, there’s another troubling aspect to this – Blackbook seems to be affiliated in some way with The Hidden Wiki, which many Tor users think of as their “introduction” to the dark web. The problem with this is that The Hidden Wiki is loaded with scam sites, and that makes sense, given that a lot of noobs visit it when they first venture onto the dark web.

Lo and behold – just like The Hidden Wiki, Blackbook has a number of ads for financial services of sorts on the dark web. While I haven’t tried them personally, they look sketchy to me, so I would avoid them if I were you. Anyhow, if all you really want to do is socialize, and maybe learn some things, you’re fine.

Meet Some Psychos



The other “social network” which I recently joined is called “Psycho Social Network,” and as its name implies, it seems to be geared toward people interested in dark things. Hopefully they’re not real psychos – well, it’s the dark web, so you never know.

It even features a shot of Patrick Bateman from the movie American Psycho, appropriately. (“Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?”) Given that it’s brand new, there don’t seem to be very many people active on it, although this could change.

Like Blackbook, it has at least one group dedicated to hacking and exploits. Some of the more unnerving groups, however, were called things like “Gore and Torture.” Don’t get me wrong – I love some gore as much as the next guy, but there’s LiveLeak for that.

So, if that’s what you’re into, you may want to check this one out. Heck, I’d be honored if I managed to attract a few people with this post!

In the meantime, I’m gonna leave – I have to return some videotapes.




Dark Web Links of the Day Pt. 1


by Ciphas

I’ve been receiving comments on my profile asking if I could post some links, so I’m more than happy to oblige. One thing I should remind my readers about, though – Tor and its darknet brethren are rife with scams. So if anything sounds too good to be true (triple your bitcoin in 2 seconds!!), then it probably is.

TorBay (forum) https://2or24opd2hkebadv.onion

Digital Gangster https://2fwqhlzx5dxiyggr.onion

IDC – Italian Darknet Community https://2qrdpvonwwqnic7j.onion/

Walmart Stuff https://42bu3fd5gaxu3xbn.onion

TorRoulette https://4mxhmvyfba2ji7lb.onion

W38M411 https://23tjl3xpt5btiqms.onion

GRAVES DESIGN https://362jdnvs4w5itsql.onion

A Darknet Dictionary (Work in Progress, with Links!)


by Ciphas

So, given that there seems to be a lot of confusion about certain terms connected with the darknet and/or dark web, I thought it might be useful to have a “darknet dictionary” here. I must give some credit for this idea to, who featured a similar article at DeepDotWeb’s DarkNet Dictionary Project! This isn’t a carbon copy of theirs, but they inspired me.

Their darknet dictionary is an ongoing project, so I think I’ll do the same with mine. If anyone wants to suggest new entries (or corrections) in the comments, feel free! I just may add them.

NOTE: Some links below may be down.

2FA – Abbreviation for “two-factor authentication.” 2FA is a type of multi-factor authentication (MFA), i.e. a user is only granted access to a site after presenting multiple pieces of authentication. Although used on the clearnet as well, 2FA is used on many darknet markets (and other sites) to verify users’ identities.

Example: a username and password, plus a separate PIN or a security question.


Active at Dark Markets? – A Tor hidden service set up by Dutch law enforcement to warn darknet market users that they are being tracked.

activedark.png – A search engine that finds Tor hidden services and I2P eepsites. Also available on Tor at http://msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion/.


Alienet – A VPN-based hidden network that offers messaging, mail, IRC, and hidden services. Not as well known as some other darknets, but it is real. Their site is at on the clearnet, or https://unionsoe3yw6fxaq.onion on Tor.


AlphaBay – Currently one of the top darknet markets on the Tor network. Uses both multisig transactions and a traditional escrow system (depending on the vendor). Access it at this link: http://pwoah7foa6au2pul.onion/register.php?aff=41211


AYW – All You’re Wiki [sic]. The Hidden Wiki with all CP links removed.


Besa Mafia – A fake hitman service that (surprise, surprise) turned out to be a scam. Though a number of people paid to use their “services,” no one was ever hurt or killed. The admin of the site did escape with a number of people’s bitcoins, however.


Bitcoin– A digital currency created by the mysterious “Satoshi Nakamoto” in 2009. Bitcoin incorporates encryption techniques to regulate the creation of new units, and to verify the transfer of funds. The smallest units of bitcoin are called “satoshis.”


Bitcoin billionaire yet?

Bitcoin Mixer – A service used to disguise the trail of bitcoins back to their original owner. Often used when buying and selling illicit goods on darknet markets. A few examples of bitcoin mixers are: BitCloak, Grams Helix, and BitBlender.


Blackbook – A former social network on the Tor network, modeled after Facebook. Used to be located at https://blkbook3fxhcsn3u.onion.


Black Market Reloaded (BMR) – A former darknet market on Tor, and one of the oldest, which is currently offline. Plans have been announced for it to restart.


Blockchain – A public ledger of all bitcoin transactions that have ever been executed. This applies to other cryptocurrencies as well.


BotDW – Boss of the deep web.


Candydoll – A term referring to non-nude photos of children in suggestive poses or sexy clothing. Softcore child pornography, more or less. (Also may refer to makeup kits that are designed for this style of photography.)

NOTE: The screenshot below is from one of the sites selling the makeup kits.


Carding – The trafficking of credit cards, bank accounts, website accounts, and other financial or personal information. May or may not take place within larger darknet markets. Some vendors on the dark web specialize in this type of crime.


Cheese Pizza – Another slang term for child pornography.

Cipherspace – The “hidden internet,” built on top of anonymity networks like Tor, I2P, Freenet, and others.

Clearnet – The “normal internet” accessible without special software or configurations. (e.g. Google, Bing, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Reddit, etc.) Also sometimes referred to as the “surface web” (though this term is wildly inaccurate and confusing.)


Enough with the icebergs, already!

Cold storage – Keeping a reserve of bitcoins offline (e.g. on a USB drive or encrypted media) to prevent tampering or theft.


CP – An acronym for “child porn” or “child pornography.”

Cryptography – The art of writing and solving codes. With regard to the dark web, it is a means of encrypting data (messages, etc.) that you send over the network.

Daisy’s Destruction – An infamous film made by child pornography producer Peter Scully (see entry), through his company No Limits Fun. The film shows the sexualized torture and abuse of several young girls, one of whom is referred to as “Daisy.” However, the film has reached mythological status on the web, with the details and facts about it being blown out of proportion.


Darknet – An overlay network that requires specific software, configurations, or permission to access. Examples include: Tor, I2P, Freenet, GNUnet. Some of these networks (like Freenet) have both “darknet” and “opennet” modes, where you can choose whether to connect only to peers that you trust, or connect to anyone.


Darknet Heroes League (DHL) – DHL is an escrow market comprised of old school vendors who were invited to sell there. Access it at http://darkheroesq46awl.onion.


Darknet Market – A market hosted on an anonymity network (such as Tor) that often (but not always) deals in illicit goods. Popular purchases include drugs, drug paraphernalia (like pipes), firearms, hacked PayPal accounts, skimmed credit cards, counterfeit money, porn accounts, and fake official documents.


Dark0de (a.k.a. Darkode) – A notorious hacking and cybercrime forum, originally hosted on the clearnet, which transitioned to the Tor network.


Dark Mamba – A new “private military company” that claims to offer murder-for-hire services, run by the admin of the old Besa Mafia site. (i.e. another fake hitman site.) Located at https://darkmambawopntdk.onion.


Dark Web – The part of the web that exists on darknets like Tor, I2P, Freenet, GNUnet, and other networks, and requires special software, configurations, or permission to access. The dark web is a small part of the deep web. The word “dark” does not refer to the content, but rather the fact that the networks are special access.


Dark Web News – A news site that reports on events that take place on the dark web. Also features bitcoin tutorials, links, and a comparison of darknet markets. Located at


DBAN – Darik’s Boot and Nuke – free erasure software that automatically deletes the contents of any hard drive it can detect, developed by Darik Horn.


Deep Web – The part of the web not indexed by traditional search engines, like Google. This term is often confused with “dark web,” but the two are not synonymous.


Deepdotweb – A site that releases news, articles, and occasionally tutorials about the dark web (primarily Tor). They also keep an accurate, updated list of darknet markets that’s very reliable. Can be found at or https://deepdot35wvmeyd5.onion.


DisconnectA clearnet search engine that prevents other search engines from tracking your searches. It used to be the standard search engine on the Tor browser. Located at


DNStats.netA site that monitors the status of various darknet markets and a few other sites on the Tor network. Located at on the clearnet, and https://dnstatstzgfcalax.onion/ on Tor.


Doxing – The act of researching and posting someone’s personal information (e.g. phone number, address, full name) on the internet. Takes place on both the dark web and clearnet.


Doxxters, The – A group who offers a doxing service for pay. Located at https://doxxtereufvckkiz.onion.


Dream Market – Another top darknet market hosted on the Tor network, which uses a traditional escrow system. Access it at http://lchudifyeqm4ldjj.onion/?ai=1675.


DuckDuckGo – Currently the standard search engine used on the Tor browser. Is popular with privacy-minded users. Located at on the clearnet, and https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion on Tor.


Dump – The sharing of stolen data, such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and bank account data. Also takes place on the clearnet, but is more infamous on networks like Tor.


Eepsite – The name for hidden services hosted on the I2P network. They end in the domain name .i2p.


Freedom Hosting – A former Tor specialist web hosting service which, at its height in 2013, was the largest hosting service of its kind. Was the target of an attack by Anonymous, as well as a large law enforcement operation headed by the FBI. Has since been succeeded by another service dubbed “Freedom Hosting II.”


Freenet – A peer-to-peer network for censorship-resistant communication, touted as an alternative to other networks like Tor and I2P. It features anonymous messaging, email, social networking, and site hosting. A typical Freenet URI looks like this:


Download it at


Freesite – The name used for Freenet’s hidden services.


FullzIn carding terms, “fullz” refer to full database records of personally identifiable information. Such things might include names, addresses, phone numbers, bank account information, social security numbers, passwords, etc.


Galaxy2 – A popular social network on Tor. It is a follow-up to the original Galaxy social network, created by “Lameth.” Located at https://w363zoq3ylux5rf5.onion.


GNUnet – A free software framework for decentralized peer-to-peer networking. It includes P2P applications, such as chat, file sharing, and VPN.


Grams – A Tor-based search engine for darknet markets, which helps compare goods, prices, and vendors. Tor link: http://grams7enufi7jmdl.onion/


HANSA Market – A darknet market with a multisig escrow system. Tor link: http://hansamkt2rr6nfg3.onion/affiliate/110


Hard Candy – Slang term for an underage girl – roughly age 12-16, on both the dark web and clearnet. Also can refer to child pornography featuring girls of this age.

Harry71’s Onion Spider – A popular link repository on Tor. Is respectable because it’s updated daily, and the links are generally accurate and active. Tor link: skunksworkedp2cg.onion


Helix Light – A bitcoin cleaner available from the developers of Grams. Tor link: http://grams7enufi7jmdl.onion/helix/light


Hell – Infamous hacking forum formerly hosted on the Tor network, where users share hacking tips as well as stolen data. There is another site currently going by the same name, but it is actually a clone site made with a stolen private key from the original site.

Hidden Wiki – Name for a popular wiki on Tor that links to and describes some basic Tor hidden services (for noobs). The main one is located at http://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion/wiki/index.php/Main_Page. There are several other sites that use the name Hidden Wiki as well, but this one is usually the site in question.


Hitmen/Assassins – A service that’s supposedly easy to find on the dark web. All of the sites offering these services have turned out to be elaborate scams, but the myth continues to be perpetuated by creepypastas and rumors.


Hurtcore – Most extreme form of child pornography, involving such things as physical injury and rape, which can be found on the dark web. Avoid at all costs.



I2P – An overlay network and darknet that allows applications to send messages to each other anonymously and securely. Download it at


L33TER – A vendor shop started by L33Ter, vendor from most of the early darknet markets. Specializes in digital and physical products. Located at http://l33ter2w7q4bytfh.onion.


LE – An abbreviation for “law enforcement.”

Litecoin – A peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that is based on bitcoin. Find out more at Litecoin – Open source P2P digital currency.


Lux – Username of Matthew David Graham, convicted (and imprisoned) owner of child pornography sites PedoEmpire, Hurt 2 The Core, and Love 2 The Core (among others).


Mesh routing network – Networks made up of radio nodes arranged in a mesh topology. Examples include Netsukuku, GNUnet, Hyperboria, and CCNx. Many of these are still in beta mode and have not been officially released, but they have been advertised as alternatives to the traditional internet structure being used right now.


Multisig – An abbreviation for “multsignature.” The requirement for more than one key to authorize a bitcoin transaction.



not Evil – The premier search engine on Tor. Was originally designed to look like a parody of Google. Located at https://hss3uro2hsxfogfq.onion.


Onionland – A nickname for the Tor network.


OpenBazaar – A decentralized peer-to-peer marketplace that sells a variety of goods for bitcoin and currently runs on the Tor network. Not a “darknet market,” per se, but uses a similar concept.


Operation Onymous – An international law enforcement operation targeting darknet markets and other Tor hidden services in 2014. Supposedly shut down over 400 sites (although many were clone sites).


Outlaw Market – Another of the top darknet markets on Tor. Sells drugs, digital goods, weapons, and other merchandise. Access it at http://outfor6jwcztwbpd.onion/indxx1.php.


Pedo – A slang term on the dark web for “pedophile.” Refers not only to the people themselves, but related sites and materials. (e.g. PedoEmpire)

PedoFunding – A now-defunct website on Tor run by convicted freelance photographer Richard Huckle. Huckle has since been imprisoned, and received 22 consecutive life sentences.

PGP An encryption standard created by Phil Zimmermann in 1991. The initials stand for “Pretty Good Privacy.” PGP is frequently used to encrypt and decrypt messages on the dark web.


PlayPen – A large child pornography site that, in 2015, was seized by the FBI and used to catch pedophiles who were accessing the site. This has been one of the more controversial cases, as some have questioned the legality of the FBI’s actions.

Qubes – A security-focused operating system that aims to provide security by isolation. One of many distros that can help provide security and anonymity. Official site:


/r/darknetmarkets – A subreddit dedicated to information and discussions about darknet markets.

/r/deepweb – A subreddit dedicated to factual information about the deep web and dark web (as opposed to urban legends).

Red Room – A series of mythological sites on the dark web that supposedly feature live torture and murder (see “Shadow Web”). Entrance to these sites (in theory) requires bitcoin, as well as special credentials, such as a password given by an administrator. They are, more or less, an extension of the urban legend of “snuff films.”

All of the ones that have become public knowledge have turned out to be scams, yet many creepypastas and YouTube videos have continued to perpetuate the myth.


Scam/Scammer – In the context of the dark web, someone who purports to be selling certain goods or services, and doesn’t follow through, or misrepresents their intentions (e.g. a drug vendor who never delivers their goods, or a “financial service” designed for identity theft).


Credit: 2013

Scream, Bitch! – A hurtcore forum on the Tor network. For those of you thinking of joining, registration is closed.


Scully, Peter – An infamous Australian pedophile and producer of child pornography, most notably the film Daisy’s Destruction, which has achieved internet notoriety. Scully had formed his own production company to make these films, called No Limits Fun.


Shadow Web – A fictitious part of the dark web perpetuated by creepypastas and YouTube videos. Supposedly features live torture and murder shows for those who pay the right price. A number of sites on Tor claim to offer access to the Shadow Web, but they are all scams. Here’s one example: Shadow Web Gateway 2.0


Silk Road – An online black market, considered to be the first modern darknet market. Launched by founder Ross Ulbricht in 2011, the site was shut down by feds in October 2013.


Silk Road 3 – An escrow market that used to go by another name, but adopted the Silk Road brand. There has been much speculation as to whether or not the market will exit scam or will be taken down, but it is still currently running. Located at reloadedudjtjvxr.onion.


SSH – Stands for “secure shell.” SSH is a cryptographic network protocol for operating network services securely over an unsecured network. As with PGP, SSH uses public and private keys to authenticate users.


Suicide Apartment – Members-only social network on Tor (which used to exist on the clearnet). It’s meant to be a site for people who are suicidal and want to find someone else to “leave the world with.” The only way to become a member is to receive a voucher from an existing member.


Tails – A popular Debian-based live operating system that many dark web users install for extra protection. “Tails” is an acronym for “The amnesic incognito live system.”


TLA – An abbreviation for “three-letter agency.” Includes federal agencies such as the CIA, FBI, NRO, NSA, DEA, DHS, and others, who are looked upon with suspicion in the dark web.


Tor – An anonymity network on which many “dark web” sites are hosted. The name “Tor” stands for “the onion router.” Frequently, people who say they’re on the “deep web” are referring to Tor. Download it at


TorBay – A Tor-based social network and forum which more or less replaced Blackbook.


Torch – A simple Tor search engine. Located at https://xmh5752oemp2sztk.onion


Traderoute – A traditional and multisig escrow marketplace on Tor.


Valhalla (Silkkitie) – Originally a Finnish-only darknet market, now available in English. Valhalla is invite-only, and offers both traditional escrow and multisig transactions, 2FA, and PGP. Requires a referral link to register as either a buyer or a vendor.


Vendor Shop – Smaller shops started by some of the major darknet market vendors, usually specializing in certain types of items. Examples: Mollyworld and MegaPack.

VPN (Virtual Private Network) – A private network which extends across a public network (internet). Many experts recommend using a VPN in addition to using Tor! (hint hint)


Welcome to Dark Web Links and More! – Link list for Tor hidden services. Notable because they do not accept submissions of CP links, and also feature links to Usenet groups. Access it at https://jdpskjmgy6kk4urv.onion/links.html.


Zion Market – A newer multisig darknet market without user wallets. Buyers have the option of selecting 2-of-2 (the server and vendor have the keys), or 2-of-3 (the buyer also has a key). Uses 2FA, automated PGP, and Bitmessage alerts. Access it at http://zionshopusn6nopy.onion/_reg23.


Zocalo – A former darknet market specializing in marijuana, hash, and various paraphernalia associated with it. Recently closed due to lack of business.


Zork – A 1980’s text-based RPG that is now playable on the Tor network (via the not Evil search engine).


P.S. As I said above, this list is far from finished. So I’ll either add more entries in later, or do a part 2 to the post. Anyhow, hope you had fun, and feel free to add your suggestion