These "dark places" use the public Internet and much of it can be accessed by anyone - but you may have to use a special web browser, and anonymity rules. These sites are a subset of the so-called "deep web," which refers to web sites that aren't indexed by search engines.
The dark web is used by hackers, pornographers, and dealers in illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband, as well as (reportedly) terrorist groups, athough it's also used by people who seek anonymity for legitimate purposes, such as whistleblowers. As the name implies, though, it's generally seen as a place where those who gravitate to the "dark side" - pedophilia and other questionable sexual practices, "cutters" and self-mutilators, and even serial killers (or those who admire them) can gather online.
According to a Forbes article published today, a survey conducted by a Canadian company found that over 70 percent of people in two dozen countries favor laws that would shut down this part of the Internet. Where do you stand on this issue? Does the dark net threaten your business - maybe even your family? Read more here: