What is the deep web? If you don’t know, consider yourself lucky. The deep web consists of hidden websites that you need a special browser and a direct link to access. It’s completely anonymous, so obviously, some seriously heinous stuff goes down there. Selling and purchasing drugs is probably the most innocuous thing you can do on it. And pedophiles, Deep web is filled with pedophiles and all sorts of sick people. Reditters always post things that happened in the deep web. That’s why we wanted to collect 18 deep web stories from Reddit.
These aren’t just stories of the deep web – these are deep web horror stories. We dug through the bowels of the internet to find first-person experiences of some seriously messed up stuff that happened on the deep web.
Before you dive in, here are two things you need to know: Tor is the browser you need to browse the deep web, and the hidden wiki is a kind of portal to different websites.
So, here are 18 creepiest deep web stories posted on Reddit.
Recipes For Human Meat
In CompSci, we often got bored and d*cked around. One day we ran into the deep web. The most disturbing site we found was a comprehensive guide for cooking women. We’re not talking about a short joke here. This page had information on what body types to use for specific cuts, how to prepare these cuts, and how to cook the girl so she lives as long as possible.
I Spy Five Guys
Was on tor, browsing da usuals. Go out to eat foods at the Five Guys. Come back. More tor. Find a picture of me eating at Five Guys.
Hello, Mr. [Your Last Name]
I posted a comment on a video, and when I went back to that page to watch the video later, someone replied to my comment saying: “That is very astute of you Mr. (insert my last name).”
Don’t Click ‘Random’
On the deep web once upon a time, I was browsing tor. I paraded myself over to the hidden wiki and hit the random button a few times. What happened next scared the everliving sh*t out of me. There was a webpage that took longer to load (even by tor standards) and when it finally loaded, in giant black letters on my screen it said “YOU BETTER START RUNNING”
Needless to say I almost sh*t my pants. Anyway haven’t been back since yada-yada.
2/10 would not browse again.
One Hit Man, Please
A website advertising a hitman, his services costing increasingly more bitcoins based on the type of target. I don’t remember the exact amounts, but the order went something like this, from least to greatest: civilians, police, politicians, children. shudder.
I downloaded Tor and within 20 minutes of downloading it and browsing random sh*t I got a phone call but there was no one there and they just hung up after 10 seconds. I didn’t even know if it was legal at the time so that was enough to freak me out and I stopped right there.
It was my third time on the deep web and I was just looking around at sites. I found this one guy’s home page and on the sidebar, I saw a link that said: “For journalists and people new to the deep web”. I clicked on it hoping that it was interesting and helpful information. A new page opened and a picture started to load. Thank god for my slow internet because all that loaded was the head of an old Asian man with blood on his chin. I quickly closed the tab before the rest of the image loaded. To this day I wonder what the whole picture was but at the same time am thankful I didn’t see it.
TL: DR My slow internet probably saved me from seeing a gruesome picture
I ended up on some site full of weird pictures or what looked like dead people. I noped out.
The Ubiquitous Login Screen
Honestly? The creepiest stuff is the login screens.
Picture a page, with a plain HTML password field and submit button. If you type something wrong, the page just pops back up again. No error message, nothing.
Now picture hundreds of these nameless, blank login screens on the Deep Web.
What do you think is behind them?
A Mysterious Job Opportunity
I found a posting for someone with both “RN credentials and combat experience” They were offering $255K for six months of being “out of communication” and “aboard a ship”. Contact info was a PO Box in Washington DC.
Finally, This is one of my favorite deep web stories from Reddit.
They See You
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 Bla Bla….”). The default Cisco credentials from back in the day worked on most of them, but I didn’t poke around. A few of the IPs 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 subdirectories containing the same. nslookup returned no reverse records for the IP. A VisualRoute traced it as far as Colorado. The HTML files appeared to record 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 subdirectory back to the parent, at the top of was a new HTML file named something like “1-.HELLO-THERE.html”. The timestamp 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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