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 buying drugs is the most innocuous thing you can do on it.

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 accounts of some seriously messed up stuff that happened on the deep web. Just be glad we did all the research and compiled all these stories in one place for you. Now you don’t have to worry about being on an FBI watch list because you were researching these things yourself.

(Before you dive in, here’s 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.)


Recipes For Human Meat

From Redditor /u/baconboyloiter:

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

From Redditor /u/cletch:

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]

From a former Redditor

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).”

They See You

From Redditor /u/fake_fakington:

This was back before Google. Web pages were, for the most part, still very basic HTML with Javascript. Hardly anyone used CSS. Only discussion boards and some banking sites had anything approaching mature front-end/back-end combinations. Etc. Early ‘Net. Real “deep web” story, not just one about illicit activities on-line.

I was browsing random blogs, Geocities sites, and the like, just going from link to link. Eventually I came upon an odd page – it appeared to be random thoughts from different people, but for the time, it was very well-designed. The messages seemed to be cryptic in nature, like several people trying to pass secret notes. I started through the source, and hidden in the comments of a javascript were various IP addresses.

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 IP’s 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 sub directories containing the same. nslookup returned no reverse records for the IP. A VisualRoute traced it as far as Colorado. The HTML files appeared to be records 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 sub directory back to the parent, at the top of was a new HTML file named something like “1-.HELLO-THERE.html”. The time stamp 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.

Don’t Click ‘Random’

From Redditor /u/neverlurking77:

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.

For Just A Few Bitcoins

From Redditor /u/IAmASharkFin

A website advertising a hitman, his services costing increasingly more bit coins 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

Who’s There?

From a former Redditor:

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.

Close Call

From Redditor /u/Semper_Fi_Cerberus:

It was my third time on the deep web and I was just looking around at sites. I found this one guys home page and on the side bar I saw a link that said “For journalist 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

Unsettling Pictures

From Redditor /u/nathzzzzz:

I ended up on some site full of weird pictures or what looked like dead people. I noped out.

ISIS Recruiters

From a former Redditor:

[I found an] ISIS recruiting page on Tor, linked from the Hidden Wiki. (?!?)

DIY Vasectomy Kit

From a Redditor:

[I saw a] DIY vasectomy kit on SR. it was a kit of weird dentist tool looking hooks and some tube thing. $20.

A Mysterious Job Opportunity

From Redditor /u/rom65536:

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.

The Ubiquitous Login Screen

From Redditor /u/digikun:

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?

Train Recordings

From Redditor /u/Tehan:

I once found a forum dedicated to sharing recordings of the automated messages that tell you the next stop on trains. People would post the recordings that they presumably made themselves and then they would discuss them.

It haunts me to this day. I have so many questions.

Automatic Grenade Launcher

From Redditor /u/Blast338

Only experimented with that stuff once. Found lots of WTF stuff. One thing that stuck around was a site selling military weapons. They had everything you could think of. I really wanted the tripod mounted grenade launcher with automation package.

Wizard Talk Radio

From Redditor /u/coffeemchire:

I found a radio station on Tor that was just people talking to each other, thinking they were wizards. But I can’t find it any more sadly.

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