How did the Deep Web become a thing?

Why? How? When? And who created the deep web if anyone knows? I know it's is a an online space for some of the most fricked up minds in the world, but how did it come into to being. Wouldn't the FBI, CIA, or literally ANY federal agency shut it down immediately?

Seriously, why is it a thing, how did it become a thing, when did it become a thing, and how did it become THIS big?

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    You're confusing two different things.  One is the Deep Web, which is basically the parts of the web which aren't indexed by search engines.  It includes things like infrastructure. 

    What you're thinking of is the "Dark Web", which is a set of web pages which can only be accessed with certain special software. 

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    All that the deep web is is that part of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard web search-engines. It is actually the largest part of the WWW.

    Computer-scientist Michael K. Bergman is credited with coining the term deep web in 2001 as a search-indexing term. He did not create the deep web only named it.

    The content of the deep web is hidden behind HTTP forms[6][7] and includes many very common uses such as web mail, online banking, private or otherwise restricted access social-media pages and profiles, some web forums that require registration for viewing content, and services that users must pay for, and which are protected by paywalls, such as video on demand and some online magazines and newspapers.

    The content of the deep web can be located and accessed by a direct URL or IP address, but may require a password or other security access to get past public-website pages.

  • Carson
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    There is Deep Web and there is Dark Web. You need a TOR to access either and bunch of security. Go messing around without it and the 'they' on there will find you. What most people see on their computers is way <5% of what is actually on the internet.

  • 8 months ago

    The "Deep Web" is simply internet content that isn't indexed for search engines.

    Which means it existed first.

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  • John
    Lv 7
    8 months ago


    All I know is that there has always been an "underground" internet. I mean things that are legal and legit - FTP sites, databases that require certain ways to get access, much more.  The outer internet we all use is more like TV. There's a lot more bandwidth than just TV.

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