The dark web (also called the darknet) is often associated with images of midnight hackers and secretive villains working in solitude. In reality, the deep web and darknet are hives of communal activity spanning all hours. These areas of the internet are used by people seeking anonymity for a variety of reasons, both illicit and lawful in nature.
Security professionals and public safety officials have a vested interest in discovering threat intelligence on the deep web and darknet. This intelligence allows organizations to detect and prevent threats of all kinds—But first, what exactly are the deep web and dark web?