posted on Jan, 19 2013 @ 07:09 AM
They're so-called 'dark web' because they're not indexed by any search engines, and .onion sites are not the only 'dark webs' out there. Google
only indexes a tiny portion of the 'visible web'. A site found in the 'dark web' is not necessarily an illegal site, it's just a site using a
'hidden service', or one that simply isn't indexed. In addition to TOR, you have Freenet and I2P.
Illegal sites like the one described in the OP's article were all the rage on the web back in the 90's and early 2000's, before rounds of arrests
and sting operations made the operators and purveyors of such sites turn to tools such as TOR. Still, there are sites found on the freeweb that carry
all manner of illicit content, especially credit card fraud and drug trafficking.
I wouldn't fret over the illicit content on the 'dark web', there's far more of it on the visible web, and you can believe the police/Feds have
their informants working on all these sites.