DeepDotWeb was a news site dedicated to events in and surrounding the dark web featuring interviews[1] and reviews about darknet markets,[2][3] Tor hidden services, privacy, bitcoin and related news. The website was seized on May 7, 2019 during an investigation into the owners' affiliate marketing model, in which they received money for posting links to certain darknet markets.[4]

Type of site
Technology news and information
Available inEnglish

Coverage has included darknet market drug busts,[5] pedophile crowdfunding,[6] the details of hacking of darknet markets,[7] as well as the diversification of markets such as TheRealDeal selling software exploits.[1]

Site features include blacklisted markets,[8] comparisons and reviews.

In May 2015, McAfee covered a free ransomware-as-a-service called 'Tox' hosted somewhere on the dark web[9] whose developers gave an interview to DeepDotWeb.[10]

Domain seizure

Lock screen when opening the page

On May 7, 2019, the and its sister .onion domain were redirected to a Domain Seizure notice. The notice was presented by the FBI and prominently displayed the logos of EUROPOL and numerous affiliate law enforcement agencies, including the British National Crime Agency and the German Bundeskriminalamt. The Israeli police alleged that the owners of DeepDotWeb had been receiving Bitcoin in exchange for links to black market sites on the deep web.[4]

See also


  1. Greenberg, Andy (17 April 2015). "New Dark-Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits to Hackers". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. Vaas, Lisa (13 February 2014). "Silk Road-alike "Utopia" dark-net market seized by Dutch police". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  3. "Utopia drugs market forced off Tor by Dutch police". BBC News. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. Kan, Michael (7 May 2019). "Feds Seize DeepDotWeb for Taking Money From Black Market Sites". Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. Price, Rob (13 Mar 2015). "Crazy photos of the drugs seized in the largest ever Deep Web drugs bust". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. Cook, James (14 November 2014). "Paedophiles Have Created A Deep Web Version Of Kickstarter To Crowdfund Child Porn". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  7. Love, Dylan (13 February 2014). "Major Online Marketplace Silk Road Hacked — Someone Stole All Its Bitcoins". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  8. Swearingen, Jake (2 October 2014). "A Year After Death of Silk Road, Darknet Markets Are Booming". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  9. Walter, Jim (23 May 2015). "Meet 'Tox': Ransomware for the Rest of Us". Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  10. DeepDotWeb (27 May 2015). "New DeepWeb Site Offers Free Ransomware Creation". Retrieved 31 May 2015.

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