The Deep Web is not a nice place. Here, people can hire assassins, take ransomware payments, purchase U.S. citizenship without revealing their identity, among other things, says an article on darkreading.com.
This information comes from Trend Micro, which used a tool called the "Deep Web analyzer," something of a web crawler, that collected URLS that were linked to TOR- and I2P-hidden sites, domains with nonstandard TLDs and Freenet resource identifiers, says darkreading.com.
The Deep Web is that portion of cyberspace that's not indexed by the search engines. The Dark Web is part of the bigger Deep Web, accessible only via special tools.
A Dark Web user could literally hire a rapist or assassin. In fact, assassins even advertise, such as the group C'thulhu. Pay them their fee and they'll maim, cripple, bomb and kill for you.
$3,000 will get you a "simple beating" to a "low-rank" target. $300,000 pays for the killing of a high-ranking political figure, staged to look like an accident.
Users can also hire (and do so much more commonly than the above) cybercriminals and child exploitation services.
The article points to additional research of the Deep Web, that cybercrooks use anonymization tools in creative ways. In fact, they are using TOR for the hosting of their command-and-control infrastructure. TorrentLocker is a type of malware, and it uses TOR to accept Bitcoin payments and host payment sites.
In other words, cybercriminals are using the Deep Web/Dark Web more and more commonly these days. TOR is being used for cybercriminals to receive payments for their hacking services.
But that's not the biggest problem of the deep, dark Web, is it? As mentioned, it can be used to hire someone to murder. Just what will all of this eventually evolve into in the next 10 years?