Dark Internet

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A dark internet,[1] dark address, lost net, dark address space, greynet or sparse darknets[2][1] refers to any or all network hosts on the Internet that no-one can reach.[1]

The dark Internet should not be confused with deep web or darknet distributed filesharing, which refer to hard-to-find websites and secretive networks that span the Internet; however, they are accessible from the internet. Also, in comparison to the deep web or Darknet, the data on the dark Internet is generally harmless in nature, being kept off the internet simply because it is data which most people won't need or search for anyway. Types of data include databases, chat records, and raw data which has been used for scientific articles.[3]


Failures within the allocation of Internet resources due to the Internet's chaotic tendencies of growth and decay are a leading cause of dark address formation. One form of dark address is military sites on the archaic MILNET. These government networks are sometimes as old as the original ARPANET, and have simply not been incorporated into the Internet's evolving architecture.

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  1. ^ a b c "Expedition to the lost net". BBC News. December 26, 2001. 
  2. ^ "IEEE Xplore Abstract - Defining and Evaluating Greynets (Sparse Darknets)". Ieeexplore.ieee.org. Sign in or purchase to access. 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  3. ^ NewScientist, september 2014