Dark Internet

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A dark Internet, dark address or Lost Net[1] refers to any or all network hosts on the Internet that can no longer be accessed through conventional means. It is also called dark address space, Greynet or Sparse Darknets.[2][3]

The dark Internet should not be confused with deep web or darknet, which refer to hard-to-find websites and secretive networks that span the Internet; however, they have a conventional means to be accessed, whereas the dark Internet address is any portion of the Internet that can no longer be accessed through conventional means.[1]


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 "Expedition to the lost net". BBC News. December 26, 2001. 
  2. ^ Moore, David; Shannon, Colleen; Voelker, Geoffrey M.; Savage, Stefan (2014). "Network Telescopes: Technical Report" (PDF). caida.org. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  3. ^ "IEEE Xplore Abstract - Defining and Evaluating Greynets (Sparse Darknets)". Ieeexplore.ieee.org. 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2014-08-18.