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McAfee shines a light on the dangers of the Dark Web

Everything may seem happy and shiny as you flit about the Internet, surfing from Facebook to Netflix, and popping in every now and then to check your email. But just as there are dark alleys in a city, though, there is a seedy underside to the Internet as well. According to a new report from McAfee, the “Dark Web” has matured into a dangerous underground marketplace for cybercriminals.

While you’re busy buying the DVD of 12 Years a Slave from Amazon, cyber crooks are doing some shopping as well. They’re buying off-the-shelf, plug-and-play exploit kits from the booming cybercrime-as-a-service industry, or selling stolen personal information and credit card details to other online thieves. The Dark Web works a lot like the normal Web by facilitating innovation and commerce—it’s just more nefarious.

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