Kidnapped British model: what is the dark web and who are Black Death?

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past week, you’ll probably have seen the story of Chloe Ayling.

The 20-year-old British model claims that she was lured to a photo shoot in Milan where she was kidnapped. The plan, she says, was to sell her as a sex slave on the so-called dark web by a group calling itself Black Death.

You might find yourself utterly baffled by some of the terms and ideas expressed in reports on the story.

So who are Black Death and what is this dark web?

What is the dark web?

In short, the dark web is an area of the internet that you can’t access through standard search engines.

The term is often used interchangeably with deep web though the two terms do not mean the same thing. The deep web is any website whose contents can’t be accessed through standard search engines by nature.

This might include personal online

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