IamA journalist and author who specialises in writing about the Dark Web AMA!
I own the website All Thing Vice and wrote the book Silk Road: the shocking true story of the world’s most notorious online drugs market
A number of people asked for an AMA after I posted the following answer to a question to the Ask Reddit thread Deep Web Users of Reddit, what are your worst or scariest experiences you've had while browsing?:
Does it count if it wasn't exactly browsing, but very much dark web related?
I write about the dark web - that's my job. So I've spent part of pretty much every day of the past 4 or 5 years digging around in there. I've sat through fake red rooms, had fake hitmen try to bribe and then frighten me into taking down my stories about them and had accounts on every major online black market that ever existed.
I do a little crawl every few days to see what new sites have popped up and visit most of them.
The most frightening experience I've ever had is coming face to face with Lux, the owner of Pedoempire and Hurt2theCore, the most evil and reviled person on the entire dark web. He was responsible for procuring and hosting Daisy's Destruction, the most repulsive video ever made, created by Peter Scully, whose crimes were so bad, the Philippines are considering reinstating the death penalty especially for him.
It wasn't frightening because Lux was frightening - he was anything but. It was frightening because he looked so inoffensive and normal.
It was frightening because he was living proof that monsters walk among us and we never know.
I’m in early stages of another book that delves further into different aspects of the dark web – some horribly disturbing, others darkly amusing.
So if you're still interested, AMA Reddit, and I will answer as best I can
EDIT Well, this has been achingly slow - I got a lot more questions in the Ask Reddit thread! But I tend to have Reddit open in a tab most of the time, so I'll just keep answering questions until people stop asking them :) Thanks all for the questions so far! x Eiley