Beware the dangers of the Dark Web

Accessing the Dark Web may be legal, but users may expose themselves to online crime such as cryptocurrency theft

The Dark Web is no longer being used by just hackers and drug peddlers. It is increasingly drawing in people from other walks of life - even in Singapore.

In September, a 47-year-old man here was sentenced to five years' jail, for plotting to murder his former lover's boyfriend by hiring a hitman on the Dark Web. And The New Paper reported in the same month that three other people in Singapore have been allegedly targeted through websites on the Dark Web that offer assassins for hire, with one of them believed to be a student at a school in Punggol.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2019, with the headline 'Beware the dangers of the Dark Web'. Subscribe