The Dangers of Buying Mystery Boxes on the Deep Web

Human teeth, excrement and memories with strange videos, are some of the elements that ‘youtubers’ claim to have found in these boxes. Beyond its veracity, a cybersecurity company explains the dangers of this type of shopping on the deep internet.

The Deep Web is the deep side of the internet, a place where conventional search engines do not have access, it is a space where special tools are required to open the doors to this world in which many have ventured to explore. There is a lot of talk about it, that you can buy weapons, drugs, child pornography and videos in which people are seen dying, material that breaks not only the laws but also the limits of morality.

Whether to gain clicks, meet a challenge or follow a trend, various ‘youtubers’ have uploaded videos in which they claim to have bought a box in the different digital stores found on the Deep Web. Part of their productions, in which they are seen opening the packages that supposedly arrive by mail at their homes, show strange content found in them: human teeth, excrement, used condoms, knives and USB memory sticks with unusual videos. among others.

Beyond whether the purchases they made were real or not, because there is also the possibility that they themselves assemble these boxes and act in front of their audience, there are the risks that entering a site of these can mean and providing personal information to them. sellers.

For the computer security company, Kaspersky Lab, the Deep Web as such does not represent a danger, the risky are the activities that a person does in it.

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"It is a parallel Internet, where there is a certain privacy that is taken advantage of by people who sell or buy something," explains the director for Latin America of Kaspersky's global research and analysis team, Dmitry Bestuzhev, in his interview with El Espectador. .

For this manager, beyond the danger that the content contained in one of these mystery boxes can represent, for which it is said that thousands of dollars can be asked for, is the provision of personal information to an anonymous seller. Names, identification number, residence address, postal code and other information requested at the time of shipment, can become a toxic cocktail in the hands of criminals whose intention is to affect their victim.

"Personal information is personal and if you give it to someone you should understand and be clear to whom you are providing it and under what conditions," explains Bestuzhev. Obviously, all these recommendations, in this type of business on the deep web, are not fulfilled, since a significant number of sellers, for carrying out illegal activities in said space, go anonymity to shield their identity.

As always in this matter, the message left by computer security experts is to be cautious on the internet. Be it the superficial web, which the vast majority access daily through search engines such as Google, Opera or Internet Explorer, or the deep web, cyberspace is home to many threats from which no one is exempt.