(1) A file sharing network used to illegally distribute copyrighted digital music and videos, as well as nefarious documents. Before the Internet, people used floppy disks, tape cartridges and bulletin boards (see BBS). See peer-to-peer network.
The Dark Web is defined as a collection of websites that can be viewed publically even though the IP address of the website's server is hidden. The information is anonymous and untraceable unless special software is used.
An example of the Dark Web is Silk Road, a website for the buying and selling of recreational drugs.