Dark Web Dictionary

If you’re just beginning to delve into the Dark Web, you must understand the lingo. For those of you that are just beginning with the DarknetMarkets, we have compiled a list of the terms you might come across while browsing around. Below is a Dark Web Dictionary.


4-Methylthioamphetamine (4-MTA)A Schedule I drug similar to para-Methoxyamphetamine (PMA). It is a serotonin releaser and stimulant, with a primary side effect of hyperthermia.
A-PVPA designer drug similar to pyrovalerone. It is a synthetic psychostimulant that can cause hyperstimulation, paranoia, and hallucinations.
ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental impairment characterized by a difficulty in maintaining focus and/or hyperactivity.
Administrator (admin)A responsible person charged with the ongoing administration of a given system, service, project, or organization.
AL-LADAlso known as 6-allyl-6-nor-LSD, it is a psychedelic drug and an analog of LSD.
Alkyl nitratesMore commonly known as ‘poppers’, they are recreation drugs that can cause headrush and muscle relaxation.
AltcoinAltcoins are Bitcoin-alternative cryptocurrencies. Generally, they project themselves as better substitutes for Bitcoin.
AmmunitionProjectiles used by firearms.
AmphetamineA central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Amphetamines are drugs that predominantly increase alertness and concentration.
Anabolic steroidsAnabolic steroids are drugs that include hormones such as testosterone; these steroids help with muscle growth or losing body fat through the production of protein.
AnonFilesA file sharing site where users can upload files and provide custom links for download.
AnonymityWhen a user hides their communication channel to protect his or her identity from being shared with another user or with a third party.
AOLA mass media company that offers a webmail service, known as AOL Mail. AOL Mail differs from AOL’s traditional e-mail program because it doesn’t require special software.
API KeyAn application programming interface (API) code used to identify users, programs, or developers and may track or control how the API is being used. The key may be included in some digest of the requested content to further verify the origin and to prevent tampering with the values.
AstridThe creator/moderator of DarkNetMarkets.
AUDThe abbreviation for The Australian Dollar, Australia’s currency.
AuthenticationA process of validating information.
AvengersA team of LSD testers and sellers from Silk Road. They can be reached on the Majestic Garden Forum.
Average vendor processProcess
users need to go to be a vendor in a marketplace.
AYBAn abbreviation for “All You’re Base”, a pop-culture reference meaning victory.
AYWAn abbreviation for “All You’re Wiki”.


BackopyThe person who was in charge of Black Market Reloaded (BMR).
BalanceThe money a user has available in their account.
BarbituratesA group of ‘downer’ drugs that can induce drowsiness and decrease anxiety. They are also used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms from other drug use.
BenzodiazepinesDrugs that can assist with anxiety or insomnia treatment. They have sedative, anxiolytic, and muscle relaxant properties, amongst others. They can have adverse effects when used long-term.
Bergie WebA part of the internet where indexed “underground” sites can be accessed without a proxy.
Bitcoin (BTC)A cryptocurrency that allows users to make online purchases with no or minimal transaction fees.
Bitcoin ExchangeA process or service for exchanging Bitcoins to money, and vice versa.
Black Market GoodsProducts that are being sold on deep web marketplaces.
Black Market ReloadedOne of the oldest sites on the dark web, it was a marketplace specializing in illicit goods. BMR has closed down.
BlockchainThe database of Bitcoins transactions, akin to a ledger.
BotnetsA number of Internet-connected devices controlled as a group to perform various tasks. They are typically infected with malware and controlled without the owner’s permission.
Bromo-DragonflyA psychedelic drug considered to be extremely potent.
BuprenorphineAn opioid medication typically used in the treatment of opioid addiction. It is less potent than opioids such as heroin.
BuyersCustomers on dark markets.


CADAn abbreviation for the Canadian dollar.
CaffeineA stimulant that increases energy. Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, and some soft drinks.
CannabisA THC-rich plant used as a recreational drug, commonly known as marijuana, weed, or hash. It can be consumed or smoked to achieve a high.
Cannabis GrowingThe production of cannabis products.
CardingThe art of stealing and selling credit card information or running credit card-based scams.
CathinonesA substance that is chemically similar to ephedrine, cathine, methcathinone, and other amphetamines.
CipherspaceA generic term for encrypted cyberspace, such as I2P.
CirrusAn administrator on the Silk Road forum.
ClassifiedsA collection of small advertisements.
ClearnetThe classification of sites that can be visited from every browser without the use of specialized proxies.
CNHAn abbreviation for the Chinese Yuan when traded outside of mainland China.
CocaineAn addictive stimulant drug found in powder or crystal form; the drug is typically snorted and can induce psychosis, a euphoric high, and/or agitation.
CodeineAn opioid used to pains, it is often used as a recreational drug when combined with promethazine in the form of a syrup (commonly known as ‘lean’ or ‘purple drank’).
CoinAsiaA proposed Cryptocurrency and blockchain to be sovereign backed for the Asian continent.
Cold StorageAn offline wallet to store cryptocurrencies.
ConcentratesA darknet marketplace where users can get hash oil, cream, vaporizer, etc.
ConferencesMeetings between users on the deep web.
CPAn abbreviation for Child Pornography.
CrackA form of cocaine that can be smoked; also known as crack rocks.
Crypto NewsA news site covering topics such as politics, technology, security, the dark web, Bitcoin, etc.
CryptocurrencyA digital currency that can be used anonymously. The most prominent cryptocurrency is Bitcoin.
CryptographyThe field and study of creating and solving codes; cryptography is the foundation of digital encryption algorithms.
CVVA three-digit security code located on the back of payment cards.


Dark WebA relatively clandestine part of the World Wide Web that is not indexed by search engines and can only be accessed by specialized software such as the Tor browser.
DarkNetMarketsThey are the digital marketplaces on the dark web where users can make illicit transactions.
DaturaA plant containing tropane alkaloids that can be ingested as a drug. It can cause users to become delirious, hyperthermic, have an increased heart rate, and cause temporary photophobia.
DBANAn open-source software that can delete information on users’ hard disk drives.
DOBDeate of birth of the cardholder (credit-card owner)
DuckDuckGo (DDG)An alternative search engine that does not track or monitor users’ searches.
DDOSAn abbreviation for Distributed Denial of Service; DDoS is a cyber-attack that uses multiple systems to make the target’s network unavailable through traffic overload.
Deep WebA section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines. The Deep Web contains such things as intranets, banking information, membership sites, and also the Dark Web.
DeepDotWebA news site that provides current news and content about the Deep Web, including topics on privacy, cryptocurrencies, and darknet markets.
DefconThe largest and oldest offline underground hacking conference.
DepositsA sum of money placed into an account.
Digital itemsIn electronic commerce, digital items are used to describe any goods that are stored electronically, such as accounts, software, and ebooks.
DigitalinkThe first drug vendor on Silk Road to get arrested.
DisputeIn electronic commerce, a disagreement between a buyer and vendor; disputes are typically centered on payment or delivery failure.
DissociativesA category of drugs that produce hallucinogenic effects, characterized by a sense of detachment from themselves and their immediate environment.
DKKAn abbreviation for the Danish Krone, the official currency of Denmark and Greenland.
DoDA scammer on darknet markets.
DomesticGeographically and politically in the same jurisdiction; in electronic commerce, this can refer to product creation and distribution.
DoxAn internet term for when identifying or otherwise private information has been published about an individual or their alias.
DonationsFunds or items that are provided to another party, typically without recompensation.


EcstasyThe most well-known street name for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a psychoactive drug that increases felt sensations and euphoria.
EdiblesA term used for consumable drugs such as marijuana and mushrooms.
Electrum PluginA tool that facilitates the use of multiple transactions on darknet marketplaces; Electrum itself is a Bitcoin Wallet.
Emergency BTC AddressA cryptocurrency wallet address that site administrators will send held funds to in the case of an unexpected market shutdown.
EmpathogensA category of psychoactive drugs that induce emotional openness.
EncryptionThe conversion of data into an obfuscated code to prevent unauthorized access.
Erectile dysfunctionThe inability for a male to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse; also known as impotency.
EscrowA third party often times a marketplace, that holds funds while a transaction is made between the buyer and the seller.
EURAn abbreviation for the Euro currency.
Exchange RatesThe value of one currency in comparison to another.
Exit ScamWhen an administrator or vendor is leaving and illicitly takes users’ funds prior to his or her exit.
Exploit KitsSoftware kits that identify and exploit vulnerabilities in client machines, typically with the intent of injecting and executing malicious code.
ExploitsLeveraging vulnerabilities to take advantage of a system.
ExplosivesReactive materials that rapidly expand (explode) when exposed to an external stimulus, such as an electric charge or heat source.


Fagmin/dgftAn administrator on Torchan; also a pronoun for an administrator who abuses their privileges.
FAQAbbreviation for Frequently Asked Questions.
FBIAn abbreviation for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
FEIn electronic commerce, specifically on darknet markets, it is an abbreviation for Finalizing Early without an Escrow.
FeedbackIn electronic commerce, feedback is commentary and/or ratings on the quality of a product, service, or the other party of a transaction.
FentanylAn extremely potent opioid painkiller.
FlushA Silk Road administrator that Dread Pirate Roberts allegedly paid to have killed.
ForumA place for discussion. On the internet, forums are characterized by allowing users to start and comment on conversation ‘threads’.
FraudDeception intended on creating financial or otherwise personal gains.
Freedom HostingA web hosting service catered specifically to deep web sites, accessible by the likes of Tor and other specialized browsers.
FreenetAn anonymous P2P service for publishing websites and files accessible only through its software, akin to Tor and I2P.
FUDAbbreviation for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.


GalaxyOn the deep web, Galaxy is a Tor-accessible social network specifically made for users of the deep web.
GawkerWas a media blog that shut down in 2016.
GBPAn abbreviation for the British Pound currency.
GCHQAn abbreviation for the UK Government Communications Headquarters, England’s signal intelligence center.
GHBAn abbreviation for 4-hydroxybutanoic (also known as Gamma-hydroxybutyrate or γ-Hydroxybutyric acid)acid, it is a central nervous system depressant used to treat narcolepsy. Also known as Liquid X, it is used as a ‘date rape’ drug and can cause loss of consciousness, hallucinations, euphoria, and increased sex drive.
GramsA search engine for the darknet, it indexes Tor-based sites and marketplaces.


HackBBAn infamous hacking forum on the darknet that was shut down in 2013.
Hand WeaponsAlso known as melee weapons, they are items used in close range, hand-to-hand combat.
Hard CandyA darknet page where users could find child pornography.
Harry71An onion robot that shows users which sites are running on the Tor network.
HeroinAn opioid drug that comes from the poppy plant. It is used recreationally for its euphoric effects and is highly addictive.
Hidden ServiceAn .onion domain name that can only be accessed by the Tor browser.
Hidden WikiA censorship-resistant wiki for Tor sites.
HoneypotIn cybersecurity, a deceptive measure in detecting unauthorized use and/or access of information systems. A honeypot will typically contain data that appears to be enticing or legitimate for unauthorized users.
Hub ForumsA forum on the dark web oriented towards reviews of darknet marketplaces, sites, and cryptocurrencies.
HushmailAn encrypted email service.


I2PSoftware that provides access to a network that allows for anonymous browsing, messaging, and file transfers.
IbogaineA substance with psychedelic properties, it is used for substance abuse treatments.
ICQAn early instant messaging program, it is a derivative of “I Seek You” in English.
INRAn abbreviation for the Indian Rupee currency.
InternationalConcerning or relating to multiple countries.
Inviter UserA person who invites a user on a darknet marketplace or forum.
IRCAn abbreviation for Internet Relay Chat, a protocol that facilitates text communications.


JabberAlso known as XMPP, it is a secure chat-messaging protocol.
JBAn abbreviation for jailbait, young women who are under the age of sexual consent but are considered to be sexually provocative or attractive.


KetamineAn anesthetic drug.
KhatA plant found in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula that acts as a stimulant and causes euphoria when ingested.


LavabitAn encrypted email service, it is most known for being used by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
LE / LEO’s / LEA’sAn abbreviation for Law Enforcement / Law Enforcement Officers / Law Enforcement Agents, respectively.
LibertasA pseudonym used by a Silk Road administrator.
LibraryIn relation to Tor hidden services, Tor Library is an extensive repository for media files.
LitecoinsA cryptocurrency based on an open source protocol.
LocalBitcoinsA P2P exchange where users can buy and sell bitcoins (BTC).
LocalMoneroA P2P exchange where users can buy and sell Monero (XMR).
Long–Range GunsRifles that are optimal for long distance shooting.
Love LetterA letter sent from the postal service to the destination’s address informing the recipient that a package has been seized. They can also be sent from buyers to scam the recipient(s).
LSDAn abbreviation for lysergic acid diethylamide, it is a psychedelic drug that alters the users’ perceptions.


MalwareAn abbreviation for malicious software that is typically used to disrupt computer or mobile operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising.
MAOIsAn early antidepressant medication.
Marco Polo Task ForceAn multi-agency task force that investigated Silk Road. The US FBI, BAFTE, DHS, IRS, Postal Inspection, and Secret Service are known to have been members.
Mariana’s WebA joke used to refer to the deepest and darkest parts of the deep web, accessible through impossible means.
MarketplacesIn electronic commerce, websites where users can purchase goods or services. On the darknet, these are typically illicit.
MDA/MDAIA synthetic, psychoactive drug used recreationally to experience emotional openness.
MDPVA stimulant that functions as a dopamine inhibitor. It is a designer drug-variant of Pyrovalerone and is often used as a recreational drug.
MescalineA psychedelic drug comparable to LSD.
MethadoneAn opioid painkiller. It is also used in the treatment of drug addiction.
MethamphetamineIs Commonly known as ‘meth’, methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant medically used to treat obesity and ADHD. It is known to induce euphoria and is an aphrodisiac, making it popular as a recreational drug.
MethylphenidateMost popularly known as Ritalin, it is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Alternatively, it can be used in small doses to enhance a user’s cognition.
MixieA Tor hidden service that provided private messaging services.
MollyA drug that is sold on the marketplace on the deep web.
Monero (XMR)An open-source cryptocurrency created in April 2014 that focuses on privacy, decentralization, and scalability.
MorphineAn opioid medication used as a central nervous system block, it is an extremely potent painkiller.
MSMAn abbreviation for Mainstream Media, typically referring to large media entities such as Fox News or CNN.
MtGoxA Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange, the entity infamously came under fire for filing for bankruptcy and the assumed theft of bitcoins.
MTLjohnA scammer on Silk Road.
Multi-SignatureAbbreviated as ‘multisig’, it can refer to an escrow that requires more than one key to authorize a transaction. Alternatively, it could also refer to a digital signature that represents a group of users.
Mushroom GrowingMushrooms that you can grow in your home
MushroomsIn the context of drugs, mushrooms (or ‘shrooms’) refers to mushrooms containing psilocybin – a psychedelic substance.
MXE/MXPA dissociative drug reportedly similar to ketamine and Phencyclidine (PCP).


NamelessAn internet relay chat on the dark web.
NicotineAn addictive stimulant commonly found in cigarettes, cigars, snus, and chewing tobacco.
Nitrous OxideA colorless gas used as an anesthetic in the medical field and as a euphoric substance when used recreationally. When above room temperature, it functions as a potent oxidizer.
NOKAn abbreviation for the Norwegian Krone currency.
NootropicsCommonly known as ‘smart drugs’, they are substances that serve as performance enhancers for cognitive function.


OnionThe top-level domain for sites accessible through the Tor network.
Onion BrowserAn iOS application that allows users to tunnel and encrypt internet traffic through the Tor network.
Onion RoutingA protocol for anonymous network communications that encrypts data in several layers, analogously referencing onion layers.
OnionForumA user forum on the deep web for a variety of topics, it is an onion site.
OnionlandA phrase for the deep web, specifically the general body of onion sites.
OnionNetAn anonymous internet relay chat service for Tor.
opDarknetAn abbreviation for Operation Darknet, a DDoS attack facilitated by the ‘Anonymous’ hacking group on a child pornography sharing website.
Operation OnymousAn international operation conducted by law enforcement entities that targeted a collection of onion sites, including Silk Road 2.0.
OpiateA drug or other substance that contains or is derived from opium.
OpioidPain relievers derived from opium, such as morphine.
OpiumDried latex from the opium poppy that contains morphine alkaloid such as morphine, or if the poppy is specially bred, codeine.
OPSECAn abbreviation for operation security, the process of identifying critical information that may be used by others for purposes not beneficial to one’s own.
Optimus Crime/OCFounder and administrator of the HackBB forum.
OrBotAn application for Android devices that facilitates anonymous web browsing, instant messaging, and emailing through proxies.
OxycodoneAn opioid painkiller. It is also used to treat opioid withdrawal in combination with naloxone.


ParaphernaliaItems related to or required for an activity. Drug paraphernalia, for example, may be a pipe or a bong.
PastebinA Clearnet site where users can publish text anonymously, it is often used to share code.
PGPAbbreviation for Pretty Good Privacy, an encryption program popular for encrypting emails and files.
PharmacyIn reference to the deep web, a source (such as a darknet market) that dispenses drugs.
PhishingThe practice of fraudulently sending emails supposedly from a reputable party or entity in an attempt to gain credentials or information.
Pidgin OTROff-the-Record (OTR) messaging plugin for the Pidgin messaging software.
PIN CodeA method of user authentication for accounts through verification of a designated number sequence, typically in relation to electronic transactions
PistolA small firearm designed to be held in one hand. slang a very energetic or enterprising person
PrescriptionIn the medical field, an authorization for the patient (or recipient) to be provided a treatment, medication, or other restricted substance.
PrivacyThe intentional restriction of information pertaining to a person, with the intent of not being observed by certain parties.
Processing TimeA duration of time between the initiation of an action and its completion or verification.
ProductionThe creation of a product.
Project Black FlagA former darknet market. The founder, MettaDPR, allegedly carried out an exit scam when the site closed.
ProxyA virtual service that changes users’ IP addresses when using the internet.
PsychedelicsDrugs with hallucinogenic, perception-altering effects.
RAT (Remote Administration Tool)Software that allows the user to control another computer from a distance with the same usability as they would have if they had physical access to the computer.


RC (Research Chemicals)Commonly known as designer drugs, research chemicals are created to mimic the results and effects of known medications.
RegisterCreate an account or otherwise identify yourself to a service, such as e-commerce sites.
ResolutionA decision, settlement, or agreement, most often following a dispute.
ReviewsFeedback about a product, service, or interaction.
RiseupA secure email service.
Ross UlbrichtThe founder and administrator of Silk Road, commonly known by his pseudonym ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ (DPR).
RUBAn abbreviation for the Russian Ruble currency.


SalesThe selling of products or services.
SalviaA psychedelic drug typically consumed by smoking or chewing, its primary acting agent is salvinorin A.
Same Same But Different (SSBD)A former Silk Road moderator, SSBD was arrested and made headlines.
SamplesA free item that is given to a potential customer, typically to confirm the item or its use.
Satoshi NakamotoThe pseudonym of Bitcoin’s designer and creator.
Save SearchA search that is saved by a system, browser, or website.
ScammerA person or entity who fraudulently deceives people or entities for financial or otherwise personal gain.
SearchRelating to the internet, the action of seeking specific data, information, or webpages through keywords.
Security CodeA code that is sent to users in the event they forget their passwords or to new users to confirm their contact details. Alternatively, it can refer to a three-digit code on payment cards.
Security SoftwareSoftware that provides security for a computer or network against malware, viruses, spyware, and other applications that are malicious in nature.
SEKAn abbreviation for the Swedish Krona currency.
Selective ScammingFraudulent deception of a group of people that meet certain criterion.
Self-DefenceThe defence of oneself from harm, often in the context of addressing a threat with force.
Shadow WebA portion of the deep web that contains immoral and illegal activities, such as redrooms.
SheepA former darknet market. The site shut down in 2013 following the owner pulled an exit scam.
ShillingA monetary unit in Africa and former monetary unit of England.
ShippingThe transportation of an item to a designated location, typically through a third party.
SIGAINTA Tor hidden service that offers security services.
Silk RoadThe first modern darknet market, and one of the most successful. The e-commerce site has gone through several versions and is best known for the sales of illegal drugs.
Silk Road 2.0The second version of the Silk Road. It was created by original administrators from Silk Road following the arrest of founder Ross Ulbricht.
SMACA software that can change a system’s Media Access Control (MAC) address. It is also an abbreviation for Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud.
SMS4TorAn anonymous messaging service on the Tor network.
SnuffSlang for murder. In the context of the dark web and redrooms in specific, it is the filming or live streaming of murder.
SocksA proxy server that operates by establishing a TCP connection to another server on behalf of a client system.
SolventsSubstances repurposed for users to inhale in attempts to get intoxicated, such as inhaling vapors from petroleum products, paint thinner, or acetone.
SQL InjectionThe injection of malicious code into a web application to alter or retrieve data from a SQL database that the application is linked to.
StatsAbbreviation for statistics.
StealthThe use of caution or technology in attempts to not draw attention.
SteroidsIn relation to medications, anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone.
StimulantsIn relation to drugs, substances that increase alertness, energy, or bodily activities. Also referred to as ‘uppers’.
Street methadoneThis drug is it sold by the name of Dolophine, it works very slow it can take 24 hours to get the whole feeling of the drug. It helps you treat your pain.
SupportIn relation to electronic commerce, services provided to users who require assistance, have inquiries or require resolution of an issue.
SyntheticsArtificial composition. Examples include synthetic drugs, synthetic fabric, and synthetic gemstones.


TailsAn operating system that is centered on privacy and anonymity, it can be started from removable media devices such as DVDs or flash drives.
Talk MaskedA forum on the Clearnet and Tor network.
The Marketplace (i2p)A market that is on an i2p network it is praised by its security and it holds all funds in escrow during the ordering process.
TobaccoA plant containing nicotine; cured leaves are consumed or smoked by users.
Tony76A vendor on Silk Road infamous for conducting a large-scale scam.
TOROriginally an abbreviation for The Onion Router, it is a software that allows for anonymous communication.
Tor Browser Bundle (TBB)Browser that helps you search anonymously.
Tor MailAn email service that allowed Tor users to send and receive anonymous emails. It went offline in 2013.
TorBrokerAn brokerage that allows customers to buy and sell stocks and ETFs anonymously.
TorchA search engine for .onion sites in the Tor network.
TorchatAn anonymous messaging service on for Tor.
TorDirAn outdated directory of .onion sites in the Tor network.
TorMarketA former darknet market.
TramadolAn opioid painkiller.
TrueCryptA notoriously strong disk-encryption software. It is currently outdated and is no longer being supported or developed as of 2014.
TRYAn abbreviation for the Turkish Lira currency.
TumbleThe action of laundering Bitcoins.


USDAn abbreviation for the US Dollar currency.
Utopia marketplaceA shortlived darknet market, having only been online for 8 days prior to being shut down by Dutch law enforcement.