YouTubers are buying and opening terrifying mystery boxes from the dark web

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There was a time when unboxing videos focused on the fun and geeky merch you’d get from Loot Crate. Now, what was once an innocent way of showing off your cool products, has taken a creepy and disturbing turn thanks to the dark web.

While this deep and relatively difficult to access part of the internet is often used for nefarious activities like selling drugs or stolen goods, merchants on this corner of the web look like they’re expanding their services. Dark web sellers are apparently creating “mystery boxes” that contain random and sometimes terrifying objects. People then purchase the boxes with Bitcoin and open them in videos posted to their YouTube channels. Read more…

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