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See also: Darknet
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darknet (plural darknets)
- (Internet) A network of computers that can only be accessed using special software, configuration, or authorization, usually characterized by the anonymization of users, participating hosts, or both.
- 2005 October 5, Tim Gnatek, “Darknets: Virtual Parties With a Select Group of Invitees”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- Despite all the openness of the Internet, there are still places you cannot saunter into on the Web. You must be invited. These are “darknets”: exclusive peer-to-peer networks in which membership is based on circles of trust, whose activities are veiled from the general public.