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

By Xavier Piedra

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It’s Viral Market Crash week on Mashable. Join us as we take stock of the viral economy and investigate how the internet morphed from a fun free-for-all to a bleak hellscape we just can’t quit.

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 and or stolen goods, merchants on this corner of the web look like they’re expanding their services. Dark web sellers are creating “mystery boxes,” that contain random and sometimes terrifying objects that people are purchasing with Bitcoin and then opening on their YouTube channels. …

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