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Decentralized Darknet Markets Have Arrived: OpenBazaar 2.0 Beta Launches with Support for Tor

  OpenBazaar recently launched the beta version of OpenBazaar 2.0, finally allowing people to anonymously buy and sell products with cryptocurrency. In January of this year a Developer Release of version 2.0 of the OpenBazaar software was released, followed by the alpha version. The previous releases of OpenBazaar 2.0 used a testnet, but now with the beta version of the ... Read More »

Cuba’s Digital Black Markets

Cuba is an island nation where less than 5% of the people living there have internet access. The country is one of the last Marxist-Leninist states in the world. The Cuban government does not allow complete unfettered access to the open internet, and like in many other countries around the world, such as China, many sites are blocked or censored ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Leave Fake Negative Reviews to Disrupt Darknet Markets

While law enforcement is virtually powerless to shut down the darknet drug trade, new research suggests that law enforcement may be able to disrupt it to a certain extent and discourage new buyers from making purchases by leaving fake negative reviews. The researchers studied the sale of opioids on Crypto Market during a six month period which covered between October ... Read More »

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Only 3% of Counterfeit Euros in France from Darknet Markets

France, despite a drastic decline in counterfeit use throughout Europe, still sees a significant number of counterfeiting crimes. Very few of the counterfeit noted in circulation originated from within France, as well. Yet, out of all the countries in Europe, France is first on the list of countries most affected by counterfeit currency. The director of the anti-counterfeiting detailed the ... Read More »

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As Meth Spreads in Hong Kong, Darknet Markets Cause Concern

In Hong Kong, drug treatment specialists and counselors are concerned that children and young adults are not getting the drug education they need. The problem, according to several specialists in the treatment field, comes from an increased level of availability and a decreased level of law enforcement intervention. Young people who would otherwise be unable to access drugs can do ... Read More »

World Drug Report: Cocaine Trafficking and Darknet Markets

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released the World Drug Report on June 22. Drug trends resembled those from the Global Drug Survey. Health issues as well. The World Drug Report highlighted additional changes to the drug landscape: global increases of coca bush cultivation. Coca bush cultivation increased by 30 percent between 2015 and 2016. Given the increased ... Read More »

The Distribution of Opioids on a Darknet Markets – A Research Study

Crypto-marketplaces are marketplaces that are hosted on anonymous networks, such as the Tor network, or other Darknets, and are mainly focused on the sale of illegal substances and illicit drugs. These online marketplaces utilize various tools to ensure the anonymity of their users and confidentiality of the delivered products by mail. Throughout the past few years, illicit drug trafficking on ... Read More »

25% of UK Drug Users Use Darknet Markets

The Global Drug Survey (GDS) is a London-based drug and alcohol research group that releases, once a year, the results of the world’s largest survey on drug use. The survey covers, for example, trends in drug popularity within a specific country. One point of interest from the Global Drug Survey 2016 showed that global darknet market usage increased significantly—and it ... Read More »

Former Tor Director: Drug Markets Have Taken Over

A writer at CyberScoop, last month, spoke with the former director of The Onion Project, Andrew Lewman. Lewman left the Tor project two years ago and now works at OWL Cybersecurity. He advises military and intelligence agencies in the United States, including the NSA and DHS. As Patrick Howell O’Neill wrote, “his meetings with governments have gone from educating officials ... Read More »

Europol Links Darknet Markets and Terrorism

Europol—via themselves, law enforcement, the private sector, or otherwise—continually made Bitcoin-related appearances over the last five years. And according to the most recent study that involved Bitcoin and illegal firearm trade, illegal firearm dealers moved to the darknet. Not just any firearm dealers (I.e., vendors), but organized crime vendors. Europol quietly pushed a connection between organized crime, the dark web, ... Read More »

Tax Fraud Up 6,000 Percent as W-2s Fill Darknet Markets

Internet scams are nothing new. Every time one scam gets outdated, the scammer move from one scam to the next. And while people may have learned that those emails never came from African prince and princesses, they started falling for new scams. IBM’s X-Force found a 6,000 percent increase in email fraud between December 2016 and January 2017. The researchers, ... Read More »

Research Reveals Australia is an Emerging Leader in Darknet Markets

According to research presented at the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association Conference this month, Australia is only second to the Netherlands in the number of darknet market vendors per capita. There are a higher number of vendors from Australia on darknet markets when it comes to global trade of drugs, especially methamphetamine. These vendors account for over a quarter of ... Read More »

Dark Net Markets Launching Bug Bounty Programs

Dark web marketplaces are using the same model as legit businesses – they are launching bug bounty programs to protect them against possible hacks. The rewards will make bounty hunters analyze the websites, find security flaws, and earn profits. According to tech magazine CyberScoop, Hansa Market is one of these marketplaces. Hansa, which made about $3 million last year, has ... Read More »