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Research: 47% Of All Bitcoin Transactions Involves Illegal Trading Mostly On ‘Darkweb’

Talis Putnins and Jonathan Karlsen, Professors at the University of Technology Business School in Sydney, together with Dr. Sean Foley from Sydney University, have been jointly working on a research whose results are shocking. In their yet to be published document ”Sex, Drugs, Darknet and Bitcoins,” the nearly half of all bitcoin transactions involve illegal trading either directly or indirectly ... Read More »

Research: Exploring the Regulation System and Market Culture of AlphaBay

Legal marketplaces are governed by federal state law, and market participants hold the right to resort to legal recourse whenever they might be faced with fraudulent behavior. Law enforcement promotes insurance, stability and transparency of commerce taking place across legal markets. Interestingly enough, illegal markets have to somehow emulate the main approaches adopted by legal markets to become successful and ... Read More »

Research: Most Studies that Examined the Structure of Darknet Communities Weren’t Accurate!

Throughout the past decade, the popularity of Darknet usage has been skyrocketing secondary to the public’s concern regarding their privacy and anonymity on the internet. Most research studies delving into the structural features of darknet communities during the past few years, concluded that most activities taking place in various darknet communities are more or less illegal. However, more recently, many ... Read More »

Novel Defense Techniques To Secure Tor Communications – A Research Study

The Tor network depends mainly on resources, which are owned and managed by volunteers, to cater daily for millions of internet users seeking to maintain high levels of anonymity and privacy. As such, these resources have to be efficiently managed, by the Tor network, while also dealing with challenges facing its utility and robustness. A large percentage of the challenges ... Read More »

Research PSA: DNM Vendors Survey

Posted at the request of Prof. David Décary-Hétu’s (profile here) and Marie Ouellet’s (profile here), Both have the full confidence and endorsment of DDW who has been following their work for the past few years: Are you selling drugs online? Do you have a few minutes to help us improve our understanding of the harm reduction capacity of cryptomarkets? If ... Read More »

DEA Arrests Two in “RCPowders” Research Chemical Raid

On August 29, DEA agents raided a drug lab in an apartment in Queens, New York City, New York. Wearing hazmat suits, agents from the DEA’s Newark Field Division arrested the apartment owner and the suspected drug dealer, 34-year-old Brian Parker. Meanwhile, at a separate location, officers arrested his suspected accomplice, 29-year-old Victoria Koleski. The duo, according to Acting US ... Read More »

Research PSA: DNM Vendors, Have Your Say!

A request for participants in a research consudcted by a team of researchers with vast experience in the DNM scenes, posted at their request and published here, they have the full confidence and endorsment of DDW who has been following their work for the past few years: —- Do you sell drugs online? Are you interested in sharing your views ... Read More »

Dutch Police Arrest Three in Research Chemical Investigation

In early August, Dutch police forces raided a drug laboratory in Boxtel, a small town in the southern Netherlands. The police arrested three suspects for alleged drug distribution at an international level. Police left out the majority of the details, but members of a subreddit fit pieces together and found the identity of the three suspects. The newly arrested drug ... Read More »

UK Police Fail to Identify Bitcoin, Research Group Claims

The N8 Policing Research Partnership, in early August, published a report that called for an increased law enforcement involvement in bitcoin seizures. The research group, hereinafter “N8,” proposed that UK police needed cryptocurrency training for several reasons. The most significant, they explained, involved the role Bitcoin had on modern criminal activity. According to their report, Bitcoin had become the most ... Read More »

A New Blockchain Market Engineering Approach – A Research Paper

Market engineering refers to the process of prudently restructuring a market aiming at transforming it into efficient and effective means for execution of exchange transactions. Via presenting a holistic, interdisciplinary set of tools to systematically analyze, design, structure and build the elements of various market platforms, to determine fields of application and also to formulate theoretical design and develop evaluation ... 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 »

Monitoring Malicious Activities On Darknets – A Research Study

Darknets are comprised of machines and/or servers with unassigned IP addresses, which operate in a passive mode that is characterized by minimal or no communication with public parts of the internet. It is rather unusual for data to be received on such networks; and if this happens, malicious activity is suspected. Data sent in such way could represent an adversary ... Read More »

Types of Cyberattacks Hitting the Dark Web – A Research Paper

The dark web represents parts of the internet that only exist on darknets and overlay networks. Special software, such as the Tor browser, and network configurations are required to access various parts of the dark web. Darknets are forms of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks that are operated by individuals as well as public organizations. Tor, I2P and Freenet are the most ... Read More »

Frankfurt Research: Drugs Seized More Frequently At Post Offices Than At Travelers

Officials at the Frankfurt Airport seized more narcotics coming in by mail to post offices and to residential addresses than at the possession of travelers. According to the recent study, at Germany’s largest airport, drugs are found more frequently in the post office of the Frankfurt Airport, and more rarely at travelers. “We have an extreme shift in drug smuggling ... 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 »