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Dutch Study: Half The Vendors Migrating To Dream Did Not Change PGP

A recent study by Dutch researchers shows that over half of the vendors who migrated to the Dream Market after Operation Bayonet, did not change their usernames and PGP setups. The Dutch research institution TNO released a study, in which the researchers analyzed the dark web markets – with a special focus on the vendors – after law enforcement authorities ... Read More »

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59 US Defense Agencies Have Stolen Data Online, Study Shows

Owl Cybersecurity, the company with “the world’s largest commercially available database of DARKINT,” recently published the results of a study on government’s exposure on the darknet. In 90 days, the cybersecurity firm found stolen data from almost 60 government agencies. To the surprise of many, United States defense agencies fared worse than most non-defense agencies. The study showed that the ... Read More »

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Public Thinks Bitcoin is Mainly for Darknet Use, Study Shows

YouGov, an international market research company, conducted a study on Bitcoin and Ethereum. The findings, the company said, in spite of the growing popularity of both currencies, indicated several findings that some may find surprising. YouGov researches nearly everything. “Domino’s trails behind rival Pizza Hut in quality perception,” one of the company’s tweets reads. Another tweet points out that “53% ... Read More »

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Only 0.5 Percent of Darknet Market Listings are for Firearms, Study Shows

According to a new RAND Corporation study, close to 60 percent of the weapons sold on darknet marketplaces originate from the United States. In contrast, European countries, collectively, only accounted for 23 percent of the darknet firearm transactions. The data collection occurred while Alphabay and Hansa still functioned as active marketplaces; thus, the number of total listings is far different ... 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 »

Homeland Security May Study Bitcoin’s Link to Terrorism

In a situation similar to one DeepDotWeb has routinely covered, a US congresswoman proposed a bill that added Bitcoin threat assessment to the Department of Homeland Security’s list of duties. Like Europol and Interpol, congresswoman Kathleen Rice requested that the DHS “investigate whether terrorists use virtual currencies, or receive funding with them.” Rice, a ranking Democrat in the House Counterterrorism ... Read More »

Study Suggests “Organized Crime” Evolved With Cybercrime

A recent study pointed out that WannaCry marked a moment of “globalization” of crime. Thomas Franke, head of Germany’s Forum for Networked Security, called organized crime “[t]he biggest business in the world.” The classic examples of organized crime—gangs, for instance—crossed borders far before the world of hidden services existed. But, he explained that the very idea or definition of organized ... 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 »

Study Shows That MDMA in the Netherlands Is Less Pure Online Than Locally

Throughout 2016, researchers began explicitly focusing on darknet-market-related information. In June, The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) found that every fourth European used illegal substances. Moreover, the Global Drug Survey 2016 observed that 9.3 percent of participants reported using the darknet to buy drugs. The Trimbos Institute, Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, recently published ... Read More »

National Association of Realtors Release Study on Bitcoin’s Applicability in Real Estate

The National Association of Realtors, a US trade association for 1.1 million real estate brokers, recently released a study on the applicability of bitcoin and blockchain in the industry, particularly in storing and distributing information in an immutable ecosystem. Overall, the study, entitled “Blockchain in Real Estate: Useful Application Areas,” recognizes the factors of success behind bitcoin and other major ... Read More »

Study: 305 New Threats Posted on Dark Web Forums Each Week

Arizona State University researchers created a way that makes gathering data from dark net markets and forums easy, and it helps identify new emerging cyber threats as they come out. The system uses search engines and dark net sites through the Tor network, and the researchers say they have found almost 30 marketplaces, and over 20 forums that black hat ... Read More »

A New Study Shows UK Is Winning the Dark Net Drug Race

A new study found that Britain has the second highest online drug use in the world. The study was done on dark net markets, and was done on the number of transactions being done in various countries. In total, the number of transactions done online in Britain has tripled in just three years, coming it at a staggering 15 million ... Read More »

Study On Government Surveillance And Self-Censorship

A study authored by Elizabeth Stoycheff, an assistant professor at Wayne State University, was recently published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, which examined the “spiral of silence” theory and its effects in a post-Snowden world. The spiral of science theory was first proposed by political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, which states that people have a fear of isolation. A member ... Read More »

Cybercrime: The Study of Carding

Post by @Deku_shrub – Pirate Party UK and digital rights activist, transhumanist and systems administrator: As someone whose used the internet for many years, the term ‘Carding’ was moderately familiar to me, a term used on unsavory forums and websites to describe the increasingly regimented process of stealing and laundering credit card information. Drafting a brief history on Wikipedia, I reached ... Read More »