Dark Net Markets (DNM) are growing bigger than ever, with the Economist reporting over $50 million USD in transactions flowing through these marketplaces. The publication used data collected from Gwern Branwen’s dark web archive and broke down quite a bit of the behavior taking place in the Dark Net Market environment.
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Dark Net Markets are Booming
Since the fall of the original Silk Road and the arrest of its creator many Dark Net Markets have continued to rise on the outskirts of the deep web. DNM’s have been hosted throughout the hidden web and can be found using Tor with buyers and sellers transacting with cryptocurrency and illicit goods.
From 2013-2015, Gwern Branwen scraped data on a daily and weekly basis from all the English-language DNM’s. Branwen’s comprehensive collection of data helped the Economist report on its editorial “Shedding light on the dark web.”
Since the original Silk Road shut down, DNM’s, or what the Economist calls “cryptomarkets,” have continuously set up businesses that offer vendors a place to sell drugs — and even legal goods.
Many of these DNM’s use escrow services, feedback and reputation features, anonymity services, and use moderators to