According to a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), dark net usage is rising in popularity in the EU.
The report says the dark web had received pretty much attention in the past and is playing an important role in the drug trade “particularly with respect to sales of new psychoactive substances.” The EMCDDA says that even with law enforcement hardly concentrating on taking down these kinds of websites, the marketplaces are continuing to adapt in order to survive and remain on the market. The report details:
“These markets have proven to be very adaptable, and it appears that the effects of such interventions on the online anonymous ecosystem are short term and those operating such sites develop new ways to evade detection, for example by improving encryption and anonymization. It is suggested that a likely future development will be completely decentralized marketplaces that exploit aspects of game theory to side-step current weaknesses — perhaps a ‘dark cloud’ on the horizon.”
According to the EMCDDA, MDMA, cannabis and LSD are the three most popular substances on dark net markets. Vendors mostly are from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. Based on