The Dark Web’s Favorite Currency Is Less Untraceable Than It Seems

As discerning dark web drug dealers and pseudonymous hackers have figured that Bitcoin is not magically private money, many have turned to Monero, a digital coin that promises a far higher degree of anonymity and untraceability baked into its design. But one group of researchers has found that Monero’s privacy protections, while better than Bitcoin’s, still aren’t the cloak of invisibility they might seem.…
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Bitcoin’s Blockchain Spreads Child Abuse Images, Dark Web Links, Wikileaks Files

The technology that underpins the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, known as the blockchain, not only contains records of financial transactions but also child abuse material, links to the so-called ‘dark web’ and copies of WikiLeaks files. The findings were published this month in a paper written by academics from Germany’s RWTH Aachen University and Goethe University.…
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The Darkest Web: exploring the ugly world of illegal online marketplaces

It’s an arresting concept: the idea that rippling beneath the internet there is a dark twin breathing and growing. A place where drugs are sold; where hitmen advertise their services; where material to match any sexual urge can be found. The Darkest Web is an exploration of this underworld known as the dark web, and Australian author Eileen Ormsby is your tour guide.…
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Operation Bayonet: Inside the Sting That Hijacked an Entire Dark Web Drug Market

Even then, remarkably, the Dutch cops could have simply cut their losses, asked the Germans to arrest Hansa’s administrators, and likely used clues from their computers to find the site’s servers and shut them down. Instead, they decided to stick with their stealthy takeover plan, and spent the ensuing months poring over evidence—even as the site continued its brisk narcotics trade—in an attempt to locate the Hansa servers again and quietly hijack them.…
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