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posted by janrinok on Wednesday February 11 2015, @05:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the darker-than-dark dept.

Russell Berman writes at The Atlantic that the government may have won its case against Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht, but the high-profile trial gave a lot of publicity to the dark web, and both the number of sites and the volume of people using them have increased since Silk Road was shuttered. “Just as on the rest of the internet, users on the dark net are very quick to move on to new things and move away from those products and websites that seem stale and old,” says Adam Benson. The cat-and-mouse game between users of the dark web and law enforcement appears to be shifting as well. Newer dark sites (two major ones are Agora and Evolution) are likely to protect their servers by basing them in countries "hostile to U.S. law enforcement," says Nicholas Weaver. "The markets will keep moving overseas, but law enforcement will keep going after the dealers," Weaver says, referring to the people who actually ship and deliver the drugs sold online.

Evolution Marketplace is a much different animal than Silk Road, according to Dan Palumbo, the group’s research director. Evolution sells "weapons, stolen credit cards, and more nefarious items that were forbidden on both versions of Silk Road. Silk Road sold a lot of dangerous things, but operators drew the line at their version of ‘victimless crimes,’ i.e. no child pornography, weapons, or identity theft. Now, four of the top five DarkNet Marketplaces sell weapons while three of the top five sell stolen financial data." This is a darker DarkNet and it speaks to the challenge facing law enforcement as they knock one set of bad actors offline, another comes along with bigger and bolder intentions.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Wednesday February 11 2015, @06:46PM

    by darkfeline (1030) on Wednesday February 11 2015, @06:46PM (#143717) Homepage

    If you prune away the less capable/more benign criminals, the more capable/less benign criminals will proliferate. Science works, bitches.

    Somewhat tangentially, there's an argument that if you take away child porn from pedophiles, those pedophiles will instead resort to rape. From the frying pan into the fire, so to speak.

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