Mining the Dark Web: Drugs and fake ids

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Baravalle, A., Lopez, Mauro Sanchez and Lee, Sin Wee 2017. Mining the Dark Web: Drugs and fake ids. in: 2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
AuthorsBaravalle, A., Lopez, Mauro Sanchez and Lee, Sin Wee
Abstract

In the last years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to fight against dark web marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of “The Silk Road” by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record. This paper presents a research carried out to gain insights on the products and services sold within one of the larger marketplaces for drugs, fake ids and weapons on the Internet, Agora. Our work sheds a light on the nature of the market; there is a clear preponderance of drugs, which accounts for nearly 80% of the total items on sale. The ready availability of counterfeit documents, while they make up for a much smaller percentage of the market, raises worries. Finally, the role of organized crime within Agora is discussed and presented.

Book title2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW)
Year2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Publication dates
Online02 Feb 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Nov 2016
EventData Wrangling Automation (DWA 2016)
ISBN978-1-5090-5910-2
Electronic ISSN: 2375-9259
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1109/ICDMW.2016.0056
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/ 10.1109/ICDMW.2016.0056
http://users.dsic.upv.es/~flip/DWA2016/
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