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Dark web drugs markets – more TripAdvisor than Amazon

They used to be known as the “Amazon” or “eBay” of drugs, but modern dark web drug sales use a system more comparable to Yelp or TripAdvisor   Ever since Silk Road, the first mass-market point-and-click dark web drugs bazaar, made its debut in January 2011, the DNMs (darknet markets) have been invariably compared to popular e-commerce platforms. Reports would either

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That time I visited Roger Clark, aka Mongoose, aka Variety Jones

The man alleged to be Silk Road’s Variety Jones, Roger Thomas Clark, has finally been extradited from Thailand, where he has spent 2 1/2 years in Bangkok Remand, to face trial in the USA. Variety Jones was basically unheard of until the trial of Ross Ulbricht, where he was revealed as a sort of behind-the-scenes puppet master, a Svengali-type figure

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How Telstra stole my identity

You can’t have a burner phone without a prepaid SIM, so I guess it’s only fitting that Telstra is using my Fake ID to illustrate their identity requirements There is a long history of people having their photos nicked without attribution and payment by large corporations. It is the reason the very excellent ‘for exposure’ exists. I’ve never actually had a photo

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The Darkest Web

Apologies for the lack of posts for a very long time. I’ve been busy finishing my latest book, and it went on sale on 14 March! So excuse the shameless plug, but you can order: Physical copy with FREE worldwide shipping here On Amazon Kindle here You may have noticed I’ve password protected a couple of posts for spoiler reasons,

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Murder, they wrote – freelancing for a dark web hitman

Dark web murder-for-hire organisation Besa Mafia never paid any of their would-be hitmen for burning cars for them. The only people paid were their army of freelance writers. Here’s what Besa Mafia had them do. Any freelancer knows that sometimes you have to take some pretty questionable jobs to put dinner on the table. This whole writing gig is not

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Real Folk of the Dark Web

A couple of weeks ago I got back from an 8-week trip around the globe to meet with all manner of dark web types in preparation for my upcoming book, Darkest Web. Here’s a taster of what went down with each. THAILAND Variety Jones – mentor to Dread Pirate Roberts Well, at this point, still “alleged” Variety Jones, but most

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DNM Vendors, have your say

Below is a callout to DNM vendors to share their views about DNMs and the perceptions of others about what you do. I know some of the independent researchers involved in this initiative personally, the others by reputation, and they have my full confidence that they will pull out all the stops to maintain confidentiality and integrity of their sources. They

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Dark Web’s CrimeBay raising funds for a hit on Trump

CrimeBay, the new incarnation of Besa Mafia, has stepped up its marketing with a new attempt to extort money by crowdfunding a hit on the new US President. “Donald Trump is an extremely difficult target”, the site acknowledges, “however, he is neither a God nor immortal, and Crime Bay enjoys a challenge.”  

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Dark Web LSD stalwarts jesusofrave in their own words

Jesusofrave is one of the most enduring brand names of the darknet markets, as a wholesale supplier of MDMA and LSD. They have some major plans for the near future, including providing significant assistance and donations to organizations using psychedelics in therapy. Here they talk about how they started and why they do what they do

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