Internet facilitated drugs trade: An analysis of the size, scope and the role of the Netherlands

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 5/8/2016

Media coverage

TitleMystery as Alphabay, the biggest criminal marketplace on the dark, net goes offline
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/07/17
DescriptionThe largest criminal marketplace on the dark web, where users trade illegal drugs, guns and stolen bank details, has gone offline, with users fearing that they have been scammed.

The Alphabay site, which processed transactions worth $600,000 to $800,000 daily, including large volumes of UK deals, has been down since July 4, with speculation that the owners have pulled an “exit scam” to empty users’ accounts of bitcoins.
Producer/AuthorMark Bridge
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/mystery-as-alphabay-the-biggest-criminal-marketplace-on-the-dark-net-goes-offline-9f0nd0c8k
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleOpioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail
Media name/outletThe New York Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date10/06/17
DescriptionAnonymous online sales are surging, and people
are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants
— many based in Asia — quickly pop up.
Producer/AuthorNATHANIEL POPPER
URLhttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/business/dealbook/opioid-dark-web-drug-overdose.html
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleClass of 2017: The Students Turning to the Dark Web for Their Drug Fix
Media name/outletIndependent
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date14/02/17
DescriptionWith cheaper deals available to buy in bulk at an anonymous distance, the Dark Net is playing an increasingly major role in illegal drug sales. Now, the digital drug revolution is sweeping across UK campuses - Alec Fullerton speaks to some of the students involved
Producer/AuthorALEC FULLERTON
URLwww.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/students-dark-web-buy-illegal-drugs-university-2017-digital-dealers-a7578041.html
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleIllicit drug sales in the deep web don’t really make trading safer
Media name/outletOpen Democracy
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date22/12/16
DescriptionCrypto markets for buying drugs might make things safer for consumers, but they do nothing to protect people in producer or transit countries.
Producer/AuthorISABEL PEREIRA
URLhttps://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/isabel-pereira/illicit-drug-sales-in-deep-web-don-t-really-make-trading-safer
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleCocaine Bust Shows How Close the Dark Web and Street Crime Really Are
Media name/outletMotherBoard
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date14/10/16
DescriptionA small drug bust in Lubbock County was like any other; except investigators found evidence the suspect had sourced his supplies from the dark web.
Producer/AuthorJOSEPH COX
URLhttps://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/cocaine-bust-shows-how-close-the-dark-web-and-street-crime-really-are
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleDRUG SALES ON DARK WEB TRIPLE SINCE SILK ROAD CLOSURE
Media name/outletNewsweek
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/10/16
DescriptionA marijuana plant is displayed during the 2016 Cannabis Business Summit & Expo on June 22, 2016 in Oakland, California. A new study has found that cannabis is the most commonly found drug on cryptomarkets, accounting for more than a third of all sales.
Producer/AuthorANTHONY CUTHBERTSON
URLeurope.newsweek.com/drugs-dark-web-silk-road-488957?rm=eu
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleDespite Silk Road's Demise, 'More Illicit Drugs are Being Bought Online'
Media name/outletSputnik
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date14/08/16
DescriptionWeeding out the dark net narcotics trade is a tricky task and the demise of the Silk Road, an online marketplace used by traffickers, won't be enough, Tim Bingham, a drug trends researcher, told Sputnik.
URLhttps://sputniknews.com/world/201608141044250717-silk-road-drug-trade-operators/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleWholesale illicit drug sales on the dark web are likely fueling offline markets
Media name/outletQuartz
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date14/08/16
DescriptionSilk Road, the first major illegal online marketplace on the dark web, was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in October 2013. Since then, some 50 similar dark websites or “cryptomarkets” have cropped up and, like Silk Road, they are fueling illicit drug transactions.
URLhttps://qz.com/756349/wholesale-illicit-drug-sales-on-the-dark-web-are-likely-fueling-offline-markets/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleDrug Sales on Darknet Markets Have Tripled Since the Silk Road Bust
Media name/outletDeepDotWeb
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date13/08/16
DescriptionThe government’s push to take down the original Silk Road was motivated by several factors but one in particular was especially interesting. Congress wanted to cut off online drug trade before the industry could grow became a trend. But according to research, the exact opposite has happened. Deepweb drug sales have since tripled.
Producer/AuthorC. ALIENS
URLhttps://www.deepdotweb.com/2016/08/13/drug-sales-darknet-markets-tripled-since-silk-road-bust/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleReport: Internet Drug Sales Tripled After Silk Road Shut Down
Media name/outletVocativ
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date12/08/16
DescriptionPerhaps unsurprisingly, the dark net is still awash with contraband
URLwww.vocativ.com/350411/report-internet-drug-sales-tripled-after-silk-road-shut-down/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleDrug sales on the dark web 'have tripled' since 2013
Media name/outletBT News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/08/16
DescriptionThe rise comes despite increased enforcement from authorities.
URLhome.bt.com/news/news-extra/drug-sales-on-the-dark-web-have-tripled-since-2013-11364078914813
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleNEW RESEARCH SHOWS DARK NET MARKETS ARE GROWING
Media name/outletBitcoinist
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/08/16
DescriptionA new report, commissioned by the Dutch government, shows that online drug markets have grown since 2013 despite an uptick in major crackdowns since that time.
Producer/AuthorTrevor Hill
URLbitcoinist.com/new-research-suggests-dark-net-markets-are-still-growing/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleUK top for online drug sales in Europe
Media name/outletBBC News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date10/08/16
DescriptionUK-based dealers in illegal drugs earn more money online than any of their European rivals, research suggests, while US dealers had a 36% share worldwide and took home $5m (£3.8m).
URLwww.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37033992
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleBritain’s booming online drugs market proves ‘utter futility of the war on drugs’, campaigners say
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date10/08/16
DescriptionThe UK’s dark web drugs market now dwarfs any other in Europe
Producer/AuthorAdam Lusher
URLwww.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dark-web-darknet-dark-net-war-on-drugs-futile-uk-largest-online-drugs-market-in-europe-silk-road-fbi-a7183141.html
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleThe UK Is the European Leader in Deep Web Drug Deals
Media name/outletVICE
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date10/08/16
DescriptionWe're second only to America when it comes to buying our bits online.
Producer/AuthorCARLTON FÉRMENT
URLwww.vice.com/en_uk/read/uk-leader-in-dark-web-drug-sales-europe-vgtrn
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleAustralia in top three for online drugs
Media name/outletSky News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date9/08/16
DescriptionAustralia remains a major market for illicit drugs on the dark web despite the FBI's aggressive move to shut down leading illegal online drug emporium Silk Road and the life jail sentence handed to its US mastermind.
URLwww.skynews.com.au/news/national/2016/08/09/australia-in-top-three-for-online-drugs.html
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleUK is biggest online drug dealing country in Europe
Media name/outletThe Guardian
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date9/08/16
DescriptionWhile UK is second only to US in number of vendors who deal online, they average almost double the monthly transactions
Producer/AuthorDamien Gayle
URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/uk-is-biggest-online-drug-dealing-country-in-europe
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleUS, UK Top Cryptomarkets Online Illegal Drug Trades
Media name/outletNeed Bitcoin
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/08/16
URLneed-bitcoin.com/us-uk-top-cryptomarkets-online-illegal-drug-trades/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleDark web drug sales triple in three years since Silk Road 1.0 closure
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/08/16
DescriptionDrug sales on the dark web have tripled since the closure of the high-profile Silk Road marketplace in 2013 and life imprisonment of its owner, Ross Ulbricht.
Producer/AuthorAlistair Charlton
URLwww.ibtimes.co.uk/dark-web-drug-sales-triple-three-years-since-silk-road-1-0-closure-1574876
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleBritain “leading centre” for booming online market in illegal drugs, report Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/britain-leading-centre-booming-online-market-illegal-drugs-report/
Media name/outletiNews
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/08/16
DescriptionBritain is the second most prolific country in the world for dealers facilitating a booming online trade in illegal drugs sold over the “dark web”, researchers have found.
Producer/AuthorCahal Milmo
URLhttps://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/britain-leading-centre-booming-online-market-illegal-drugs-report/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleOnline drug market booming despite law enforcement efforts
Media name/outletPoliceProfessiona.com
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/08/16
Description
The number of drug deals taking place online has tripled since law enforcement brought down the first major drugs market place operating on the dark net, a new study has found.
URLwww.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=26821
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleUS, UK Top Cryptomarkets Online Illegal Drug Trades
Media name/outletCrypto Coins News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/08/16
DescriptionCompared to the days of Silk Road in 2013, the number of transactions of illicit drugs on the cryptomarkets has tripled, with revenues doubling, says a new report by RAND Europe.
Producer/AuthorOlusegun Ogundeji
URLhttps://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/us-uk-top-cryptomarkets-online-illegal-drug-trades/
PersonsJudith Aldridge
TitleOnline Trade in Illicit Drugs Is Growing, Study Finds
Media name/outletThe Wall Street Journal
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date5/08/16
DescriptionCryptomarkets’ revenue has doubled and transactions have tripled since 2013, report says
Producer/AuthorValentina Pop
URLhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/online-trade-in-illicit-drugs-is-growing-study-finds-1470420556
PersonsJudith Aldridge