Innovation and new technologies have a nefarious face. Digital black market sites, also known as ‘darknet marketplaces’, usually accessed on an encrypted network, such as The Onion Router (TOR), offer rogue actors, such as black hat hackers, terrorist groups and other organised criminal networks, a chance to transact business in contraband – drugs, stolen identities, firearms, pirated software or illegal pornography – and stay undetected. The law does catch up with them periodically, as this infographic shows, but it is a cat-and-mouse game. These marketplaces have proved resilient, re-emerging in another form. Countries are now increasingly exploring opportunities to collaborate and work on deterrent action with private stakeholders, such as crypto-currency exchanges.
Sameer Patil is Director, Center for International Security, & Fellow, National Security Studies, Gateway House
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