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Measuring And Analyzing Online Anonymous ('DARKNET') Marketplaces

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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We present the results of the project Measuring and Analyzing Online Anonymous Darknet Marketplaces, carried out at Carnegie Mellon University at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate. This project was a follow up to an earlier project A Queryable Platform for Online Crime Repositories. We continued to avail to other researchers data from 12 dark web marketplaces, corresponding to over 22,288 vendors, 348,400 items, and 5,826,115 transactions. The data was availed through 1 a publicly available website for anonymized data, and 2 a set of databases provisioned through the IMPACT portal for anonymized and de-anonymized data. For the duration of the project at hand, the IMPACT portal served an additional 19 distinct requests for data from 8 academic institutions academic, industry, government in the US, the Netherlands, the UK, and Singapore. Combined with the previous contract, the project has served 69 requests from 25 institutions over six countries US, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, UK, and Australia. For the duration of the present contract, serving this data has led in particular to the publication of a paper--by third parties--based on our data, at WEIS 2021. In addition, our research has led to the development of a paper under revision at the time of writing, to be submitted to a leading computer security conference in 2022.


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  • Information Science
  • Computer Programming and Software

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