The main myth about cryptocurrencies in the hidden network: Bitcoin is the main digital currency of the darknet. It's not that. Bitcoin is not anonimen. Any transaction on the network can be tracked, therefore, if you have the necessary tools, you can establish the identity of the sender or recipient.
Among experienced darknet users, despite the popularity of the first cryptocurrency,the best reputation is enjoyed by altcoins Monero and ZCash, as they use an algorithm that fully encrypts the sender's data, including wallet addresses. Moreover, some sites do not accept cryptocurrencies other than XMR and ZCash because of the threat of anonymity.
The darknet market is an unregulated environment. Even if you buy a legal product, you risk losing money.
The dark history of cryptocurrencies begins on the shadow internet. Now known to wide circles closed Silk Road - darknet marketplace, specializing in the sale of psychoactive substances and other prohibited by law goods, was one of the first who offered to buy goods for bitcoins.
This greatly expanded the possibilities of shadow markets. Subsequently, more and more online platforms began to support payment with cryptocurrency, and the cryptocurrencies themselves acquired a dubious reputation in the eyes of uninitiated users. It is not difficult to guess that among the goods of mass use, prohibited for purchase, the most popular product is psychoactive substances.
Another type of product that is indirectly associated with the first (in English, the word Drugs means both drugs and psychoactive substances) is pharmacological drugs. If the first type of goods is predominantly negative, then pharmaceuticals can not only benefit, but also save lives. The darknet allows you to get goods for cryptocurrency that are necessary for treatment, but they are difficult or almost impossible to get legally. In other cases, it is possible to purchase analogues of expensive drugs, cheaper, but not certified.
In the shadow Internet, you can purchase information that has not been published in open sources or contains compromising materials on someone. Or you can order services to obtain this kind of information.
Another kind of information is stolen personal data from websites. This usually includes logins and passwords of accounts, data of credit card holders. Not so long ago, for example, there was a case when an anonymous hacker offered to purchase a large database of 617 million accounts from 16 different sites for $ 20,000. Such services can also be ordered if you need to spy on someone.
Darknet allows you to find and purchase specific photo / video / audio content that is prohibited for publication on the Internet. The vast majority of such content is anti-social scenes. But there are rare and innocuous frames or audio recordings that can be in high demand.
Spy devices and other devices
When it comes to espionage, it is impossible not to mention the various goods that help to collect information and intercept data: wiretapping, hidden cameras, electromagnetic pulse generators, devices for intercepting traffic, etc.
In shadow marketplaces, you can find devices for stealing money, such as POS-terminals for reading bank cards and equipment for hacking ATMs.
The second most popular area of the darknet is money laundering. The dark internet is full of cybercriminals, carders and scammers who offer to get stolen goods and money in exchange for cryptocurrency. So the scammer gets clean digital money, and the buyer receives money that needs to be washed, but in an amount many times higher than the amount of payment. As for the goods: the buyer receives the original product, but for a smaller amount. People also buy fake money then buy bitcoins with them and use them for some goods from the Internet.
Currently, buying accounts with balances or transferring a sum of money for cryptocurrency is one of the most popular and sought-after offers in the shadow market. For example, Armor analysts recorded a case where a user purchased $ 10,000, paying only $ 800 in bitcoin equivalent, which is only 8% of the amount.
Not always the purchase of accounts is associated with criminal activity. You can purchase a card or account of the payment system to make a purchase, which you would like to keep secret for ethical reasons.
This includes coupons for discounts in various stores. Some users may not need coupons, but stores do not allow them to be exchanged for money. For half the price, you can sell a coupon to customers interested in the assortment of a particular store.
On the darknet, there are also stores that offer to purchase stolen bitcoin wallets for BTC. But this is pure deception.
In addition to real stolen currencies, you can purchase honestly created,buy fake money. They are much cheaper, but at the first attempt to buy something on them there is a risk of falling into the hands of the police.