Malware Trends on 'Darknet' Crypto-markets: Research Review

Roderic Broadhurst, David Lord, Donald Maxim, Hannah Woodford-Smith, Corey Johnston, Ho Woon Chung, Samara Carroll, Harry Trivedi, Bianca Sabol

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


    This is an overview of current trends in online illicit crypto-markets or dark-nets, including the key role of virtual crypto-currencies in their operation. The focus is on the different kinds of digital products that are found in these on-line 'dark markets'. Primary data was collected from relevant websites accessed via The Onion Router (Tor). Tor allows anonymous encrypted communication between web-sites, and data capture over several months from one of the largest crypto-markets currently active - Dream Market enabled a description of short-term trends in the different malware products and their costs as available in underground or 'dark-net' crypto-markets.
    Original languageEnglish
    Commissioning bodyKorean Institute of Criminology
    Number of pages99
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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