Buying a gun and a gram of cocaine could never have been easier. E-commerce websites operating in the dark web have made their availability convenient and secure.
According to a report by ET, marketplaces in the web like AlphaBay, Dream, Valhalla, Outlaw and Hansa Market are capable of providing illegal objects without any difficulty or fuss.
The report said that an ecommerce portal named ‘JariBootiWalla’ assured that they can deliver 10 grams of Nepali super pollen hashish to Pune without any problem as it is within the country. Another ecommerce dealer 'forestlife' was ready to deliver 7 grams of therapeutic dark green weed to any location in India.
The report describes how this particular model of ecommerce business works. Dark web cannot be accessed and searched using engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. Customers can access dark web by logging into close networks like Tor, using special web browsers like the Tor browser.
Once the order has been placed, vendors insist on bitcoin payments to beat KYC norms, through which banks can obtain information about the deal.
Delivering drugs like hashish and cannabis are simply couriered, bubble wrapped and water proofed. But arms are a bit complex, so they are disassembled into five or six pieces and each one is shipped separately.
Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal says that the dark web only acts as a mechanism for hiding your identity and that there is a big offline network through which these illegal things are delivered to the relevant address.
Apart from drugs and arms, many sellers like ‘KingCarder’ ‘AlphaBay’ and ‘Dream Market’ sell guidebooks for bomb-making, valid ID's, passport details and a lot more.