Bitcoin on the Dark Web: The Facts

Just how much do we know about new underground economies? Here's what available data can tell us about bitcoin on the Dark Web.

Sep 23, 2015
CoinDesk Insights

Bitcoin has been the de facto currency of the Dark Web – the 'hidden' Internet accessible only by Tor – since the pioneering marketplace Silk Road, the 'eBay of drugs', arrived in 2011.

But just how much do we know about these new underground economies? Who is buying and selling – and what? Here's what available data can tell us about bitcoin on the Dark Web.

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