Since 2011, Carnegie Mellon University has been involved in research on online anonymous marketplaces (also referred to as "dark web markets," "onion markets," "cryptomarkets..."), which has resulted in a number of publications [1,2,4,5], and contributions to larger pieces [3].

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Upcoming data (as of July 2018)

We are monitoring a number of other markets as of 2018. We expect to make this data available in 2019, with a six-month to one-year delay.

Contributors and contact information

Contributors to this project (in alphabetic order) are: Nicolas Christin, Kyle Soska, and Jeremy Thomas.

Please contact the PI, Nicolas Christin <nicolasc@cmu.edu>, if you have any questions.

Acknowledgments

This research was partially supported by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Science and Technology (Cyber Security Division), under agreement number FA8750-17-2-0188, and contract number N66001-13-C-0131 (jointly supported by the Government of Australia and SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific), by CyLab at Carnegie Mellon under grant DAAD19-02-1-0389 from the Army Research Office, and by the National Science Foundation under ITR award CCF-0424422 (TRUST), and CNS-1223762.

References

[1] Nicolas Christin. Traveling the Silk Road: A measurement analysis of a large anonymous online marketplace. In Proceedings of the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW'13). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. May 2013.
[2] Kyle Soska and Nicolas Christin. Measuring the Longitudinal Evolution of the Online Anonymous Marketplace Ecosystem. In Proceedings of the 24th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security'15), pages 33-48. Washington, DC. August 2015.
[3] European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and Europol. Drugs and the Darknet: Perspectives for Enforcement, Research and Policy. EMCDDA–Europol Joint publications, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. November 2017.
[4] Malte Möser, Kyle Soska, Ethan Heilman, Kevin Lee, Henry Heffan, Shashvat Srivastava, Kyle Hogan, Jason Hennessey, Andrew Miller, Arvind Narayanan, and Nicolas Christin. An Empirical Analysis of Traceability in the Monero Blockchain. To appear in Proceedings of the Privacy Enhancing Technology Symposium (PETS 2018), volume 3. Barcelona, Spain. July 2018.
[5] Rolf van Wegberg, Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob, Kyle Soska, Ugur Akyazi, Carlos Gañán, Bram Klievink, Nicolas Christin, and Michel van Eeten. Plug and Prey? Measuring the Commoditization of Cybercrime via Online Anonymous Markets. In Proceedings of the 27th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security'18). Baltimore, MD. August 2018.

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