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How Gunmen Covertly Trade Ammunition Over Dark Web

DeepDotWeb has offered extensive coverage on how the dark web and its marketplaces have evolved into well-structured criminal organizations over the past few years, making it that much more difficult for governments and law enforcement agencies to track.

The sophisticated structures of dark web marketplaces and criminal organizations have been highlighted by various law enforcement agencies including the French national security service, the Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (ANSSI). DeepDotWeb previously reported that the French government and its security officials believe that the dark web is playing a vital role in supplying ammunitions and weapons to terrorist groups including ISIS.

More to that, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Europol director Rob Wainwright emphasized that the dark web has introduced a method in which terrorist groups can acquire weapons and arms anonymously, with privacy-focused digital currencies such as Monero and anonymous delivery locations.

“Even if they don’t have access to the capabilities, they can simply buy it on the darknet, where there is an enormous trade in cyber criminal technology. That said, attacking the critical national infrastructures at least of most countries is… not easily done, and it’s something that is not as immediate and showy as firing automatic weapons in a theatre or in public,” said Wainwright.

Earlier this week, sources including RAND Corporation revealed that many dark web marketplaces, criminal organizations and arms dealers in the US have been shipping weapons to Europe through encrypted platforms and messaging applications.

On March 30, European law enforcement agencies led by the Spanish National Police and ANSSI drastically tightened their arms regulations with the focus set on taking down dark web marketplaces and suppliers. However, dark web suppliers have found ways to circumvent the regulations. For instance, a new report published by the RAND Corporation revealed that US suppliers have been using the dark web to ship deactivated weapons and explosives with detailed manuals and instructions. That way, recipients of the deactivated arms can simply assemble them using manuals and active the weapons.

Experts including Julio Hernandez-Castro from the University of Kent noted that dark web marketplaces and arms suppliers have become far more sophisticated in the methods they use in comparison to a few years ago. Hernandez-Castro explained drastic changes in the x-ray detection processes at post offices should be made in order to restrict dark web distributions or fire arms.

In an interview with Motherboard, Giacomo Persi Paoli, the RAND Europe report author, further emphasized that the dark web gun market is significantly larger than law enforcement agencies and governments think. During an investigation led by RAND Corporation, researchers and authors including Paoli discovered that there already exists more than 52 unique vendors operating dark web marketplaces to sell ammunition, explosives and silencers.

The report also revealed that the profit margins are substantially higher for dark web arms dealer when distributing to regions with stricter firearms regulations, such as Europe. Researchers at RAND estimated that each vendor or marketplace can generate up to $80,000 as monthly revenue, with pistols being sold the most.

“Europe was a main recipient, both in terms of the number of confirmed transactions ending up in Europe, but also in terms of revenue. I really hope this report helps put a little bit of evidence on a lot of the urban legends that are around there,” said Paoli.

6 comments

  1. Ididseesomeknucksgetsoldonetimetho

    What fucking gun market? I have not seen a single legit weapon sold on any market. The only thing I’ve seen is dumbass kids trying to buy them and getting arrested. Is that why there are so many reports by LE about guns on the Dark Net? So that they can set up as a backdrop for catching dumbasses? A simple lie to lure in the edgelords? I’m sick and tired of hearing about non existant crime. DDW is supposed to be an authority on the REALITY of the Dark Net not the dumbasses fiction of LE. Get your shit together DDW.

  2. absolute, total fckn garbage….
    yeh…OK…you might, just might be able to get a box or two of ammo…but…so TF wtf, eh?
    even if yr scammed….yr not likely to lose more than $a coupla hundred$….
    but…actual guns?
    GTFO here!
    nuthin’ but low-life scammers! ….or under-cover cops!

    sheesh!

    next thing you know, these cretins will be telling us that maggots like “The Armory” are legit…

    pffft!

  3. The government always lies about what is going on so that they can unite everyone. Just like Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction which as everyone knows there was none. I haven’t seen a single weapon for sale on the Deepweb, not saying there aren’t any but that tells me that it would be a waste of time trying to find them that way when I can go out and buy all I want on my own legally.

  4. So those pigs want us to believe that you can send ammo through the post office? I doubt you can send even one gram of gunpowder. ISIS and the rest don’t even need post services to do their dirty job, they have real networks all over europe with lots of NGO and even some “refugee councils” and so on and they can move around whatever they want.

    Stupid cops, instead of telling bullshit try telling the truth for once in your life, that the real problem is that you let all those millions of illegal “refugees” into europe.

  5. Which markets still permit listing actual firearms? Are there any Australian geared markets? We’d been looking at setting up for business on Alpha. This is a serious query.

    • the phantom

      “Valhalla” and Rs markets list them…but…its quite obvious that the vendors are either out-right scammers or cops…
      yeh….there is a huge opening for selling guns in AUssie b’cs of their BS gun laws… but…no-one is going to buy off the DNMs b’cs of their putrid rep’ afa selling guns go….you would hafta be offering very attractive terms….like…say…..delivery of fire-arm with 10% of total price ‘up front’ and the balance once the fire-arm had been received and tested….NO-ONE is going to pay you $several hundred$ if not $thousands$ because you will be ‘labelled’ as either a scammer or a cop…..labelled like a can of baked beans!
      i’d suggest giving the DNMs a miss altogether…try selling through CraigsList or, even, FaceBook…..but ‘disguise’ the listings….you could put up a link on a DNM to those sites, of course…but…again… no one will buy guns off you on the DNMs….
      (yr also gunna hafta be prepared to, maybe, either deliver in person or through a trusted third party…the overwhelming majority of people will not hand over $$$$ for guns unless they can personally inspect the item…just like in a regular ‘gun shop’, eh?)

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