Data Capture and Analysis of Darknet Markets

14 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2019

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Matthew Ball

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Alexander Niven

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Harshit Trivedi

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Asia and the Pacific

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

Darknet markets have been studied to varying degrees of success for several years (since the original Silk Road was launched in 2011), but many obstacles are involved which prevent a complete and systematic survey. The Australian National University’s Cybercrime Observatory has developed tools to collect and analyse data captured from the darknet (illicit cryptomarkets). This report describes, at the high level, a method for collecting, and analysing, data from specific darknet marketplaces. Examples of typical results that may be obtained from darknet markets and current limitations to the automation of data capture are breifly outlined. While the proposed solution is not error-free, it is a significant step in the direction of providing a comprehensive solution tailored for data scientists, social scientists, and anyone interested in analysing trends from darknet markets.

Keywords: cybercrime, darknet, cryptomarkets, Tor, crawler, web scrape

Suggested Citation

Ball, Matthew and Broadhurst, Roderic and Niven, Alexander and Trivedi, Harshit, Data Capture and Analysis of Darknet Markets (March 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3344936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3344936

Matthew Ball

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Alexander Niven

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

Harshit Trivedi

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Asia and the Pacific ( email )

Australia

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