Data Capture and Analysis of Darknet Markets

24 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2019 Last revised: 13 Sep 2019

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Matthew Ball

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Alexander Niven

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Harshit Trivedi

ANU Cybercrime Observatory; Australian National University

Date Written: September 11, 2019

Abstract

Since the advent of illicit cryptomarkets, or darknet markets, they have been widely studied with varying levels of success. However, this research has been limited by a variety of obstacles including the difficulty in obtaining reliable and representative data which in turn present challenges to undertaking a complete and systematic study. The Australian National University’s Cybercrime Observatory has developed open source tools, which can be used to collect and analyse data obtained from illicit darknet markets. We describe these tools in detail and illustrate the methods by applying them to a typical darknet market. While the proposed methods are not error-free, they provide a further step in providing a transparent and comprehensive solution for observing darknet markets tailored for data scientists, social scientists, criminologist and others 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 (September 11, 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

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Alexander Niven

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Acton, ACT 2601
Australia

Harshit Trivedi

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

ANU Cybercrime Observatory
Coombs Ext, Building 8
Canberra, 2601
Australia

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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