Buying drugs on the dark web has never been easier.
The continuing growth of the dark web has led to the creation of a new breed of drug kingpin, analysts at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) said in a report published Monday.
While the majority of the dark web is used to buy and sell illicit goods, the report says that an increasing number of vendors are forging close links with fellow criminals to facilitate everything from credit card fraud to money laundering and the sale of firearms.
“The dark web has never been safer for drug dealers,” said RUSI analyst Tom Keatinge. “The dark web is now a reality and this is just the beginning.”
The dark web, also known as the deep web, is a network of websites that are not indexed by search engines. Instead, many of them use the Tor network, which allows users to hide the IP addresses of their computers and surf the web anonymously.