Is the world of internet is divided like day and night? The answer is yes. As good people and bloggers use internet to carry out their tasks and earn money. Similarly, a parallel online world runs which is unknown to general public but there mafia, drug smugglers, hackers, crackers and kidnappers earn tremendous profits by using internet and that kind of internet is called as Darknet.
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Like other field, there are some bad actors in the internet industry too. For instance, you must have heard about Black Hat SEO and White Hat SEO and Ethical hacking and Cracking. But Darknet is totally a different world of internet because it is not easy to get to common users. It is meant for rogue people since they never want themselves to get caught.
It’s very peculiar kind of internet which cannot be accessed from your normal browsers. A browser called ‘Tor’ supports this Darknet. With this browser the location and the purpose of the activity goes into hiding. Therefore, many drug dealers from across the world use it and remain safe while selling drugs online to people.
As we see many e-commerce marketplaces, similarly there are many drug marketplaces like Silk Road 3.0, Crypto Market, Dream Market, etc. and they all are functional through this Darknet.
You name any drug and it is available on their sites. For instance, you may not get Malana cream from the village itself (Manala village in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh) but here you can search the product and within seconds vendors with their listings will pop up. Not only this, you can also check parameters like product quality, seller credentials, shipping arrangement etc. Regular buyers post reviews about their experience in which they describe about the product taste and ease of shipping etc. These reviews help sellers to promote and grow their drug business. It’s like an online retail store; however the essence doesn’t support humankind values.
But the question is why cyber investigation agencies don’t chase them. Because the browsers are highly encrypted and for payments they use Bitcoin – digital money that doesn’t need the support of other agencies like bank or government. The highly encrypted browsers leave no footprint, means no history, plus tracing these dealers need a lot of expenditure, which cyber agencies often don’t do.
Next question is how do they ship? Doesn’t it get caught by smell? Well, they use vacuumed moisture barrier bags (MBBs) to suppress smell and moisture. Then, they put it in a normal envelop and use snail mail, the oldest mailing means. Shipment can reach from a week to month; it depends on the address.
Much of the business does take place in India, and from here drug get transported to countries like Australia, France, Germany, Italy, America, etc.