Silk Road makes Shitloads of Drug-Bitcoins

Silk Road Drugmarket Screenshot

Nachdem der anonyme, hinter Tor-Servern versteckte und auf Bitcoin basierende Drogenmarktplatz Silk Road bereits im Sommer letztes Jahr von der US-Politik ins Visir genommen und im April The Farmers Market hochgenommen wurde, hatte ich nicht damit gerechnet, jemals wieder von der Seidenstraße zu hören. Aber nö, denen gehts saugut. Die verkaufen im Monat Hits und Turns im Wert von 2 Millionen Dollar, die Anzahl der Verkäufer hat sich seit Februar verdoppelt und die Macher der Website verdienen am Tag 6000$. Ich bin gespannt, wie lange noch. Von Forbes:

Silk Road Drugmarket GrowthIn a research paper (PDF here) released earlier this month, Carnegie Mellon computer security professor Nicolas Christin has taken a crack at measuring the sales activity on Silk Road’s underground online marketplace, which runs as a “hidden service” on the Tor network and uses tough-to-trace digital Bitcoins as currency, two measures that have helped to obscure its sellers, buyers and operators from law enforcement.

His findings: the site’s number of sellers, who offer everything from cocaine to ecstasy, has jumped from around 300 in February to more than 550. Its total sales now add up to around $1.9 million a month. And its operators generate more than $6,000 a day in commissions for themselves, compared with around $2,500 in February.

Christin cautions that his study only looks at a six month period of Silk Road’s sales, and that a big part of the site’s measured success comes from appreciation in the highly volatile Bitcoin currency Silk Road trades in, which has itself increased close to 70% in value over the course of Christin’s study. But even accounting for changes in that crypto currency, the site’s numbers point to very real growth. “It’s very bursty and spikey, but overall the numbers are moving up,” says Christin. “It’s a stable marketplace, and overall it’s growing steadily.”

Black Market Drug Site ‘Silk Road’ Booming: $22 Million In Annual Sales (via /.)

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Silk Road: The Underground Online-Marketplace for Drugs