There isn’t very much that you cannot buy on the web. Just about everything is available these days, including illicit drugs, stolen goods, and even people. It is truly remarkable how the Internet has become so good at letting people be really bad.
One of the things that the Internet has opened the door to is the Hitman network, a place where people can find contract killers, like the Russian Mafia, to do the job of ending someone’s life for them. If a person has a problem that needs a permanent solution, then they can go to this part of the dark web to find a man or woman who will do the job for them. Usually they are speaking to a middle man who arranges the whole thing, so that the person who needs the job done is never in direct contact with the person who actually does the contract killing. It is safer this way…isn’t it?
For years, this was done with cold hard cash, or at least with a wire transfer that led to cold hard cash, but now, the market has changed. A person can hire a contract killer and make the entire payment with bitcoins. That may seem totally crazy, but the world is changing and those who do the killings for profit are finding that they need to change with it.
If you think about it seriously, you will find some sense in the whole thing. It is easy to transfer bitcoin without disclosing your personal identity. Since there is no real banking institution that is required to audit transactions of large amounts of money, there is no way to know if the money was a payment to a contract killer for a job ‘well done’.
While this is an easy system to use and may be safer for both parties, it does not mean that buyers should not be extremely careful. Organizations like the FBI frequently run sting operations on the web using bitcoin, attempting to capture people from the Hitman network as well as buyers before contracts can be made. Lives are being saved as a result, but hurting the business for organizations like the Russian Mafia.
The dark web is still making these kinds of transactions easier. The world is a much different place than it was 20 years ago, and the criminals are catching up quickly.