Today, activity in the darknet is on the rise again – analysts estimate the daily influx of bitcoins to illegal trading platforms in the amount of about $ 2 million.
At the same time, most of the activity was redirected to another popular marketplace, which is currently dominant in the darknet and at its peak exceeded AlphaBay by four times in its volumes. We are talking about the Russian–language marketplace Hydra, which has already accepted more than $780 million in cryptocurrency by today – 14% more than AlphaBay ($690).
Another interesting detail that the researchers drew attention to is the sensitivity of the darknet to the days of the week.
Thus, the largest influx of cryptocurrencies is observed on Fridays and Saturdays, and the peak withdrawal of funds falls on Mondays.
“This pattern correlates with what we know about drug trafficking. People buy drugs at the beginning of the weekend, when they have more free time for private browsing (this is not the same as sneaking in at work on Amazon), and drug dealers convert cryptocurrency into cash on Monday,” the authors of the report write.