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Mining the Dark Web: Drugs and Fake IDs

Wed 22nd Feb, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8EB, Room EB206 (Map)

Synopsis

Within the last few years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to fight against dark web hosted marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of "The Silk Road" by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record.

This talk will present research carried out to gain insights on the products and services sold within one of the larger marketplaces for drugs, fake ids and weapons on the Internet, Agora, and on new developments after the demise of Agora.

The team behind the research included Andres Baravalle, Sin Wee Lee, Germans Zaharovs (research intern) and Mauro Lopez Sanchez (final year project).

The work has been featured on the front page on The Times and on the Guardian, amongst other media.

About the Speaker - Andres Baravalle

Andres Baravalle (http://baravalle.com) works in the in the University of East London as Senior Lecturer in Computing (https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/b/andres-baravalle). He has been working in academia since 2004 (University of Turin, University of Sheffield, Open University, University of East London), while also working as a contractor in industry.

Andres has been developing in LAMP environments since 1999 and managing development teams since shortly after.

In the past years he has been combining his expertise in web technologies with an interest on security and data science.

He once made a student cry - by praising his work.

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