In 2018, the inflow of bitcoins on the darknet market, where you can buy everything — from drugs to stolen personal data, decreased by $100 million compared to 2017 and $600 million. Such data results in his study of the analytical company Chainalisys.
The reduction of the volume of bitcoin transactions is due to the activity of law enforcement bodies that in 2017, shut down two large shopping sites darknet AlphaBay and Hansa.
However, by the end of 2018, the rate of inflow of bitcoins recovered – market operations the darknet using bitcoin by the end of 2018 reached $2 million a day. This is almost two times more than in the beginning of the year.
According to the chief economist Chainalysis Grauer Kim (Kim Grauer), the fall in the value of bitcoin has almost no effect on activity of users of the darknet:
“If someone wants to buy something on the darknet market, fluctuations in the value of bitcoins don’t have value. Affect the situation can only be a closure of some shopping venues darknet”.
We will remind, in the summer of 2018 in the U.S. the result lasted year undercover operation against the merchants of prohibited goods on the darknet were arrested 35 people. Among other things, law enforcement has confiscated about 2000 bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies more than $20 million.
The founder of one of the most famous drug trafficking sites, darknet Silk Road Ross Ulbricht (Ross Ulbricht) is serving a double life sentence in prison. In June 2018, the US Supreme court refused to reconsider this decision.