Headline, March 13 2019/ ''' '' DARK WEB SITES '' '''

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TWENTY-FOUR HIT-MAN-FOR-HIRE SITES : The services maybe bogus, as researchers say, but the intent is dark and very real.

Are the subject of an academic paper that was shared in advance with The New York Times by a  professor at Michigan State University, Tom Holt, and his student, Ariel Roddy.

The paper, which is being reviewed for publication, is the first academic effort to illuminate what has been a subject of endless intrigue. For years, the potential anonymity granted by the Internet has led predictions that there would be marketplace for death and assassination.

ON A WEBSITE CALLED AZERBAIJANI EAGLES, you can commission a murder for $5,000. The site Slayers Hitmen provides more options with a beating for $2,000. Death by torture costs $50,000.

But don't expect someone to get the job done. Experts and law enforcers have who have studies these sites - almost all of them on the so-called dark web or dark net - say they are scams. There has not been known murder attributed to any of them.

That doesn't mean the sites aren't involved in a very ark trade. They have become catch points for real people who are looking to pay to have someone murdered. And a number of men and women are sitting in jail after paying one of these sites and getting caught by the police.

In of the most recent cases too make its way through the courts, a nurse from Illinois was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to sending $12,000 in Bitcoin to the site Sicilian Hitmen International Network. She had hoped to have the wife of her boyfriend  killed.

It was the emergence of the dark web over the last decade or so that allowed the hit-men sites to proliferate. Unlike most sites on the traditional Internet, dark-web sites use technology that allows both sides of an online interaction to hide their identity and location, from each other and law enforcement.

''It's a fantastic opportunity to defraud people  because you give them just enough sense of danger,''  said Emily Wilson, the head of research at Terbium Labs, a security firm focused on the dark net. ''What are you going to do if they don't go through with it.''

WHEN the first hit-men sites were discovered, an oft-repeated assumption was that the dark web was crawling with legitimate assassins waiting to kill on command.

Promotional material posted to the mainstream Internet played on that assumption.

One site, which provides readers with a link to the dark net address of the 18th Street Gang, holds itself out as a ''guide to real hit men, facts and stories.'' The site claims that people who say hit-man sites are scams are just trying to to discourage people from seeking them out.

''Most customers order from reliable reliable hit-men sites that have been proven as legitimate,'' the site says.

On many of the sites examined by the team at Michigan State, considerable effort was expended trying to prove their legitimacy so customers would feel comfortable making a payment in Bitcoin, the digital currency. Hit men are not the sort of thing you pay for with a credit card.

The site 18th Street Mafia includes a page with links to news stories about real killings it says it helped commit. None of the articles, however, indicate that the site, or even a hot man, was responsible.

For skeptical members of the media, the site says :
''We can provide video proof of our services, with time stamps. Again, such proof is not possible for fake services.''

The 18th Street Mafia did not respond to requests for comments.

The advance Global Research on the Dark Web, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Nathaniel Popper

With respectful dedication to the Dark Net, Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society :wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

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