Dark web users are buying poison, getting arrested more
The newest string of arrests on the markets of the dark web is neither for drug crimes nor child pornography -- they're for poisons.
Several undercover agents have gone underground to track the buying and selling of lethal poisons such as ricin, a toxic byproduct of castor beans. One man in the UK was charged with buying enough ricin online to kill 1,000 people.
Man ordered 'Breaking Bad-style' ricin delivery on dark web, court hears http://t.co/4KZStrBklS— The Guardian (@guardian) July 21, 2015
Other poison arrests include a 16-year-old boy, and a man in the US named Chang Le. There are similarities in each of the cases, which has led people such as Gwern Branwen to speculate that it could be the same undercover agent working each case.
facts about ricin and the dark web:
Ricin's toxicity functions by preventing cells in the body from producing necessary proteins to survive. Eventually the cells die out, which can cause death.
Agora, another major dark web marketplace, has stopped listing firearms due to a large spike in arrests.
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