Lost on the Silk Road: Online drug distribution and the ‘cryptomarket’

  title={Lost on the Silk Road: Online drug distribution and the ‘cryptomarket’},
  author={James Martin},
  journal={Criminology \& Criminal Justice},
  pages={351 - 367}
  • James Martin
  • Published 2014
  • Engineering
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
The illicit drugs website, Silk Road, presents an ideal case study for how online communication technologies are transforming crime. This article seeks to locate the offences committed via Silk Road within existing cybercrime literature, and presents a new criminological concept – the cryptomarket – to outline the contours of this new generation of online illicit marketplace. Cryptomarkets are defined as a type of website that employs advanced encryption to protect the anonymity of users. The… Expand

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