It is surprising that most of the vendors were using Bitcoins for transactions. The fact that Bitcoin isn’t anonymous has been known for a long, long time — so maybe the drug dealers should’ve seen it coming.
The most popular case to highlight this was the infamous “anonymous drug marketplace” Silk Road. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was able to trace all Bitcoin transactions to the marketplace’s founder Ross Ulbricht.
Drug dealers busted by US authorities were relying on Bitcoin for anonymity
There has been increased crackdown globally on illicit uses of Bitcoin over the last few years. But it seems that has not deterred one of the virtual currency's earliest adopters — the "dark web users" — from using it to buy and sell illegal things online.
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