Mining the Dark Web: From The Silk Road to Now

Thursday 25 May 2017

5.45pm for 6.15pm start

Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Directions and maps | Campus Map

In The Spark Building (on East Park Terrace, adjacent and north to the Library)
Refreshments at 5.45pm (This is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Southampton Central Station). The Pod is on the 3rd floor, - the lifts are on the left once you have entered the Spark building

Note the external doors are closed at 6.30pm, so if you cannot get in after 6.30pm, a special phone will be switched on from 6.30pm to 7.30pm only

Free to both BCS and Non BCS Members

This event will be a joint event with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG and Southampton Solent University.

Within the last few years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to fight against dark web hosted marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of "The Silk Road" by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record.

This talk will present research carried out to gain insights on the products and services sold within one of the larger marketplaces for drugs, fake ids and weapons on the Internet, Agora, and on new developments after the demise of Agora.

The team behind the research included Andres Baravalle, Sin Wee Lee, Germans Zaharovs (research intern) and Mauro Lopez Sanchez (final year project). The work has been featured on the front page on The Times and on the Guardian, amongst other media.

About the speaker:

Andres BaravalleAndres Baravalle ( works in the in the University of East London as Senior Lecturer in Computing ( He has been working in academia since 2004 (University of Turin, University of Sheffield, Open University, University of East London), while also working as a contractor in industry.

Andres has been developing in LAMP environments since 1999 and managing development teams since shortly after. In the past years he has been combining his expertise in web technologies with an interest on security and data science.


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