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Seeing in the dark

By Tim Lince

Since our investigation three years ago, the dark web has continued to grow rapidly. World Trademark Review returns to this hidden part of the Internet and discovers a place of turmoil and uncertainty which poses a greater danger to brands than ever before

When the dark web marketplace Silk Road was taken down by law enforcement in November 2013 it had approximately 14,000 listings for illicit goods and services, ranging from illegal drugs to counterfeit goods. Its boast of being the largest trading platform on the dark web was subsequently taken by the AlphaBay marketplace, which also fell victim to a police operation in July 2017. At that time, it was hosting over 350,000 illicit listings – a startling indication of the exponential rise in dark web users in the past few years.

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