7 strange or illegal things you can buy on the 'darknet'

2015-06-08 10:35
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Johannesburg - In the deepest, darkest recesses of the internet, where your Google searches and normal web browsers don't go, underground markets for drugs, weapons and other oddball or illegal goods are thriving.

This "dark net" is a part of the internet that the average person can't access without specific software.  

A large part of this shadow internet deals with all manner of illegal activity, like terrorist chatrooms where quick tips on getting uranium can be found.

What we have done is scoured some of the dark web's online markets to bring you a list of some of the weird, wacky or downright illegal things that can be purchased.

Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, which was at one stage the biggest online drug market in the world, was sentenced by a US judge last month to life imprisonment.

More often than not, the markets are used to sell drugs: from a little bankie of swazi to liquid LSD or blocks of cocaine or heroin.

The majority of these dark online markets use Bitcoin (BTC), which is a type of digital crytocurrency.

Note: News24 does not recommend searching for or purchasing anything on the dark net. Most of the items mentioned here are illegal or just simply shameless.

1) A custom-made South African driver's license

Let's start at home.

For those who just cannot get their parallel parking skills up to scratch, have problem doing hill balancing, don't want to brave long lines at the traffic department and would not mind spending some time in jail when caught - one site offers a pristine local driver's license for  1.2228407 BTC (about R3 500).

The vendor says the license can pass inspection at postal offices, and has been tested and "works fine all around the world".

2) Quaaludes (Mandrax)

One of the most widely abused drugs in South Africa, can now be shipped to anywhere in the world... from South Africa.

A vendor called Dr Lude sells various quantities of the drug, which is commonly known in the US as Quaaludes. The drug resurfaced into popular culture with filmmaker Martin Scorsese's adaptation of former stockbroker Jordan Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street.

The vendor cannot be held liable for the damage you could cause to yourself and pretty much everything else while under the influence of the hypnotic drug.

3) A scan of a South African passport

In the words of the vendor: "Have you been looking for a valid passport scan to verify or create anonymous accounts or services online?... Then this is the listing for you".

The listing does not mention whose passport this actually is. So when you take part in your illegal activities, be aware that you could be using another criminal's passport without them knowing.

Now you really would not want them to find out about it, would you?  

4)  An AK47

Need the right weapon for your coup de tat or to rob a bank? An original Avtomat Kalashnikova for $4 500 (about R57 000) is the answer. 

The world's most widely used assault rifle is also the must have accessory for this season's faux communist revolutionary hipster - especially if it was authentically used in liberating a small South American village. 

5)  Credit card details

For those who want to buy stuff for "free", while letting some other schmuck foot the bill, a trove of credit card details will be your new best friend.

This way you can buy legal things illegally over the net, or maybe just go on a long holiday while the real card owner sits in their cold and damp office doing silly stuff like "working".

Just be warned, you could find out that you are the "silly patsy" whose credit card details are on the list.

6) Twitter followers

Are you an up-and-coming journalist looking to get a book deal? Does size really matter to you?

Or are you sick and tired of being lonely in the big bad world of social media, while all your friends are more popular?

Have no fear! For only $25 (about R325) you can instantly receive 2500 Twitter followers. If you really want to make waves, a mere $185 (about R2 300) will get you 50 000 followers.

Now everyone will think you are popular.

7)  A guide to change your identity

Are you on the run? Or are you tired with your life and want to mix-it-up a little? How about creating a new identity?

Of all the thousands of manuals on the dark net, from "How to speak to girls" or "How to turn household chemicals into a bomb", this book is one of the few that offers genuine practical advice that politicians, the unemployed and children playing hide-and-seek can all find uses for, like:

- How to fake a college degree (page 272)

- How to get employment references (page 187)

- How to vanish so absolutely no one can find you  (page 312)

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