The Assassination Market on the Deep Web

Spannendes Interview mit dem Betreiber des „Assassination Market“ im Deep Web von Andy Greenberg, der vor ein paar Monaten bereits Silk Road-Betreiber „Dread Pirate Roberts“ interviewte, kurz bevor dieser festgenommen wurde. Ich hab' da so 'ne Ahnung, wer als nächstes auf der Liste des FBI steht.

Last month I received an encrypted email from someone calling himself by the pseudonym Kuwabatake Sanjuro, who pointed me towards his recent creation: The website Assassination Market, a crowdfunding service that lets anyone anonymously contribute bitcoins towards a bounty on the head of any government official–a kind of Kickstarter for political assassinations. According to Assassination Market’s rules, if someone on its hit list is killed–and yes, Sanjuro hopes that many targets will be–any hitman who can prove he or she was responsible receives the collected funds.

For now, the site’s rewards are small but not insignificant. In the four months that Assassination Market has been online, six targets have been submitted by users, and bounties have been collected ranging from ten bitcoins for the murder of NSA director Keith Alexander and 40 bitcoins for the assassination of President Barack Obama to 124.14 bitcoins–the largest current bounty on the site–targeting Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve and public enemy number one for many of Bitcoin’s anti-banking-system users. At Bitcoin’s current rapidly rising exchanges rate, that’s nearly $75,000 for Bernanke’s would-be killer. […]

I contacted the Secret Service and the FBI to ask if they’re investigating Assassination Market, and both declined to comment.

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