We live in future times, always have. With the rise of the Dark Web, it’s stranger than ever–sinister alliances and transactions are forged over the worldwide web every waking moment. The Silk Road was just the beginning, the tip of the iceberg, our first dalliance with an illegal online network on the Tor browser. Now there are such things as assassination markets, hitmen networks and you don’t even want to know what else.
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The Hitmen Network
The Hitmen Network will deploy three contract killers to entertain your offer, so long as the target is not a major politician or a person under the age of 16. “Tell others about this shop, and earn 1% from every purchase they will make,” reads a message on the site. It is unknown how or if the hit is confirmed.
The Assassination Market
The other major network is called the Assassination Market, which is essentially an encrypted Kickstarter network for murder. A target’s name is added to a hit list and then bidders use bitcoin to fund the pool. Currently, NSA Director Keith Alexander has a 10 bitcoin bid on his head; 40 bitcoins are offered for assassinating President Obama; and a whopping 124.14 ($75,000) for chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.
The creator of Assassination Market goes by the moniker Kuwabatake Sanjuro. His ambitions are no less than the overthrow of world governments. “Thanks to this system, a world without wars, dragnet panopticon-style surveillance, nuclear weapons, armies, repression, money manipulation, and limits to trade is firmly within our grasp for but a few bitcoins per person. I also believe that as soon as a few politicians gets offed and they realize they’ve lost the war on privacy, the killings can stop and we can transition to a phase of peace, privacy and laissez-faire.”
How does the assassin prove he pulled the trigger? Before the murder, the killers create a text file with the intended date of death, then use a cryptographic function known as a hash to convert the text file into a unique string of characters. Prior to making her hit, each killer embeds that data in a small bitcoin donation to the victim’s bounty. When the killer’s target is dead, he sends the text file to Sanjuro, who uses the hashes to make sure the results match the code sent before the target’s death. Sanjuro keeps a 1% commission on each kill.
Coming soon…stories from the Dark Web–how many people are being killed from this system?
And READ our HORROR EBOOK How to Make a Spider. One of the stories is about a fictional assassination market in the near future!