Matthew Venturi

Matthew Venturi is a senior writer for He covers topics related to privacy, cybersecurity, and hacker culture. Prior to working for, he was a junior editor for The Washington Post. Matthew received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in communications and a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State where he was also a graduate assistant.

Why Are Dark Web Markets So Popular?

Darknet marketplaces are black market websites that provide illicit items for sale, typically using bitcoin as a payment method. Although certain goods are legal, such as cigarettes and alcohol, illegal items such as drugs, stolen data, and weapons are frequent offerings on these sites. All of this activity, this picture of a bustling marketplace, might …

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