M.S. Project Defense: Meghana Kodali

Data Capture and Analysis Over Darknet Markets

Meghana Kodali
Advisor: Dr. Yubao Wu

Darknet markets are online black markets that facilitate illegal trade in drugs, firearms, counterfeit currency, fake IDs, credit cards, forged documents, etc. These transactions mainly use cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Darknet markets do not offer much protection to vendors and customers, leading to an escalation in dark market hacks.

The main idea of this project is to collect data about darknet market vendors and try to interrupt their activities. The data collected is used to analyze the effect of these illegal activities on real-world events.

The first part of this project involves retrieving data from different darknet markets by scraping data from web pages and saving it in a database. The second part involves parsing the scraped content and using it to answer questions such as the following:

  • How many vendors have joined in the past year and what are their sales?
  • What new categories are being added to the markets?
  • Which vendor has the greatest number of sales?

Committee
Dr. Yubao Wu (chair)
Dr. Marie Lavinia Ouellet

Thursday, April 15 at 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Science & Tech, Graduate Defense

Campus

Atlanta Campus

Audience

Students, Faculty/Staff

Tags

M.S. project defense

Department
Computer Science
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