Murder for Hire

Hitman Network Says it Accepts Bitcoins to Murder for Hire

(The Daily Beast) You can only access a site called the “Hitman Network” if you use an anonymous router. But if you get there, a team of three alleged contract killers will entertain your offer to kill someone, so long as the target is not a major politician or a child under 16 years of age. The site does not take dollars or euros, but bitcoins, the electronic currency invented in 2009.

The Hitman Network represents an extreme end of what some have called the dark Web, or the part of the Internet used by criminals to sell and purchase everything from stolen credit card numbers to black tar heroin. One thing these sites have in common is their use of the instant and often anonymous currency of bitcoins and other kinds of online money, according to a new study released Wednesday by cyber-security firm McAfee.

Raj Samani, McAfee’s chief technology officer and vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, discovered the murder-for-hire website during his research into virtual currencies and Internet crime. “When I saw the Hitman Network, I made six phone calls to law enforcement contacts,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “I couldn’t believe it.”