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An Italian man has been arrested on suspicion of paying a hitman to assassinate his former partner.
According to aon Wednesday, the suspect dove into the darkest corners of the internet to find a hitman and eventually located a website claiming to offer these services on the dark web.
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It is necessary to use the Tor network to access the deep web -- an underlayer that is not indexed by typical search engines -- and a sector of this area, known as the dark web, is where illegal activities and purchases take place.
After contact was made, someone apparently happy to perform the task of assassinating his ex-girlfriend was paid roughly €10,000 in Bitcoin (BTC).
However, Europol and the Italian Postal and Communication Police apparently caught wind of the plan and an "urgent, complex crypto-analysis" was performed.
At the same time Europol was attempting to unmask the suspect and trace the BTC transfer, Italian law enforcement reached out to the cryptocurrency exchange in which the suspect's virtual currency was originally purchased. The exchange, which has not been named, provided the police with further information.
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"The timely investigation prevented any harm to be perpetrated against the potential victim," Europol says.
The European agency, as well as various law enforcement groups, use ato monitor and track cryptocurrency transactions suspected of being linked to criminal activities.
Interpol, for example, uses and was involved in the development of GraphSense, a blockchain-based analytics tool for cryptocurrency address and transfer searches. The organization is currently working on a new tool, dubbed "Darkweb Monitor," which will focus on cryptocurrency intelligence gathering for law enforcement purposes.
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