Recently, crew members of a TV channel found out for themselves that buying weapons is not as easy as it appears to be.
Deep Dot Web reported that producers from ARD, a German TV channel, lost bitcoins worth as much as $800 when they tried to purchase an AK-47 assault rifle from a marketplace operating on the dark web.
The German channel was producing a show titled “Fear of Terror – How Endangered Is Germany?” The aim of the show was to present about terrorism, uncertainty and perils posed by the darknet markets.
The production team wanted to scare the viewers by creating a feeling of unfocused dread as the show included testimony from one of the survivors of the terror attack in Paris in November last year and a consultant who highlights the lax security measures in one of the shopping centers in Berlin.
On the other hand, security experts stated that it is not 100 percent sure that Germany is insulated against a terrorist attack.
In this respect, the show made an attempt to present the dark web in a bad light and demonize the hidden service Tor and cryptocurrency bitcoin.
In the show, Reinhold Beckmann, the host, designates a person to purchase the famous machine gun Avtomat Kalashnikova (AK).
The producers took a great deal of effort in bringing the chief of Bundeskriminalamt, the German Federal Criminal Police Department, to the show.
He even said that it is possible to obtain weapons from the illegal marketplaces operating on the dark web.
It seemed as though he was the person who gave Beckmann the idea for the digital investigative journalism experiment.
However, the host’s effort to procure an AK-47 from a marketplace in the dark web drew flak.
Nothing was delivered to Beckmann either because the seller was not a legitimate operator or the package was intercepted.
This is not surprising at all.
This is because gun trade in the dark web is full of scammers.
If the host had done some research, he would have known those weapon dealers are mostly scammers, especially when it comes to trading outside known marketplaces and offering assault rifles at low prices.
Further, it is not known as to which darknet market the team placed the order.
He might even have fallen for the Armory, a known scam weapon shop.
All said and done; guns are sold online successfully at times.
Reports show that a person who procured disabled weapons tweaked them and made them fire ammunition once again.
Spiegel investigation has reportedly identified a shop in Slovakia that supplies blank firing guns, which are converted into lethal weapons.
Some of these guns have been found to be used in the terror attacks in Europe.
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