Darknet Random Shopper, 2014 by Mediengruppe Bitnik

The Random Darknet Shopper is an automated online shopping bot which we provide with a budget of $100 in Bitcoins per week. Once a week the bot goes on shopping spree in the deep web where it randomly choses and purchases one item and has it mailed to us. The items are shown in the exhibition «The Darknet. From Memes to Onionland» at Kunst Halle St. Gallen. 

The Random Darknet Shopper is a live Mail Art piece, an exploration of the deep web via the goods traded there. It directly connects the Darknet with the art space (exhibition space). 

The bot bought Ectasy pills (hidden in a DVD case to confuse custom’s x-ray inspection), Cigarettes, a fake Loius Vitton bag, a platinum credit card and a Fire-brigade’s master keys.

It is worth mentioning that Darius Kazemi created Random Shopper in 2012, a bot that would randomly buy things on Amazon with a budget of $50 a month. So Bitnik’s piece is likely to be knowingly inspired by it. 

The Deepnet (Darkweb, Darknet, whatever you wanna call it)
The Deepnet

Did you ever see the Matrix films? Some people are calling it the darknet or darkweb but the real name for it is the Deepnet.

The Deepnet is a part of the internet that can’t be accessed by the general public and can’t be found in search engines like Google. It’s a secret part of the internet that can only be accessed by a certain network of people. 

The Deepnet although pretty secretive is almost 5 times bigger than the whole of the public internet and filled with lots more information useful for hackers, researchers and scientists alike.

Although it does have it’s useful points there’s also much darker parts of the Deepnet, prostitution rings, hackers, drug dealing websites and assassins for hire. It can be a very dangerous place which is why staying anonymous and never giving away your details is highly important, we’re talking about the sickest people around as well as some of the best hackers on the planet. 

You must connect through a proxy and then connect to the Tor network. You can connect to the Tor network by using a web browser plugin or the Incognito OS ‘Tails’ which is used by the armed forces etc when they need a secure encrytped connection. 

Before connecting to the Deepnet and discovering the secret internet 5 times bigger than the ‘surface internet’ please be sure to read up on the following very thoroughly.

Although the Deepnet is quite a weird place and can be scary at the same time it does have a wealth of useful information in it, it’s something I’d strongly recommend to anyone that has the guts for it and/or curiosity to learn more.


The so-called ‘darknet’ has gained notoriety as the site of 'drug emporiums’ like the recently shut-down Silk Road, where illegal narcotics including cocaine, ecstasy and heroin could be bought at the click of a button.
Yet it is not just those seeking illegal highs who are using networks like Tor, where anonymity is ensured through encryption.
Americans who do not have medical insurance, or who want to buy medications which have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are heading to the darknet, where therapeutic drugs are available at huge discount.
“The U.S. medical establishment really seems to be more about cancer as a business,” one man 'Mike’ told Vocativ.
He told the website that his father had refused to travel to France to buy potentially life-saving medication when he got cancer, and had died of the disease. So when his mother got breast cancer he was determined to access the best medication available, at the best price.
“Some of the generics that she had been on, in the US it’d be a $27,000 or $28,000 a year on prescription. You look at what you can do online and you get the same thing for about $1,800 to $2,000 per year. It’s 90% saving,” he said.
He said that despite having insurance, his family were still having to pay $34,000 a year for treatment, and he began to look for cheaper ways to access the medication.
“The internet being what it is, you just have to poke around a little bit and you’ll find all kinds of things… If there is something that’s available online that may be of utility for her, then you go ahead and try it,” he said.



A robot deployed on the dark web over the past few weeks has bought a pair of fake Diesel jeans, a baseball cap with a hidden camera, a stash can, a pair of Nike trainers, a decoy letter (used to see if your address is being monitored), 200 Chesterfield cigarettes, a set of fire-brigade issued master keys, a fake Louis Vuitton handbag, and 10 ecstasy pills. Who is legally liable?

Why I Had to Buy My Wife's Inhaler on the Dark Web
You can buy a range of prescription medicines online for a fraction of the cost.

Jackie has to use a maintenance inhaler twice per day, every single day, and will continue to use it for the rest of her life. Even with that maintenance inhaler, she sometimes still needs to use a different rescue inhaler to make it through the night when her asthma symptoms can be more pronounced. Without using these two types of medicine every day she could have an asthma attack, be hospitalized, or die. Given that a person with severe asthma could literally die without these inhalers, you would expect insurance companies to price them low enough for anyone to afford. It would be pretty unethical, or at the very least irresponsible, to charge a premium for them. Right?

Wrong. Many common medicines that people need (such as those prescribed for ADHD, anxiety, depression and many, many other things) are made very affordable, according to an insurer’s drug tier list. Asthma inhalers, however, are not.

Several months ago, Jackie found that her maintenance inhaler was running low. We had just obtained health insurance through Kentucky’s health care exchange and, while it wasn’t the most expensive plan, it certainly wasn’t cheap. Our monthly bill was high, but we thought the coverage was worth it.I should mention that Jackie specifically picked a plan with low prescription co-pays .Imagine our surprise when the total for her inhaler, with insurance applied, turned out to be around $300. Money was very tight at that time; we just couldn’t afford the inhaler without falling behind on other necessities like utilities and groceries. It was Jackie’s idea to check on the dark net.

It hadn’t occurred to me to look for an inhaler on the dark net until Jackie suggested it. She doesn’t really know much about the markets beyond things I’ve told her, but she asked me one night if you could buy inhalers on them. I got online, opened the Tor browser that is the gateway to the darknet, and pretty soon I found exactly the same maintenance inhaler—same brand, completely identical—that we needed to replace. The price was $30 with shipping.

The inhaler finally arrived intact after a couple weeks. It was in a completely unremarkable cardboard box. The only reason we recognized it as the inhaler was because of the country listed in the return address. It was hidden within multiple layers of packaging in the box to hide it from prying eyes. I honestly feel that a more illicit substance could easily have slipped through customs by being packaged the same way. The inhaler itself was completely legitimate and identical to what our local pharmacy would have given Jackie. The only difference was the price, and the fact that a crime had to be committed to get it.

Fortunately, Jackie has since found a way to obtain her maintenance inhaler without breaking the bank or the law, thanks to a helpful doctor and, of course, not our insurance company. However you feel about health care in the United States, I hope we can all agree that life saving medicine should be affordable. I make a pretty decent salary and we have good health insurance. I shouldn’t have to commit a crime to get the medicine my wife needs, and there are plenty of people with severe asthma who are in a much worse place financially than we are and yet still wouldn’t qualify for Medicaid. The majority of those people have never even heard of a dark net market and certainly wouldn’t know how to use one. What are they supposed to do?

When life saving medicine is out of reach to those who need it, something has to change. I don’t see that change coming anytime soon unfortunately. All I know is that health care is broken in this country and until it’s repaired, maybe it’s not such a bad thing that dark net markets exist.