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Grams
Type of site
Darknet market search engine
Available in English
Launched 2014
Current status Online

Grams is a search engine for Tor based darknet markets launched in April 2014.[1] The service allows users to search multiple markets for products like drugs and guns from a simple search interface.[1]

The services uses a custom API to scrape listings from several markets such as Alpha Bay and others, to return search listings.[1] The site is described by the Global Drug Policy Observatory to have "transformed how people search the hidden web".[2]

In May 2014 the site added Gramwords, a service similar to Google's AdWords search sponsorship system for vendors.[3] Additionally their profile system allows for cross-market vendor contact details and reviews to be held centrally.[4]

Later that year in June the creators released Grams Flow, a clearnet to Tor redirection service serving various dark net sites[5] and in November, a banner advertising network for Tor sites, TorAds[6][7] which has not yet had much success.[8]

'InfoDesk' allows central content and identity management for vendors, reducing the complexity of around maintaining presences on multiple markets.[9]

Helix

In June 2014 Grams released Helix, a market payment service with an integrated bitcoin tumbler.[10][11][12] Before the coins are mixed they are also traded out for new ones. The site is also available on the clearnet via Grams Flow.[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Zetter, Kim (17 April 2015). "New 'Google' for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy". Retrieved 30 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Julia Buxton * & Tim Bingham. "The Rise and Challenge of Dark Net Drug Markets" (PDF). swansea.ac.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. DeepDotWeb (1 June 2014). ""Gramwords" Launched: Google Adwords Of The DeepWeb!". Retrieved 30 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. DeepDotWeb (31 May 2014). "Grams: Becoming Hub For DarkNet Info & Ads (Part 1)". Retrieved 30 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. DeepDotWeb (7 June 2014). "Grams Flow: Easy access to Hidden Sites". Retrieved 9 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. DeepDotWeb (18 November 2014). "Grams Grows with TorAds: First Advertising Network For Tor". Retrieved 9 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Happy Birthday To Grams!". 9 April 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Cox, Joseph (21 April 2015). "Banner Ads Don't Work on the Dark Web". Retrieved 3 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. DeepDotWeb (17 May 2014). "A Sneak Peek To Grams Search Engine "Stage 2: Infodesk"". Retrieved 8 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Introducing Grams Helix: Bitcoins Cleaner". 22 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Deepdotweb (August 5, 2014). "Helix Updates: Integrated Markets Can Now Helix Your BTC". Retrieved 30 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. White, Mike. "Deep Web Bitcoin Mixer's Recent Hack Restarted The Debate Of Darkcoin Vs Trusted Mixers and Trusted Mixers Won". Retrieved 9 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>