Grams (search)

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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. 
  2. Julia Buxton * & Tim Bingham. "The Rise and Challenge of Dark Net Drug Markets" (PDF). swansea.ac.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. DeepDotWeb (1 June 2014). ""Gramwords" Launched: Google Adwords Of The DeepWeb!". Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  4. DeepDotWeb (31 May 2014). "Grams: Becoming Hub For DarkNet Info & Ads (Part 1)". Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  5. DeepDotWeb (7 June 2014). "Grams Flow: Easy access to Hidden Sites". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  6. DeepDotWeb (18 November 2014). "Grams Grows with TorAds: First Advertising Network For Tor". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  7. "Happy Birthday To Grams!". 9 April 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  8. Cox, Joseph (21 April 2015). "Banner Ads Don’t Work on the Dark Web". Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  9. DeepDotWeb (17 May 2014). "A Sneak Peek To Grams Search Engine “Stage 2: Infodesk”". Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Introducing Grams Helix: Bitcoins Cleaner". 22 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  11. Deepdotweb (August 5, 2014). "Helix Updates: Integrated Markets Can Now Helix Your BTC". Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  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.