Grams

“Are you a fed?”

This is what the founder of Grams asked me over encrypted chat earlier this week. A few minutes into our conversation, I had asked him a seemingly innocuous question—what sort of music he likes. But the young entrepreneur is clearly a bit skittish about revealing his identity. I can understand why.

Grams, which launched two weeks ago on the browser Tor, scrapes data from the world’s most popular black-market drug sites. Working around the clock for nearly a month, the young programmer built an impressive search engine that pulls together thousands of listings from Agora Market, Silkroad 2, Evolution Market and many other top underground drug sites.

Think of Grams like Google Shopping—a way to shop for products and compare vendors, only it’s for things like meth and MDMA.

Sunday Afternoon Matinee

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