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Russia Bags First Place on Dark Web Medal Table

It is no secret that the so-called “big boy” countries in the world run the show in terms of everything. Their powers and superiority are not something that you can question. Talk about their economy, infrastructure, military, influence, and more. It is also no secret that these powerful countries are the ones most involved in the dark web. Russia, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Many security firms over the past few years have been conducting surveys to determine why the dark web continues to grow and which countries can be attributed to that cause. RepKnight, a security firm, familiar with the dark web has finally proven as to which countries hold the crown so far as the dark web is concerned.

The firm has published an alternative ‘medal table’ with accounts of the most common country-specific top-level domains (TLDs) in email addresses which are frequently posted most on the dark web.

In a somewhat Olympic-like manner, the dark web security firm RepKnight showed with details the country-specific top level domain which had the most appearances on the various dark web platforms.

Russia, one of the big guns who is tipped by many as the worst country so far as the dark web is concerned didn’t disappoint many as they once again proved to be heavily involved with activities over there. The .ru TLD topped the alternative medal table having eight gold medals, three silver medals, and two bronze. That wouldn’t be bad for the country if it were the real Olympics with regards to their performances over the years.

Germany, another known compatriot of the dark web came second on the medal table. Considering their numerous efforts to try and bring the situation under control, this would not be the results they would have expected. Another European country, France who really impressed in the real 2018 winter Olympics reciprocated their performance here also, taking the third spot on the dark web medal table.

More European countries continued to dominate the medal table as the Czech Republic finished 9th of RepKnight’s medal table, followed by Italy, with Sweden going home with the 12th position. Great Britain or the UK finished tenth on the alternative medal table, a result which has raised many eyebrows due to the fact that, numerous arrest related to the dark web has been made within the past few months.

Not forgetting dark web related drug busts also since they are becoming more of an everyday thing now in the UK. Still, of all the bad glory that the UK has been achieving over the past few months, they were recently again at the center of a new report on online dark web drug dealers. The UK was rated the biggest online drug dealing country in Europe. The report estimated the total value of the monthly trade in dark web market drugs which was about £16 million a month globally with dealers from the UK making over 16% of the global revenues. This was spread across the eight largest dark web marketplaces, with British dealers taking home £5,200 each on average every month.

The United States, another powerhouse when it comes to the dark web also placed 9th on the table, another shocking result to many people since the country is currently swimming in synthetic opioid problems from the dark web, causing a drug epidemic, something the country hasn’t seen in many years.

Another European country, Norway finished bottom of the RepKnight medal table, an exact opposite performance to what they did in the winter Olympics but also very good news for the Scandinavian country.

Almost 7.5 million email addresses were counted by RepKnight. The typical ‘.com’ and ‘.net’, both global TLDs, constituted almost two-thirds of the credential identified, leaving over 2.7 million Email credentials which were also associated with other TLDs such as ‘national’ TLDs.

Speaking after the survey, Patrick Martin, a cyber-security analyst at the firm, stated that: “The dark web is a substantially growing threat to businesses all over the world.” He continued by saying “While we’re not going to be handing out any awards to the ‘winners’ of our alternative medal table, it certainly offers a clearer picture of which countries are being targeted by cybercriminals.”


  1. Their method of using email national domains doesn’t give their conclusion much authenticity.

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