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Dark Web Selling Alleged Western Weapons Sent to Ukraine

 

According to the recent reports, various weapon marketplaces on the dark websites have been listing military-grade firearms that are coming from Western countries to support the Ukrainian army in its fight against Russian aggression. 

These weapons were illegally put aside from the received supplies and are now made available to terrorists who are looking to buy rocket launchers and other deadly attack systems. 

This data has been released by Israeli cyber-intelligence specialist KELA who found military weapons listed by Ukrainians on various dark web markets. The report further read that one marketplace was tracked as “Thief,” which had a total number of 9 listings from three sellers associated with Ukraine.

Another seller named “Weapons Ukraine,” sells rifles, grenades, and bulletproof vests for amounts ranging from $1,100 to $3,600, and promises delivery in Ukraine. As per the statistics of the website, 32 users have completed purchases from the site however no user has left a review yet. 

Subsequently, another market that is supplying weapons allegedly to Ukraine by NATO countries is the "Black Market Guns," which offers U.S.-made Switchblade 600 Kamikaze Drone for $7,000 and NLAW anti-tank missiles for $15,000. 

However, the coordination of the publication on various platforms increases the chances of this being a part of a large disinformation scam campaign to take advantage of the current political situation of the county for profit. 

While the listings of these weapons seem genuine with the price of weapons also being offered realistically, the chances of them being created by pro-Russian malicious actors for propaganda purposes are high. If that is the case, pro-Russian media houses could use this information as real to serve their purposes. And at this time, the authenticity of these listed weapons from Ukraine on the dark market websites cannot be verified.