Police "Free" Random Darknet Shopper Robot

By Gary Cutlack on at

A group of Swiss artists are celebrating a sizeable victory over The Man today, after police agreed not to charge them for setting up their Random Darknet Shopper routine to buy illegal things on their behalf entirely at random from the dodgy corners of the darknet.

Using bitcoin to pay for the products, Random Darknet Shopper ended up purchasing ecstasy, fake Nike trainers and more illegal things on behalf of the students who put the items on display in the Kunst Halle St Gallen gallery. This eventually attracted attention of the local police, who seized the illegal exhibits lest they fall into the wrong hands.

The image above shows one of the installation artworks produced by the students and their helpful, law-breaking computer routine; a bag of yellow Twitter MDMA pills that arrived sealed in a DVD case.

Police have since destroyed the drugs but returned the rest of the purchased artworks including the fake clothing to the operators of the drug-buying bot, with the artists saying: "We as well as the Random Darknet Shopper have been cleared of all charges. This is a great day for the bot, for us and for freedom of art!" [Random Darknet Shopper via TechCrunch]