Researchers from Qatar University in Doha published a paper on January 23, 2018, detailing their successful attempt to de-anonymize Tor users with bitcoin transaction analysis.
In this shocking research paper, a clear and simple method is explained for tracking the real identities of people who sent or received payments for hidden services using bitcoin. 125 unique users were positively identified and connected with 20 different Tor hidden services. These services included sensitive transactions on deep web markets such as Silk Road and The Pirate Bay, and also donations to Wikileaks.
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