Study finds Dark Web users are erasing their EXIF metadata from their pictures

A new study has revealed that Dark Web users have started to understand that EXIF metadata can allow authorities to trace someone, and with that knowledge they have started to erase EXIF metadata from their pictures on the Dark Web.

The study which has been performed by Harvard University students Paul Lisker and Michael Rose took a specific view on the drugs section of the Dark Web. The students collected pictures from the Dark Web and scanned them for metadata information.

They used bash scripts to crawl the Dark Web markets and they were able to collect 1.5TB of data. The data contains 83 markets and 40 associated forums from 2013 to 2015.

In total 229 unique images contained EXIF metadata. The images set contained a total of 223471 images.