Dream Market Adds Bitcoin Cash Payment Option

Bitcoin Cash
Popular darknet marketplace Dream Market has incorporated Bitcoin Cash into its operations as a payment option.

In a bizarre yet significant move, Dream Market has yet again made headlines with an integration of Bitcoin Cash into their system.

While it may seem like a wonderful idea, observers can only speculate about why the popular darknet market chose to go for Bitcoin Cash considering its deficiency, particularly in anonymity and privacy.

Dream Market Is Back, But Not Without a Twist

It has come as fantastic news to see Dream Market make a return from a “maintenance” hiatus devoid of numerous associated problems.

In what has gradually become a popular trend, most prominent darknet markets that announce the decision to go into maintenance either disappear if not just shut down.

For this instance, however, the downtime was scheduled.

And as it appears, the operators of this platform seem to have made the best out of the period.

To be precise, they incorporated an additional cryptocurrency into their system for both buyers and vendors to utilize, although this move will not come without its fair share of controversy.

While it is fair to state that Bitcoin Cash has witnessed substantial success so far, it is still not among the currencies that anyone would go for—especially to conduct transactions on the dark web.

One would be inclined to assume that individuals who carry out their operations across the dark web would insist on privacy and anonymity as the fundamental conditions first.

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Dream Market adopted cryptocurrency payment options

And if that were indeed the case, then cryptocurrencies such as BCH and BTC would not have a place in the industry. Not only do they not guarantee complete privacy, but they also fall short on the anonymity aspect.

Even with the deficiency of darknet-oriented services and tools, the significance of the new addition of BCH as a payment option for Dream Market cannot be downplayed.

This is reiterated by the fact that Dream Market is the first of its kind in the darknet market community to endorse the use of BCH officially.

For any user who is willing and open to making use of this altcoin, the process is quite simple: go to your account settings and turn on BCH support. Its integration promises to be an exciting unfolding as we wait to see whether or not it will spark any interest among users nonetheless.

Currently, there is an outright ongoing battle within the darknet marketplace world. Just after the foreclosure of many prominent and famous marketplaces courtesy of law enforcement takedowns, the demand for privacy-oriented options of payment has been on the rise.

And while Monero seems to have cemented its reputation as the best option with this regard, the Dream Market operational team seems to have overlooked this factor and instead settled on Bitcoin Cash for reasons best known only to them.

In recent times, we have witnessed various marketplaces eradicate the use of Bitcoin for its lack of privacy and anonymity, and instead go for the more reliable Monero. As such, it only remains to be seen which particular currency next assumes the position of “favorite” in the darknet market industry (among typical dark web users).

Up until now, it is still a mystery why dark web platforms would decide to incorporate the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum.

Until just recently when Dream Market decided to do the unthinkable, it seemed unlikely that any dignified marketplace—especially because of the type of transactions and operations that happen within Dream Market—would decide to adopt cryptocurrency payment options such as BCH, mainly due to their transparency concerns.

With this critical move, the community can only hope that this decision by the Dream Market team ultimately plays out in their favor.

While adding Bitcoin Cash seems like a remarkable idea, it may also be one that comes to haunt them—especially since it is not without controversy.

With its alleged lack of anonymity and privacy (both which are essential for dark web operations), the preference of BCH could well prove a thorn in the foot for Dream Market in the coming days.

Nonetheless, it is only with time that it will become apparent precisely what the future holds with regards to the use of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) in darknet marketplaces.

Dream Market Top Vendor Arrested by German Authorities

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Popular darknet market drug peddler commonly known as “mrdrogenkommandant” or “drogenfahndung” is now in police custody.

BKA, a federal police agency in Germany, has hit yet another milestone with a massive drug dealer bust.

According to a press statement, the German authorities made an arrest and now have in custody a supposed “top vendor” on two darknet markets: Dream Market and the now-closed Hansa Market.

The alleged vendor, a 29-year-old German national, went by the pseudonyms “drogenfahndung” and “mrdrogenkommandant.”

BKA investigators, in collaboration with the office of the Public Prosecutor in Coburg and the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT), commenced their investigations into the alias mrdrogenkommandant in August of this year.

In their findings, they identified a pattern with the vendor where he and several of his close associates, despite residing in the Netherlands, were able to make constant (sometimes daily) trips to Germany.

In this instance, the authorities identified that mrdrogenkommandant, together with his accomplices, apparently sold quite a significant amount of drugs—one that merited daily trips to several parcel reception locations.

For the alleged Dream Market “top vendor,” mrdrogenkommandant’s last account activity was slightly over a month ago on November 9. With his unexpected disappearance, the vendor’s remarkable rating of 4.86/5 had suffered significantly.

His Dream Market clients have started to issue complaints about the apparently delayed deliveries, with some stating that they haven’t received anything at all.

Several days after the BKA made the arrest, they went out to announce the significant achievement.

On November 9, mrdrogenkommandant reportedly arrived with a total of 34 packages in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. However, before he could mail all the items to his customers, BKA officials apprehended him.

A statement from the German authorities says that as soon as they made the arrest, a thorough search was consequently carried out by international law enforcement teams at the vendor’s residence (linked with the trafficking of drugs) back in the Netherlands.

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Illegal drugs were siezed

In the heist, the authorities in the Netherlands seized over 75 kilograms of ecstasy, amphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and heroin. The authorities also found $477,320 (€400,000) in cash.

Following this, the office of the Coburg Public Prosecutor linked this heist with numerous other similar arrests in Germany—all related to the dark web.

It was also not a good day for some of the vendor’s clients on Dream Market, including a buyer who had just collected his package from the vendor on the day before his arrest.

Surprisingly, by the afternoon of November 9, law enforcement officials had in custody six of the vendors’ “main clients.”

Earlier this month, the Coburg Criminal Police revised the number of arrested “top clients” in an exclusive press release that mentioned they had managed to identify 12 clients and made two more arrests.

Similarly, the Rottenburg Police Headquarters and the Tubingen Public Prosecutor’s Office also made it public that they had another known drug peddler in custody.

In the press release, they explained that the peddler had subsequently received a drug package from a “popular” suspect who the authorities “know very well.” And to further cap it off, the release outlined the capturing of even more Dream Market customers.

The BKA has confirmed that they would actively collaborate with both national and global law enforcement agencies to arrest more suspects sourced from darknet markets.

Slovakian Dream Market Vendor Busted

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Dream Market vendor “CzechoSlovakFarm” has been arrested and charged by authorities in Slovakia.

A Slovakian man by the name Juraj was recently taken into custody and charged with the distribution and manufacturing of marijuana.

While this cannot necessarily be considered a dangerous drug, authorities were quick to arrest and prosecute the young 24-year old in an attempt to deal with the gradually growing menace of drug trafficking through the dark web.

The authorities declined to offer much information citing that the investigation is still ongoing.

Nonetheless, law enforcement officials noted that Juraj was in possession of a substantive amount of marijuana with the precise amount being 25 seedlings and approximately 10 kg of the “finished product.” The suspect conducted his distributing activities on various marketplaces in the dark web, although his primary base was Dream Market.

The Slovakian authorities admitted that it was quite challenging to track down Juraj mainly because of his utilization of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, along with anonymity services to access the dark web.

The authorities posted their successful crackdown in a Facebook post.

In the post, they explained that between September 2016 and the time of arrest, the suspect grew marijuana from his home in Trenčín.

Juraj was apparently operating a large-scale operation on Dream Market that involved shipping his products to various countries, among them Germany, France, the U.K., Hungary and Turkey, just to mention but a few.

What’s more, the authorities in their report identified that he used special envelopes to disguise the drugs he was sending to his various Dream Market customers using the postal service.

Immediately, the Slovakian law enforcement team narrowed down his location and the courts issued a residential search—this was how the authorities managed to gather enough evidence to not only arrest the suspect but also to charge him.

Moreover, they also discovered digital evidence that directly pointed towards his dark web activities, leading the authorities to “CzechoSlovakFarm,” a vendor account which he used on Dream Market to conduct his sales.

Juraj perfectly fits the profile of “CzechoSlovakFarm,” a Dream Market vendor who was involved in the sale of several premium cannabis strains.

In line with the Dream Market profile the police were using, the said vendor shipped the products from the same location, as per his additional vendor profile on Valhalla Market.

Finally, after his arrest, a look at the Dream Market vendor profile “CzechoSlovakFarm” indicated that customers who had made orders even days before the arrest had reported that they never received anything from the said vendor.

One user also expressed this on the DarkNetMarkets subReddit, which further indicated that Juraj was indeed CzechoSlovakFarm on Dream Market.

Rise of Darknet Drug Trafficking in Slovakia

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Drugs are sold in Slovakia at a higher rate

According to recent reports, Slovakia has slowly emerged as a suitable spot for the booming of dark web drug trafficking, after the discovery that these drugs are bought at higher rates in the nation.

Nonetheless, in a research report conducted by the Slovakian government between the years 2013 and 2016, authorities have established a theory on the distribution of narcotics across the dark web.

This study reveals that it is challenging for authorities to keep track of illegal activity in the dark web.

And this is because of the anonymity capabilities of the exclusive Tor network, as well as digital currencies such as Bitcoin.

The report also suggests that the main reason for the gradual shift of paradigms with drugs moving from the streets to the dark web is because the latter offers clients a diverse assortment of drug options from which to choose from.

As for Juraj, the Slovakian authorities have estimated the overall value of the marijuana which was found in the Dream Market vendor’s apartment to be around $120,000.

This was after quantifying the total amount of marijuana that was found, and using its value per gram to estimate (each gram costs between $10 and $12).

TorMoil Bug Exposes Tor Browser Users’ Real IP Address

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A critical vulnerability that leaks IP addresses on Linux and Mac devices has been found in the Tor browser. It stems from an unpatched Firefox bug.

Recently, the number of exploits associated with the Tor anonymity browser has been on the rise.

Among these vulnerabilities is the newly discovered “TorMoil” bug that exposes real-world Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of those using Tor for encrypted browsing.

An Italian security firm called We Are Segment first spotted the flaw.

In a write-up explaining their findings, they say the bug originates from how Firefox handles local file-based addresses (file:// URLs).

Since Tor is built on a modified Firefox Extended Support Release, the flaw carries over to the Tor browser as well.

Aside from publishing a short press release, We Are Segment CEO Filippo Cavallarin did not reveal any significant details about this vulnerability to the public.

Instead, the team reported the issue directly to the Tor Project, a non-profit group that maintains the anonymity-centered Tor browser platform.

We Are Segment provided a record of this advisory on its website.

According to We Are Segment security experts, the bug resides on Firefox and eventually affects Tor users who click on local addresses such as file:// rather than HTTP://.

The TorMoil flaw then compromises users’ anonymity and can potentially leak their IP address to attackers upon visiting malicious web pages.

However, the flaw does not affect Windows users.

Upon receiving a notification about this vulnerability, The Tor Project’s developer team worked up a temporary fix—Tor version 7.0.9 for Linux and Mac users.

The release accompanied a few paragraphs containing details of the TorMoil flaw, along with some notes on why Linux and Mac users should update their Tor browsers for security reasons.

In We are Segment’s disclosure report, the team pointed out that the TorMoil vulnerability is harmless in Firefox but catastrophic in the Tor anonymity browser.

For example, once a user on the affected systems (MacOS or Linux) navigates to a peculiarly crafted web page with the file:// address, the underlying operating system directly connects to the remote host or server, thereby bypassing the Tor browser.

By connecting to the page directly, the Tor browser does not go through its relay network. In this process, this can ultimately end up exposing users’ real-time IP address.

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Windows users are not affected

In the response that accompanied the security fix, Tor developers further acknowledged the critical flaw on Linux and Mac systems, and confirmed it does not affect Windows users.

The team also stated that users running Tor on the Tails OS and the sandboxed (still alpha-stage) version of the Tor browser are not affected.

Although no harm has been caused at the time of writing, they say an attacker can perform reverse engineering on the Tor browser to detect the patched code.

They noted that well-versed programmers could easily understand how the TorMoil bug occurs, and they could potentially create an exploit for it as well.

That’s why Tor rolled out a partial emergency fix for this particular security vulnerability.

Although Tor developers said there is no evidence that the TorMoil flaw is being exploited in the wild, researchers choose to keep details of the flaw classified over concerns of the security and privacy of Tor browser users.

The exact bug details will only be revealed when a permanent fix has been released to effectively stop the potential leak of IP addresses.

However, Tor advises users to assume that their real IP addresses may have been exposed or might leak in the future, and they should upgrade to the latest versions as soon as possible.

While users on the stable version of the browser for Linux and MacOS have been updated to Tor version 7.0.9, Mac and Linux users on the alpha channels should upgrade to Tor version 7.5a7.

In a bid to keep users’ anonymity and privacy protected, Tor Project announced their plans to release a series of new security features including new cutting-edge encryption system, advanced client authorization, offline service keys and a control port interface.

Other features include secure naming systems, improved guard algorithms, statistics, blockchain support, mixed-latency routing, virtual reality interface and artificial intelligence logic.

These features are set to build on the Tor version release that was rolled out in September. This version supports next-generation onion services, following four years of development.

The new releases are all part of the larger 0.3.2.x series. The series will, by default, replace the legacy onion system that has been in existence for over ten years.

Still, users should know that Tor vulnerabilities are continuing to arise over time. Despite this, you can still protect your security by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) alongside the Tor browser.

This provides double protection and keeps you safe from any privacy and security-related threats that may find your device.

Dream Market Crashed, Affected Users’ Funds

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Dream Market has confirmed a hardware malfunction in their escrow system, which is preventing some users from accessing their money.

The popular dark web trading site Dream Market has been reportedly having issues with its escrow account system, which is subsequently preventing some users from accessing and withdrawing their funds.

The issue is said to have resulted from a hardware malfunction.

Confirming this predicament, one user claimed he received the following message while attempting to complete a transaction: “This vendor isn’t allowed to finalize early.”

Surprisingly, he is not the only victim in this unfolding, since a host of other users has raised their concerns on Reddit citing similar difficulties.

What’s more, there are some saying that this issue is not new; in fact, it began a few months back.

They believe that this concern is not as much about early finalizing as is now the common perception—users have been attempting to withdraw money from their individual escrow accounts on time but Dream Market will still not allow them to do so.

Following these ongoing problems, the marketplace’s admins have restated by maintaining that there is a limit to the total funds which they can release to users.

Given the admins’ delayed response, some users are already questioning the real intentions of the dark web marketplace.

The story is similar for all the affected users. In truth, some claim that those running Dream Market might as well be typical scammers, even going further to caution potential customers from depositing their funds on the site.

The frustration is widespread indeed. One client, for instance, claimed that while he attempted to dispute an order to reacquire his funds, the dispute button—normally present—was unavailable in this instance.

This resulted in the auto-finalization of the order in as little as 14 days. In his final comments written on Reddit, he expressed his lack of understanding on exactly what was unfolding.

Word around town is that Dream Market is, in fact, orchestrating an exclusive exit scam. Speculation was particularly rampant after the site experienced an outage earlier, lasting only a few hours.

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Users feared that the market was seized by law

During this time, many users worried the market had been seized by law enforcement.

But this was before the escrow payment system was reported to be non-functional.

Now, according to the market’s subreddit homepage, users are leaning more toward believing Dream Market’s admins are orchestrating an exit scam.

And what’s even more shocking is that Dream has allegedly confirmed to some of the account holders that despite sanctioning their exclusive FE rights, all dealings over 0.6 BTC would need to get approval by admins.

For these users, it sounds rather unreasonable for the site’s support team to be involved in every private transaction done over 0.6 BTC, which translates to around $300.

Nonetheless, this appears to be a recurrent issue since a few months back when other account holders also raised a similar concern on Reddit.

These displeased holders are urging all account holders to immediately withdraw all their Bitcoin funds from their respective accounts. According to them, the faster they do it, the better and safer it is for them.

This hardware crash is apparently sparing no one, with both big and small vendors suffering the same predicament. Astoundingly, even holders with a 4.95/5 overall rating are also in the mix.

This, however, goes to dispel the idea that the only casualties are the low-rated accounts.

As is now commonly perceived, the notion that Dream is purportedly delaying the release of funds (escrow coins) to users in order to pull a typical exit scam seems to have settled well with many of the traders.

In the end, traders can only wait to see what unfolds.

But in reality, it would be difficult for Dream Market to pull off the ‘so-called’ exit scam, the reason being that they are not large enough to amass sufficient Bitcoin funds that will make it worthwhile.

Dream Market Now the Biggest Darknet Market after AlphaBay and Hansa Takedowns

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Darknet marketplaces inherit massive user base surges as pioneers AlphaBay and Hansa are laid to rest by the FBI.

Ever since two of the leading darknet marketplaces shut down, massive transitions have been taking place on the dark web.

As the demand for services and products being sold haven’t gone down, users are simply migrating to Dream Market—which happens to be the biggest darknet marketplace now.

Since late July, Dream Market and a few other counterparts have experienced a 28 percent surge in overall traffic.

Dream Market in particular now features more than 98,000 postings.

Here’s the gist of what’s been unfolding over the last few weeks.

What Exactly Happened?

Speculations were rife that the highly popular darknet market AlphaBay had been seized by law authorities when it disappeared in July, and to the disappointment of millions of dark web users, the rumors turned out to be true.

Soon after AlphaBay’s demise, Hansa, another leading marketplace, was taken down as well.

With transactions worth hundreds of thousands of dollars down the drain, life has been tough on the darknet.

With the United States Department of Justice terming this operation “one of the most important investigations of the year,” it’s safe to say that this is just the beginning.

Writing on the Wall

Ever since the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation took down Silk Road back in 2013, analysts around the globe had predicted a similar fate for the dark web’s remainder of marketplaces.

This summer, AlphaBay’s servers were confiscated in an operation led by authorities mainly in the U.S., the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom and France.

Operations were also conducted in Thailand and Lithuania.

The suspected founder, Alexander Cazes, was arrested on July 5.

A week later, he was found dead in prison. Authorities state that Cazes committed suicide.

Effectively three days later, a number of Dutch authorities had complete control over Hansa.

If reports are to be believed, Hansa was secretly under the scanner for as long as a month after the initial capture.

Dream Market Emerges as New Leader

Born out of the ashes of Silk Road, like many of its other counterparts, Dream Market now features the highest number of listings—98,000 and counting.

It is also one of the oldest marketplaces on the darknet, with a loyal user base.

The fact that the website grew by 4,000 postings in just one week shows that darknet market users haven’t really stopped trading as such.

Of course, certain goods have taken a substantial hit and likely will not see the light of day until the dust settles.

Online forums had initially speculated that even Dream Market’s servers were compromised, but there seems to be no real evidence to support this.

Even though the overall consensus is to lay low, thousands of transactions are still going on at Dream Market.

The Current Scenario

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vendors, have deserted Tor networks

Even though a swath of users, mostly vendors, have deserted Tor networks after this summer’s law enforcement takedowns, darknet marketplace sales are still going strong.

Tobacco and alcohol sales are still high, thanks to the 16 percent traffic surge that TradeRoute was blessed with.

There seems to be minimal fear despite the crackdowns, as Dream Market, TradeRoute and a number of other marketplaces have openly welcomed users who were displaced by AlphaBay’s shutdown.

This is primarily due to the fact that vendors always tend to use fake details to conduct their business, coupled with various IP proxies and VPN services.

So far, only the arms trade has taken a decent hit—a 37 percent drop off for RsClub Market was recorded.

But sales are bound to kick start again if the crackdowns come to an abrupt halt.

What Lies Ahead

A few networks report that a large chunk of usernames and passwords have been uncovered by the police and will be utilized for subsequent investigation.

The truth is, takedowns and arrests like these are inevitable in any illegal marketplace, be it online or offline.

What is interesting to note is that they hardly seem to have a decisive and fatal impact on the practice in question.

As of now, police in multiple countries seem to be in hot pursuit of several leads.

But, as to whether the trail runs cold or not, only time will tell.

Newly Launched Hacking Forum Hacked By Hackers

A hacking site, dubbed as a “Darkode wannabe,” was hacked by unidentified hackers shortly following its launch.

In what is possibly the most ironic incident so far this year, a hacking forum was hacked by other hackers shortly after its launch.

Intended to be a copycat version of Darkode, a hacking and malware marketplace that was shut down by the FBI in 2015, it did not take long before the new hacking forum was torn apart by hackers who made away with vital user login credentials and account information.

In addition to causing blushes to the administrators of the forum, this could expose the identities of hacking professionals who had already created accounts on the site.

Hackers Targeted Former Darkode Users Information

A copy of the data, provided by the breach notification site LeakBase, revealed that the hackers made away with a database full of Darkode users’ hashed passwords and usernames.

In addition to passwords and usernames, the hacking also produced email addresses and, worryingly, the IP addresses of its users.

This last bit is cause for concern for more than a few users who signed onto the hacking forum, especially if any of them have been involved in any recent criminal activity.

Understandably, most users of the hacking forum are worried about having their real locations attached to their internet identities.

Hacked Hacking Forum Logged User IP Addresses

The hackers made away with a database full of Darkode users’ hashed passwords and usernames.

A point of contention in this ironic turn of events is the fact that the forum logged user IP addresses.

This was something that one a perpetrator of the hacking, “FuckInterpol,” was quick to point out and express concern about.

As is typical of many hackers, this particular group left a strong message in which they told the users of the hacking forum that their forum had been “owned.” They were also quick to point out the lacking operational security of the forum’s administrators, particularly when it came to data security and management.

They followed up their message with the deletion of all the other threads on the forum.

Staff Member Admits He Could Have Played an Important Role in Hacking

Going by the moniker “Bullets,” the hacking forum staff member admitted that he could have unwittingly helped the hackers to get in by using a password from a site that was previously hacked.

Nevertheless, he was ready for any repercussions seeing that he used it knowing the worst case scenario could take place.

He revealed that he was only interested in seeing what went on in the hacking forums and as such, did not leave as much compromising information.

Using a common password was therefore not a move that was thought out to completion, as he did not think he would remain with the site.

Hacked Hacking Forum Had Poor Opsec

The site administrators have come under fire due to their less than acceptable opsec, which has undoubtedly put the hacking site’s users in more trouble than they had originally thought they would be in.

We can only wait and see whether the federal government will swoop in to pick up the criminals whose identities and locations have been revealed.

Dream Market Users Encountered Log-In Issues

these factors made them believe the site was encountering problems
these factors made them believe the site was encountering problems

Some Dream Market users have been encountering difficulties with logging in on the darknet market, most of the time the site returned a “connection timed out” error upon trying to sign in.

For those who were facing these problems, it was double trouble since some of the orders they had placed ended up being unfulfilled.

However, others were more optimistic by saying that those warnings about the site were not new but had rather been there for almost a month.

While Dream Market itself has been almost 100% online for the past weeks, the main login link is still problematic for some people.

Using alternative links seems to be a better option for those trying to access the site.

error-siteApart from “connection timed out” error, other people who tried logging into Dream Market got a “password login disabled” message.

To solve this problem, users were advised to open up new accounts and contact support explaining their situation on the other account.

Another possible solution was trying one of the available mirrors to log in.

In general, the dark web site had a backup plan so that when their main URL was down; the alternative link was up and running every single time.

Those who took advantage of this factor never went through any of the troubles listed above.

Until there’s a solid proof that Dream Market is planning anything fishy, people should not worry about the darknet market planning an exit scam on them.

All these complaints are just unverified comments made mostly by those with fresh accounts on the marketplace.

Otherwise, no major warning has been issued so far and users should rest easy that the dark web site will continue running for a long period of time.

Dream Market: The Most Popular Bitcoin-Powered Darknet Market

Dark web data intelligence provider Terbium Labs and blockchain analytics.
Dark web data intelligence provider Terbium Labs and blockchain analytics.

A recent partnership between information security firm Terbium Labs and a popular blockchain analytics startup known as Skry has revealed that Dream Market is now the most popular bitcoin-based darknet market.

Terbium Labs, which is also the creator of the revolutionary Matchlight data intelligence system, partnered with Skry and together, they analyzed millions of URLs to determine which among three of the biggest darknet markets at the moment is the most popular.

Dream Market came out on top as the one with the most hits when it was placed side by side with heavyweights such as the AlphaBay Market and The Majestic Garden.

Case Study to be Used as a Countermeasure

The two firms plan to use the results of the study as a countermeasure against some of the proposed bitcoin upgrades, specifically those that will improve user privacy on the blockchain.

Some of the anticipated upgrades expected from bitcoin include Voldemort’s MimbleWimble and CoinJoin, both of which promise to enhance the privacy of bitcoin users on public blockchain transactions.

The collaboration between Terbium Labs and Skry seeks to prove more than just the popularity of Dream Market.

In addition to providing useful insight to the law enforcement in the tracking of criminal activities on dark web marketplaces, the two firms will also supply this information to financial institutions and bitcoin-based companies.

They will also be monitoring the most used products on these blockchains and other bitcoin ledgers.

Matchlight Used to Scan Millions of Public Keys

Skry says they use data feeds from Terbium’s Matchlight system to monitor Bitcoin public keys.

Formerly known as Coinalytics, Skry employed the use of Terbium Labs’ Matchlight to index 3.7 million public keys that were obtained from password-protected forums, Tor hidden services, darknet markets such as Dream Market, and paste sites, among others.

Out of 11,000 URLs from the dark web, 22,000 public keys were obtained. 798 of these were unique bitcoin public keys.

The URLs were then taken through Skry’s analytic platform where they were further processed and aggregated to provide more accurate associative information.

Dream Market took the lead with 353 public keys and was followed closely by AlphaBay Market, which had 298 public keys.

The Majestic Garden, the third most popular bitcoin-powered darknet market, had 75 public keys.

Bitcoin Still On Top

Despite the notably increased efforts to keep bitcoin tracking at a manageable level for entities such as law enforcement, the digital currency still stands out as the most used type of currency on dark web platforms.

Two Department of War Studies professors from King’s College in London published a report that backed the fact bitcoin is still the preferred digital currency for conducting a variety of transactions on popular darknet markets such as AlphaBay and the Dream Market.

The report, “Cryptopolitik and the Darknet” elucidated how bitcoin formed the backbone of the dark trade since it is the only common currency used in Tor hidden service trades.

Other cryptocurrencies such as Monero have seen a notable rise in usage, especially after their integration with the AlphaBay Market. Monero’s main appeal lies in its strong privacy users, something that bitcoin cannot measure up to as it is at the moment.

Nevertheless, the introduction of coin-mixing services, the most popularly known being CleanCoin, has significantly enhanced the privacy of users wishing to keep their online activities untraceable by offering bitcoin users the opportunity to exchange the digital currency with a number of sources, making it virtually impossible to track the origin of the transaction.

Combined with the fact that bitcoin is easier to convert into multiple currencies and back, it is more likely to remain the preferred method of trade.

Dream Market Leader in Quality

The popularity of Dream Market comes as no surprise given the fact that it currently produces some of the best quality products and has the most reputable vendors on the dark web.

Other than the fact that tightly-run ship also includes a 4% commission on every sale, there is little else that the site can be faulted for.

Looks Like Dream Market Is Having More Technical Issues

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Some Dream Market users are complaining that they’ve been getting error messages when trying to make purchases or withdrawals on the darknet market.

One user even tried logging in multiple times using a new ID on Tor, but it still didn’t work.

However, another user said he was not been asked for his Dream Market passwords since when the problem seemed to have started. He actually got order completed successfully.

Since the package was delivered without a problem, the user argues that it’s probably just a small technical hitch that will pass away.

For those with problems on their accounts, Dream Market has been asking for security passwords in order to place orders, despite them not setting up this option on their settings.

That was not the situation a few weeks back when they were placing orders on the darknet market, but notwithstanding these concerns, there has been no response from the support team and people are starting to get worried that it could be an exit scam in the making.

dream-errorHowever, others said that when they signed up some six months ago, the marketplace was requesting for security passwords in order to complete orders and send coinage.

Fast forward to today, some users can’t log in using their passwords.

Whenever they try to access their accounts, the site says that they have entered the wrong password, even though they have never changed their passwords before.

Some people are also saying that admin has been banning accounts and taking away people’s bitcoin for the past few months.

Most Dream Market users are watchful following these developments, and also the fact that admin has not been keen on providing a response despite accusations touching on the site itself.

This lack of interest may be an indication that they are involved in the technicalities, but until an official statement is provided everything now just remains speculation.