Tor and I2P – What’s The Difference?

I2P and Tor are both anonymizing networks, enabling people to tunnel out of their non-secure and open environments. Nonetheless, they achieve this in somewhat different ways. This article explains the benefits of each, breaking down their similarities, pitfalls, and things you must know to be safe.


Tor has been around for quite some time now than I2P. As such, Tor has much more been studied in depth by both the black hat and white hat communities. It was much better designed to serve as an out-proxy compared to I2P. This is due to the fact that Tor comes with numerous exit nodes than those on I2P. Moreover, Tor has the ability to use bridges and TLS, and performs highly better when it comes to evading state-level firewalls.

The Tor network has the advantages in that it’s able to hold a huge number of talented developers, some of whom are even funded. As a matter of fact, the network receives a superb amount of money for its development and maintenance, and this shows in the form of its white papers and excellent documentation. Tor uses a simple SOCKS proxy; therefore, your only choice is to be an exit, client node, or relay node.

On that note, as opposed to Java on I2P, Tor is written in C. This means that a Tor client typically runs with a smaller memory footprint and much faster. The network also uses the directory-based technique, offering a centralized focal point to manage the overall network “view,” as well as report and gather statistics, contrasted with the distributed network model on I2P. This centralization can efficiently handle Sybil attacks and reduce complexity at each level.


The I2P network was excellently designed by developers who had the internal network in their minds. Measures have been taken to create a better environment for hosting services rather than providing out-proxies. Indeed, this is the fundamental difference between Tor and the I2P network.


I2P was optimized and designed for hidden services, which are very faster than in Tor, because the network is self-organizing and fully distributed. To help with this, peers are chosen by continuously ranking and profiling performance, as opposed to trusting claimed capacity.

I2P is packet-switched, instead of circuit-switched, like Tor network. This means there is a transparent load-balancing of messages across multiple paths, rather than a single one. Essentially, all peers take part in routing for other. Unlike Tor’s SOCKS created for functionality, I2P’s API was designed for anonymity.

Tor seems to have an upper edge over I2P as far as offering better security is concerned because of its SOCKS proxy. However, it’s important to have in mind that most individuals won’t have a threat model where security would be of great concern because attacks tend to be very complex.

Finally, I2P tunnels are short-lived, reducing the number of samples that attackers can use in order to mount a serious attack with, unlike Tor’s circuits, which are typically long-lived.

Tor Vs. I2P: Which Is Better?

That is a very open-ended question and falls to technical choice at times. An example being peer-to-peer file sharing over I2P, in which case Tor doesn’t support nor encourage it. Other times it will depend on individual choices. You’ll find the content on the I2P and Tor networks to vary. However, this is not to say mean that you shouldn’t host services on the Tor network, or shouldn’t out-proxy with I2P. The networks are designed and developed with various strengths in mind.

i2p vs tor anonymous networks
Generally, if you are searching for an efficient out-proxy, Tor is an excellent choice. The network still has more to offer, granted that several exit nodes have already been blacklisted in order to prevent abuse.

If you are looking for a great onion routing network, then I2P would be an ideal choice, since you are afforded higher speeds and added protection to go along with it.

Rise And Fall Of Darknet Markets

Three years and a similar number of months after the FBI seized the Silk Road, the darknet markets’ equivalent of Amazon, and other new entities are coming up and even booming in the very same niche. You may be wondering how this is possible considering that law enforcement agencies have improved scrutiny to stem the growth of such sites.

Silk Road and other versions of its incarnation as well as Agora, Evolution and Abraxas have risen to dominate the dark web before falling only to find replacement in other, probably better-coded websites. The story behind their rise, and eventual fall, vary though and this is probably the reason even their lifespans vary.

The Silk Road

To everyone who knew him, Ross Ulbricht was an ideal kid. University of Texas even accepted him on a full scholarship. He did not pass for a person who would orchestrate and run a US$1.2 billion illicit drugs marketplace; yet he did!

While in college, Ross developed a strong disinclination for government inference. He started growing a strain of hallucinogenic fungi, which he hoped to peddle using the ever-extending distribution channels of darknet market. While his mushrooms were growing, he decided to try a hand in computer programing. He roped in his pal, Richard Bates, who was already a programmer with eBay.

Silkroad Ross Ulbricht
Using Bate’s assistance, Ulbricht was able to code successfully, the script for Silk Road including hiding it on Tor browser to evade banking and government oversight and intrusion. The website went live in February 2011 and within a few short months, had thousands of enlisted vendors and buyers.
Silk Road’s ranking system, that graded vendors based on feedback, made it a favorite with many customers. This steady traffic, flawless distribution aided by encrypted communication and the website’s 10 to 12% commission soon made Ulbricht rich. The website managed a whopping 1.2 million transactions during its lifespan with total revenue amounting to about 9.5 million bitcoins.

The fall of Silk Road started almost immediately it went live. Senator Charles Schumer made requests to have Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Justice shut it down. After this request, all communication to and from the website came under scrutiny and in October 2013, the FBI seized the website arresting and charging Ulbricht with computer hacking, money laundering and conspiracy to traffic narcotics.


Following the demise of Silk Road, many online entities rose to fill the gap left. One of these entities, Evolution, also called Evo by darknet markets customers came alive in January 2014. The site’s creator, Verto, also founded Tor Carding Forum, an identity theft and stolen cards forum on Tor.

Evolution’s rapid growth came about because it went alive at a time when law enforcement agencies were seizing its competitors. The weird blend of both cyber security as well as lax rules on the use of stolen cards also propelled Evo to the top of darknet markets. Despite this laxity, it still disallowed prostitution, child pornography, murder, terrorism and assassination related services and Ponzi schemes.

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Unlike other darknet markets, Evolution shut down in March 2015, apparently due to exit fraud by the administrators in order to steal users’ cash in their escrow accounts.

Agora and Abraxas

Agora went live in 2013 and soon became a major darknet markets destination. Following the closure of Evolution in an apparent exit fraud, Agora became the leading darknet website. Unlike many of its counterparts, it did not suffer the wrath of Operation Onymous, the international law enforcement agencies’ operation that targeted hidden services and darknet markets hosted on the Tor network. The website’s administrators took it down in what they termed as protection from potential attacks meant to de-anonymize server locations.

Soon after Agora went down, Abraxas emerged and claimed the darknet markets’ top place. Like others before it, it also went down in what is possibly an exit fraud.

Thriving Darknet Markets

The legion of online users averse to government inference keeps growing each day. This breed of consumers helps spur the growth of darknet markets. Since the emergence of the Silk Road, a shutdown of a darknet market usually precedes an emergence of a replacement. Soon after Agora and Abraxas’ demise from the scene, new darknet markets have risen to fill whatever gap existed.

AlphaBay and Dream Market now occupy the pinnacle of darknet markets. Though they operate in the same Tor network that hosted the other dark net websites, they are perfecting the art and science of concealing their tracks. Their survival in this rather unstable niche is however, only a matter of time.

Colombian Government Set To Legalize Medical Marijuana

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia signed in late 2015, a decree that will legalize and regulate medical marijuana. This action is however a shift away from the country’s policy of preventing production of drug crops. In doing this, the president said it puts Colombia in the midst of countries that are leading in exploiting natural resource for disease interventions. The medical world uses marijuana to reign over ailments like Crohn’s disease, HIV symptoms, nausea and seizures.

While announcing the decree in an address televised nationally, President Santos said that growing, processing, importing and exporting cannabis and its derivatives would now be legal as long as the said products serve scientific or medical use. Responsible state agencies such as the health ministry as such, will grant licenses for cannabis seeds and plants.

Though marijuana production mainly falls in the legally grey area, President Santos says the government will remain steadfast in the fight against illegal drug production. This action is not entirely strange; Colombia passed a law in 1986 that allow manufacture, export and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes. Until this decree however, no formal regulation was really in place.

Essentially, this law now demands that anyone who wishes to grow marijuana must seek a license from the National Narcotics Council.

Though plagued by effects of decades-long drug trade and ensuing related violence, Colombia now joins a league of Latin American countries that have laws and policies decriminalizing and or legalizing use of marijuana. Residents of these countries and US states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon can now easily access cannabis for medicinal use. Uruguay in fact, is several steps ahead with functional laws that fully legalize production, sale and even recreational use.

President Santos highlighted that this action does not stand in the way of Colombia’s commitment to drug control. The country is a close collaborator of the US in the fight against drug trafficking. It is the world’s leading cocaine producer followed closely by another South American counterpart, Peru, and, both the US and Colombia believe that the financial might of the former and the latter’s military power will help the South American coke powerhouse shed this title.

Colombia also plans to offer incentives to help with the fight against drug crop production. For instance, coca growers who cease production will get land from the government. Under the decree, entrepreneurs who seek to manufacture drugs using marijuana will get permits from the ministry of health. The same government agency will be responsible for granting permits to traders who want to export the drug and its derivatives to countries where marijuana use is legal.

Marijuana Could Become A 35 Billion Market By 2020 If Legalized Nationwide
The decree seems to emanate from Colombia’s quest to increase public access to locally made drugs that are also safe and of high quality. Legalizing marijuana as such provides an opportunity for the country to promote scientific research. The push to make marijuana use legal seems to engulf the entire South America; Chile’s congress is deliberating on making it legal. Even Mexico, which has prohibitionist marijuana laws, is initiating a national debate early 2016 that will overhaul these.

Colombia decriminalized marijuana possession in 2012 as long as it is less than 20 grams. It also is legal to grow up to 20 plants of cannabis though consumption in public remains illegal. Medical marijuana is however, already available, albeit on a small scale. Pharmaceutical companies and health professionals condemn this new decree saying that it will make the process of buying, selling and manufacturing drugs a lot easier.

If such a situation is true, then Colombia is diving into a sad situation considering that illegal drugs fuel horrific violence in the country. Over the past five decades, more than 220,000 have lost their lives because of conflicts between the government forces and leftist guerrillas.

Dream Market Security Features

When buying and seeing goods and services on the dark web, one needs to take extra precaution to cover them thoroughly when it comes to security. VPNs, PGPs, Tor and Bitcoin are all de rigueur for keeping oneself protected, along with strong passwords multiple different usernames, and encrypted files.

Due to the illicit nature of dark web marketplaces, they can be breeding grounds for scammers, hackers, and people of questionable reliability, poised to steal either one’s money or one’s identity, or entrap one in a web of extortion.

So how does one stay safe when traversing the dark web market? Choose a marketplace with a good reputation, and multiple security measures in place to protect its users.

Dream Market has a reputation for having high quality buyers and sellers, which no doubt has something to do with the security systems that Dream Market has put in place.

So what just are their security features?

Bitcoin transactions

All transactions conducted on the Dream Market marketplace involve an exchange of Bitcoins. The cryptocurrency, with careful user behavior, provides anonymity to people using it. Transactions cannot be traced back to a user, unlike, for instance, credit card transactions, which are linked to a name.

Escrow system

An escrow system is put in place by Dream Market to prevent sellers running off with buyers’ funds before delivery of goods, and buyers from running off with a seller’s goods before payment of monies.

Once an item is ordered, a buyer sends Bitcoin to Dream Market to pay for it. The seller sees that the buyer has paid and ships the item. Once the buyer receives the item and is happy, the funds are released from Dream Market to the seller. In this way, buyers and sellers can both be assured that their Bitcoins won’t be stolen.

Dual rating system

Darknet markets operate much in the same way that eBay does: each buyer provides a rating for a seller after their transaction is complete, and each seller also similarly rates the buyer. This provides feedback for users that haven’t interacted with each other before. A seller with low ratings may provide low quality or counterfeit goods, or even non-security conscious packaging.

PGP login

Dream Market has a very handy PGP login. PGP logins are essential for more secure transmissions over the dark web. User will need to make a PGP key to store on Dream Market and use for logging in. When using PGP login, Dream Market will send user an encrypted message that user will need to decrypt as well as entering password. This will make user’s Dream Market account much more secure than a password alone.

Captcha code on login

User might notice when one go to enter the Dream Market site that a Captcha box appears. This clever little code is used to prevent brute force user account hacking. It may be annoying to fill in every time, but it’s there to prevent user from getting one’s account stolen.

PIN password recovery

We all forget our passwords from time to time – because we now have to remember so many of them! Dream Market has attempted to help users out who have forgotten their passwords by using a PIN (enabled at sign-up time) to recover them. This is instead of using questions like ‘Mother’s maiden name’ and ‘first pet’, which can be elicited from people easily with a little bit of social engineering. Just don’t make your PIN your birthday!

Admin support

The administrators of Dream Market appear to do a fairly good job. If users have an issue with any transaction, all they have to do is open a support ticket to have the matter addressed by the admin team. The team will attempt to solve users’ issues in a timely manner.

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When users are buying and selling on the dark web they will also need to keep their wits about them. Here are a few more tips on how to stay safe:

  • Search for any mention of users on forums first before entering into first transaction with them.
  • Don’t click on links in random messages sent to you in the marketplace.
  • Verify any messages from the market themselves have the correct return address.
  • Always make sure that you’ve got the correct Dream Market .onion web address.
  • Avoid any vendors asking to finalize early (FE – no escrow) that you don’t already know and trust.

Top 10 Most Popular Darknet Marketplaces

Calling all potential or current dark web sellers and buyers! Looking for the most popular markets on the dark web? Looking for your dream market? Today we outline the hottest online marketplaces on the dark web as of right now.

That’s right, we’ve swept out the cobwebs and there’s no more shut down markets on our updated list. Find out where is best to sell and buy online here.

Find your dream market. Check out our list below of the top ten most popular online black markets.

Quick Privacy Note: If you are using or wish to use any of the darknet markets then you need to be doubling up your security by combining the use of a good VPN with Tor. The Tor browser is not good enough by itself. The feds have been using many different ways lately to de-anonymize Tor users, if you also use a VPN then you have a double layer of security that protects your identity. You can check out what the good VPN’s are by clicking here.

1. AlphaBay

AlphaBay is still the heaviest hitter in the game when it comes to the online black markets. Since its launch in November of 2014 it has grown to become the number one choice with buyers and sellers worldwide, with over 230,000 users. Unfortunately, this has led to a high number of scammers operating on the market, so if you’re buying on AlphaBay, remember to tread carefully.

AlphaBay Market has been seized by law enforcement. Full story here:

AlphaBay URLhttp://alphabaywyjrktqn.onion
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2. Nucleus Market


Nucleus is another well used marketplace that has been around since late 2014. The site has many users but mixed reviews. In December 2015, many vendors were simply locked out of their accounts, sparking rumors of admins stealing Bitcoin. Nucleus has apparently resolved the issues now.

Nucleus is GONE. They performed and EXIT SCAM and took everyone’s bitcoins with them.

Nucleus Market URLhttp://nucleuspf3izq7o6.onion
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2. Dream Market

Dream Market
Dream Market is a smaller marketplace than say Nucleus or AlphaBay; however, the quality of sellers and their products appears to be quite good. Dream Market has many refugees from the now defunct Agora marketplace. There is a higher commission on sales than other markets, with Dream Market taking 4% overall.

Dream Market URL:   http://4buzlb3uhrjby2sb.onion/?ai=552713
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3. Silk Road 3.0


Silk Road 3.0 has been up and running for a while now. It didn’t take long after silk Road 2.0 was shut down for the next to rise up and take its name. For as long as there are Darknet Markets I think there will always be a Silk Road because of the name. Silk Road 3.0 has been growing in popularity and now has tons of listings. The fact that it is not getting a lot of publicity and not many people are talking abou tit is a good thing.

Silk Road 3.0 Market URL:   http://reloadedudjtjvxr.onion/
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4. Crypto Market

Apparently brought to you by the same team as Silk Road 3.0 – it also shares databases with the site. It is unclear whether the site is a good place to trade or not. The site itself has had significant downtime recently – apparently for upgrades, but who can be sure?

Crypto Market URLhttp://cryptomktgxdn2zd.onion
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5. Outlaw Market

Outlaw Market
Not pulling any punches, Outlaw Market is for outlawed goods. Available since 2013, it is one of the smaller marketplaces around, and has had mixed reviews. There seems to be a bigger community of Dutch users here.

Outlaw Market is now closed. It is suspected that the admins carried out an exit scam. Here’s the story:

Outlaw Market URLhttp://outfor6jwcztwbpd.onion/indxx1.php
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russian anonymous marketplace
Speak Russian? Neither do we! RAMP stands for the Russian Anonymous Marketplace – and as such, is all in Russian. RAMP is the longest running darknet market still alive, founded in late 2012. The marketplace is forum based and apparently contains a lot of light drugs along with a few hard drugs, with dealers from Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine.

This market has been shut down by Russian authorities. Full story here:

RAMP URLhttp://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
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7. Valhalla (Silkkitie)

Valhalla, previously the Finnish marketplace Silkkitie is now available as English language, too. The site operates on an invite only system, which reportedly brings about more safety in trades. The marketplace has a nice layout, too.
To join Valhalla you’ll need an invite to join up though.

Admins appear to be scamming users out of their money. As such, we’re labeling it a dead market. Here’s the backstory:

Valhalla (Silkkitie) URLhttp://silkkitiehdg5mug.onion
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8. Darknet Heroes League

With a name like Darknet Heroes League, you’d expect these guys to be a fantasy league of some sort, but no. The market contains a very small amount of vendors who have apparently been invited to sell on the platform. The site has a clean interface.

Darknet Heroes League URLhttp://darkheroesq46awl.onion
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9. Hansa Market
hansaHansa has only been online a few months, but so far, the reviews look good. Obviously, as it is a new marketplace, their as not as many vendors as others but it is progressively growing. The site proposes to be a more secure marketplace – so that admins cannot run away with the funds. Plus, the interface is very easy to get the hang of.

Hansa Market has been shut down by Dutch authorities. Read the backstory here:

Hansa Market URLhttp://hansamkt3iph6sbb.onion
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Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, check out some of the above marketplaces to find your dream market on the dark web. Each marketplace will have their strengths and weaknesses, and which one you choose is up to you. We recommend reading about marketplace scams that exist before getting involved in buying or selling anything online.

And now good luck, and may you all find your dream market!

Dream Market And The Virtual Currency Bitcoin

A lot of people think that Google and other search engines have the power to index most web pages for a certain search query. However, the truth is that there is a large part of the internet that Google’s crawling spiders cannot access. This untraceable part by crawling spiders is known as the Dark Web. Despite dark web being linked to cyber-criminals, it is also vastly used by people with good intentions such as whistle-blowers, bloggers, bitcoin enthusiasts, and other individuals that prefer to have their online practices done beneath the surface of the internet.

Technically, anything from firearms to illegal drugs can be bought or sold on Bitcoin. Ideally, e-commerce on the dark web is completely dependent on bitcoin. Although a lot of darknet markets such as Dream Market sell illicit drugs, there are those that are fully geared towards marketing their legal products and services.

So, what is Bitcoin?

what is bitcoin
Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that is created electronically. This currency is not controlled by anyone. It is not printed just like euros or dollars. With bitcoin, you can freely buy things online; meaning it is the same thing as buying with other currencies the likes of dollars that are also traded digitally. However, what makes Bitcoin different is the fact that it is decentralized. In fact, there is no institution or body that controls the bitcoin network. Bitcoin was founded by Satoshi Nakamoto, who is a software developer. The idea was to give rise to the independence of the currency, free from central authority, one that would electronically transfer payments almost instantly with low transaction rates.

Here, the virtual currency Bitcoin has been based on mathematics as opposed to other currencies that are presented in the form of silver or gold. Today, so many businesses and individuals are using mathematical formula software programs to produce bitcoins. Some of the key characteristics that set it apart from other currencies include:

  • It is an easy set up – Unlike conventional currencies that are governed by bureaucracy where setting up an account is a tough task; here, setting up an address will only take you a few seconds. Also, you are charged no fees for setting up, and no questions are asked.
  • Anonymity – If you wish, you can hold as many accounts as you want. All the addresses are not linked to any names or personal identity.
  • Decentralization – Here, the network is governed by one central authority. Should any network go offline, the money keeps flowing!
  • Transparency – Every detail that concerns the network on transactions is stored. In fact, if you have any publicly used bitcoin, anyone can tell how many bitcoins the address has.
  • It makes quick transactions – Immediately your bitcoin payment is processed, it is delivered in a matter of minutes anywhere you want.

Dream Market

The dark web is today famous for its online black markets. In these markets, intrepid shoppers are free to use bitcoin alongside other cryptocurrency to buy anything they want. Dream Market is an online black market that offers drugs, drug paraphernalia, digital goods, and even erotica. Before accessing sites such as Dream Market, it is advised to always have a VPN (with good encryption) and be sure to use it with Tor. Using VPN along with Tor will make one’s online activity anonymous.

Although not many dark web users have learned of it, Dream Market remains to be the oldest dark web marketplace. Dream Market was created to support the free market trade around the world. With it operating regardless of jurisdiction, the market no longer follows the local regulations. This means one can very easily get products that are not legalized in their country. It is in a line of escrow markets supporting the Tor network and the Bitcoin currency.

Anyone can browse the Dream Market, but cannot sell or buy without an account. Here, just like in other marketplaces, bitcoin is the leading currency.

Guardian Australia Joins Global Drug Survey

Guardian Australia is partnering with the Global Drug Survey, as part of a global effort to gather information and evidence about drug use, related attitudes and treatment. The partnership seeks to contract thousands of Australians in what is dubbed the most comprehensive study of drug-use habits in the world.

Global Drug Survey
In 2014, more than 4,000 Australians joined hands with more than 100,000 people from different countries to take part in the survey. The survey was founded in 2011, by Adam Winstock – a top consultant addictions psychiatrist.

For the first time ever, the Global Survey is joining hands with Guardian Australia this year. The results of the survey are expected to provide a clear picture of how drugs are being used in Australia and the people that are using them. The results of the survey are also going to be compared with those that are taken in other countries around the world.

Adam, who has previously worked in Australia and the United Kingdom, said the results had given an insight into some of the places where people get their drugs; the drugs that are becoming very popular, the drugs that are commonly linked with emergency medical treatment; and common attitudes towards drug use.

Adam also added that the survey also provided researchers with concrete evidence that could be used against government statements, which could at times skew a drugs-issue scale. He noted that while ice (crystal meth) is still a matter of public health concern and is clogging up emergency resources in Australia, it allows governments to keep on saying, “Here is a huge problem, and we have the ability to make it better.”

Marijuana PlantAdam said, “In short, the only statements you ever come across in the news is that drugs are causing disasters and chaos, and this has therefore become a way of political parties to ‘act’ tough and grandstanding.”

A national ice taskforce was launched in April by the federal government. And, while the use of methamphetamine has remained unchanged at about 2 percent of the population, the survey indicates users are by far favoring ice (the most potent form). Its potency means that users are more likely to harm themselves as well as other people. However, the research indicates that a far bigger proportion of the population has problems with cannabis, alcohol, and prescription medicines.

There are some people who used drugs but never ended up being addicts and others who wanted more info about the drugs they used. Adam noted that hearing from this group was important in understanding the drug interaction among most Australians.

The survey is independent and not in any way funded by the government. It is totally about offering evidence as well as information meant to be of benefit to the public.

The 2015 survey brought to light the number of people buying drugs online via the “darknet” – an online network that requires special software in order to access.

Over 11,750 respondents claimed to have bought drugs online, and 2,938 of those said they did so in the year 2014. The data showed a year-on-year rise, and consumers reported it is a safer and better way to purchase drugs than on the streets.

The darknet isn’t going away soon, and its appeal to Australians is very huge. In fact, most people started purchasing drugs online than ever before in 2014, despite the closure of Silk Road in 2013.

Silk Road was the first major and most popular online drugs website, but was closed down in October 2013 by the FBI. Following its closure, Ross Ulbricht (its creator), was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2015 for his role in the website. The FBI claimed that over 100,000 people had used the website to purchase drugs.

The survey also pointed out the harm brought about by “designer drugs” – synthetic products produced as substitutes to drugs like LSD and cannabis and which aim to emulate their effects.

According to the researchers taking part in the survey, the best argument for Australia drug law reforms may be the existence of synthetic drugs. The survey found that synthetic cannabis products are more likely to cause people to seek emergency medical treatment compared to any other drug. Actually, 65% of those who attempted to stop using drugs reported withdrawal symptoms according to the research.

Abraxas Vanished – Dream Market Rising Up

With the recent vanishing of online marketplace Abraxas in an assumed exit scam from the Dark Web, this leaves room for Dream Market and other online markets to take its place. The Dark Web is full of such marketplaces fighting for control of this giant underground Internet space. Every now and again one marketplace will perform an exit scam. This means that the online store will fold the company, take all the users’ bitcoins and disappear without a trace, leaving its users empty handed.
Abraxas Market-Darknet giant Abraxas has vanished from the dark web, leaving its users baffled by its disappearance. Known to be one of the biggest marketplaces on the dark web, it was thought that perhaps Abraxas could have been the victim of a DDoS attack; a type of cyber hacking that resulted in its demise. It has been known to happen that online marketplaces will schedule such attacks on one another to reduce the competition between them. Indeed, many users are in denial that the seemingly reliable Abraxas could have performed an exit scam. They believe that Abraxas is simply being attacked and does not have the adequate resources to fight back currently, but will be back online soon.
Dream MarketCompetitor Dream Market has been online 2013 and has become very successful in those couple of years. The main success for Dream Market has come fairly recently. It runs in the usual fashion using an escrow system using the online bitcoin currency. A user is able to access the site through Tor (The Onion Router) on the dark web. It has been proven as a secure marketplace that reliably makes deliveries to its customers. Dream Market is the oldest existing darknet marketplace and is therefore the number one candidate for filling the gap that Abraxas has left.

Users are certainly thought to be treating Dream Market as their new alternative darknet marketplace. As it has been online so long, it is deemed as a trustworthy reliable online market and less likely to exit scam than newer marketplaces. The site allows users to either purchase or sell items. Allegedly they primarily deal in drugs and digital accessories. Like many darknet marketplaces, Dream Market does not follow any local restrictions that might exist in a particular country. This means that a user can use the site to order items that are not legally allowed into the country. Ordering such items is a criminal offense and is left to the discretion of the user whether they will attempt to order such products or not.

In order to access Dream Market the user must take many security precautions, including the use of a VPN service to disguise their IP address. A VPN service not only disguises your location but also your identity and hides all your Internet activity from anyone by encrypting all the data. The user must use the Tor browser, which will allow them to access the site anonymously. Users also need to ensure that their addresses are encrypted when they are communicating with vendors in Dream Market.

Becoming a vendor on such a site is a much more arduous affair. Scammers are common, and in order to receive a badge that marks you of trusted status as a seller on Dream Market, a user has to have a lot of positive feedback. This requires the user to have made many successful transactions on Dream Market. This disadvantages new vendors to a heavy extent as they have not yet earned this label of advanced status.

Although the law makes an attempt to monitor the activity of the Dark Web and intervene when possible, their attempts at stopping the online vending of illegal items barely scratches the surface. When they arrested the owner of the Silk Road marketplace, other darknet sites rose up to take its place immediately. In this case Dream Market and other online vendors are stepping into the shoes of Abraxas.

Product Listing Of Dream Market

The oldest existing market on the Dark Web – Dream Market; its longevity gives an impression of reliability so many vendors and buyers place their trust on Dream Market. Navigation is pretty straightforward – there’s a right sidebar showing the number of listings for each category and sub-category. The product and service list is long and we will try to briefly introduce the way they are organized into categories.

1. Digital Goods
Dream Market Website
Digital Goods category is pretty packed and consists of the following subcategories:

•    Data
•    E-books
•    Erotica
•    Fraud
•    Fraud Related
•    Hacking
•    Information
•    Security
•    Software
•    Other

Many of these subcategories overlap, meaning that some hacking tools and how-to’s, fraud, information, security items, etc. may belong to various categories. Currently, there are more than 5850 products and services available in Digital Goods category.

The largest subcategory is Information, which has around 2247 items listed; the majority is listed in yet another subcategory – Guides. There are various guides for stealing information, frauds, stealing accounts in online games, hacking, phishing… you name it. There’s no way of knowing how many of these guides actually work, but you may find it worth a try, since most of them cost barely over $4. However, make sure you realize and remember that all of these are… well, illegal, so there’s a fair risk to be caught if your activities are revealed by the LE.

Another very popular Digital Goods subcategory on Dream Market is Erotica and adult websites content. Apparently you can invest in a lifetime access to premium adult website content for mere $10 or less.

It is even possible to get detailed how-to’s on how to make fake IDs, bank accounts, spread viruses via torrent… the list of these is quite substantial.

2. Drugs
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But, definitely the largest Dream Market selling category is Drugs. In fact, most Online Black Markets exist mainly thanks to drug sales and services. Here you will find literally anything drug-related:

•    Barbiturates
•    Benzos
•    Cannabis
•    Dissociatives
•    Ecstasy
•    Opioids
•    Prescription
•    Psychedelics
•    RCs
•    Steroids
•    Stimulants
•    Weight loss

Cannabis is by far the most popular subcategory on Dream Market. There are 2948 products listed at the time of writing this post. (Just as a comparison, there were 1.8 thousand drug listings on Dream Market in June earlier this year.) You can buy marijuana of various quality and origin; but there is also a huge selection of seeds, hash, concentrates, edibles and synthetics.

The drug world has become very creative these days, and now you can buy something called Cheeba Chews, which is basically a chewing gum that contains a certain amount of THC in it. These come in various flavors, colors and concentrations of THC.

Apart from cannabis, various heavy drugs are also available on Dream Market, ranging from heroin, coke, hallucinogenic mushrooms, crystal meth to anti-depressants, steroid shots and weight loss pills. The list is really long and colorful.

Once again, these substances are not just illegal; they cause serious damage to your health, so be sure to remember this before embarking on this road.

3. Drugs Paraphernalia

This category is especially colorful – you will find here some useful gadgets for storing and smuggling drugs over the borders. So, there are fake soda cans, fake fire lighters, appendages… with hidden compartments; various sniffing kits, pipes and oil vaporizers for enjoying drugs are also available in Drugs Paraphernalia.

4. Services

Another Dream Market category offers a wide selection of illegal services, from hacking, IDs &Passports, Money and others. Many vendors are selling IDs that can pass through various scanners. Counterfeit bank notes, mainly Euros and Dollars, can also be found in this category. The cost of these services varies quite a bit; and even though there is no reliable evidence that these counterfeit bills can actually pass the checking, but judging by the number of listings in this category, apparently many people are ready and willing to invest in services from this category.

5. Other
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Category Other features a selection of counterfeited design clothes, wristwatches, sneakers, shoes, and even cigarettes made in Russia and Ukraine which are much cheaper than those from western countries.

Things you won’t find on Dream Market

Despite the colorful selection of items and services available on Dream Market, some things you won’t be able to find here, such as child pornography. Like any other decent online black market, Dream Marketplace has a strict policy against child pornography, guns and rifles, assassinations, kidnapping and similar.

It seems that things are changing rapidly on the Dark Web. Agora, once the most popular market, is still out of the picture; AlphaBay is reporting of the increase in its numbers (of users and of listings); Abraxas Market did an exit scam on its users. As for the Dream Market – earlier this year, in June to be precise, the total number of listings was 2.5 thousand; now this number pertains only to cannabis listings!

Dream Market: Features

Although Dream Market is the oldest existing dark web marketplace, not all dark web market users have heard of it; which is odd, especially if you consider the reliability of the goods and services that they offer. The key to their success lays perhaps in the customer-oriented service, dual rating system, top security and anonymity for both vendors and buyers, and many other neat features.

The following are just some of the features offered by Dream Market:
1. Using bitcoin transactions to increase anonymity – this is especially useful if you are buying or selling items on the Dark Web. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that’s not easily traceable, unlike regular currencies (hence the appeal!). There’s no way that anyone can trace back to your purchase, especially if you do everything right (look into bitcoin tumbling).

2. Escrow system to prevent fraud – this system has proved quite useful on many dark web markets and is also used on Dream Market. The basic idea is the following: when ordering an item from the marketplace, buyers pay for it, but instead of the bitcoins going directly to the seller, it is held in escrow on the website and waits there until the buyer confirms that he received what he paid for. In case the buyer forgets to confirm, the system will automatically confirm receipt of the item and release the bitcoins after certain amount of time. However, for this particular service, you have to be a trusted and qualified seller. This way, both parties are protected from frauds. (Unless the website performs an exit scam and the admins take to their heels with the escrowed bitcoins.)
3. Dual rating system to increase trust – this feature works similarly as rating on any other eCommerce shop, such as Amazon or eBay. Both, buyer and seller can give each other ratings and reviews.

4. Automatic currency conversion using current exchange rates – buyers and sellers are able to see the current exchange rate for $ USD, € EUR, £ GBP, 元 Chinese Yuan. It is extremely useful because the value of the bitcoin varies from day to day, and this way you can always check.

5. PGP login for extra security – not all dark web markets offer this safety feature. PGP is the new standard of encryption and if you have the option to use it as a login, please do. Also, Dream Market offers automatic encryption of messages, which is probably the reason why Dream Market has survived all this time. Automatic encryption practically means that nobody can read your messages but the person it is intended for.

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6. Chat system for faster instant communication – it is probably the only dark web market that offers live chat which is pretty neat and time-efficient. It also has a built-in messaging system with conversations, making the conversations between buyers and vendors smooth, without the need for any external programs. So, everything is just a click away on the Dream Market and everything is absolutely safe. You only have to be careful and double check every link somebody sends you, because it might be a phishing link. However, this can happen to you anywhere, not just on the Dream Market.

7. Affiliate program to share profits – like any other web-based market, Dream Market offers the affiliate program. Every user can invite a new user through referral links and earn up to 25% from fees and commissions for each registered user that used their referral link.

8. Seller product and order management system – this system offers the ability to start a dispute, whether you’re a customer or a seller. Whenever you encounter a problem with closing the deal and receiving the money or receiving the goods you’ve ordered, you can start a dispute and someone from the staff will look into it.

9. Different shipping prices supported – Dream Market really seems to take care of every single customer because there are different shipping prices for different shipping distances. So, if you wish to save a bitcoin of two, all you have to do is choose to buy from a vendor physically closer to you and he will probably be able to offer you lower shipping prices.

10. Captcha secured registration and login – no bots are able to log into any account, but be careful – the captcha is case sensitive so you won’t be able to log in either if you make a mistake.

11. Support to recover lost password with PIN numbers – if you’ve forgotten or lost your password, it’s still no reason for panic – you will always be able to recover it using your PIN code. However, make sure you don’t forget that as well, for in that case you’ll have a good reason to start panicking.

12. Password update function – this enables you to change your password at any point, especially if you doubt that your account has been hacked. In that case it is certainly advisable to do that before your hacker does it for you and before he helps himself with your bitcoins.

13. phpBB board for member discussions – if you’d like to visit Dream Market’s forum just follow this link http://tmskhzavkycdupbr.onion For what it’s worth, it is quite friendly and pleasant. The staff makes it a point to respond to every question and is always willing to help. Many questions have already been asked so check before starting a thread. Login information is the same as those you use for the Dream Market.

14. Verified import of your Black Market Reloaded reputation – this basically means that if you are selling or buying at any other dark web market, you can opt to import your reputation and scores from there. You will get a badge and ratings as well so it’s clear to everybody that you are a verified user.

Dream Market is currently the only serious competitor of AlphaBay marketplace which still holds the top position among darknet markets with over 200,000 users. It is highly respected on the Dark Web and regarded as a real survivor. Even though there are much less listings on Dream Market as opposed to, say, AlphaBay, its community is pretty strong and loyal and amounts up to 125, 000 of customers.