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

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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.

The Dangers In The Dark Web

In its annual research report published last month, Flashpoint, a global leader in Deep and Dark Web intelligence, pointed out the increasing complexities of the illicit communities as well as how cybercrime became more industrialized in the darknet markets in the year that just passed. The report details the top high-risk threats for organizations and their assets and is based on the growing cybercrime trends in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The CEO of Flashpoint, Josh Lefkowitz, touched upon the maturing of the French and Chinese illicit communities in the darknet markets. The company believes that operational and strategic intelligence gained from the darknet markets will help to reduce the costs of the fraud or data loss that may occur, reduce the damage of reputation and also provide an insight into the working of the criminal activities that would affect an organization, its employees, clients and partners.

Darknet Markets – Top Threats They Pose

The range of criminal activities that take place in the darknet markets includes theft of intellectual property, financial fraud, hacking, and terrorism. Intelligence and timely information about such activities will help organizations to be prepared before they are planned and executed. Corporate companies need to be well informed about these darknet markets and criminal innovations to combat and overcome any potential threats. The Flashpoint report serves to monitor such activities of the darknet markets that are almost invisible to the others. The following top threats have been identified by Flashpoint in the year 2015:

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Threat #1: Free entry for any cybercriminal

Anyone can choose to enter the darknet markets as a cybercriminal. There is no bar and this has been made largely possible with the expanding malware toolsets now available for the newbie.

Threat #2: Drugs are available in plenty

It is estimated that over 50 percent of the darknet markets that function using Tor offer narcotics for sale. These are easily accessible and are sure to incite interest among the ones that are ready to enter the world of drugs and cybercrime.

Threat #3: No legislature in place for use of hidden services

There is no clear legislation in place as regards the use and governance of hidden service. As long as this does not change, cybercriminals will effectively use Tor and other hidden services for conduct of criminal and illicit activities.

Threat #4: Cybercrime – Claim to fame

Though it is a fact that the financially and politically motivated are still a threat to a system (governments, organizations and individuals) that is against their agenda, it has been pointed out in the report that the more dangerous among all of these are cybercriminals motivated by chaos and fame. Their actions are more challenging and they are harder to control.

Threat #5: Seamless terrorism and cybercrime

The spread of cybercrime is inevitable and is, of course, hastened by the facilities provided by hidden services. The year 2015 saw the globalization of crime. With Chinese cybercriminals taking business to Russian forums, it is evident that cybercrime has matured, is internationalized and is growing at an alarming rate. Jihadists have managed to make the most out of what the darknet markets have to offer, thanks to their new crop of young and tech savvy recruits. They have offered greater support to ISIS and extended the global reach of the terrorist group.

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About Flashpoint

Flashpoint provides relevant tools, reports, studies and data about the Deep and Dark Web. These are aimed at providing access to organizational, tactical and strategic intelligence to experts. The data is curated by subject-matter experts and presented using a state-of-the art platform. Flashpoint’s products are designed to throw light on the actors, their behaviors and relationships that exist in the deep and dark web. Many organizations have come to realize the potential of this intelligence report and the value of staying ahead of emerging cyber threats. Many government departments and Fortune 500 companies use Flashpoint data, tools and reports to reduce the costs of financial fraud, data loss and reputational damage that are caused to them. Flashpoint is backed by companies such as Bloomberg Beta, Greycroft Partners, Cisco Investments, TechOperators, and K2 Intelligence.

“Underground Economy Forums” Seized By European Authorities

Ever since the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, the creator as well as operator of the illegal darknet market Silk Road, and the subsequent shutdown of the website, the anonymity provided by the Tor network to darknet markets has been the subject of many discussions and debates. A lot has also been discussed about how dark web users do not get the anonymity they want. This has been made clear once again by the law enforcement authorities in the wake of a recent international investigation by European authorities that helped to pull down five darknet markets. These online black marketplaces have been purportedly referred to by the law enforcement agencies as “Underground Economy Forums.”

Underground Economy Forums

Investigation and Arrests in the Darknet Markets

The Underground Economy Forums constitute darknet markets or online black markets that sell or conduct transactions involving drugs, dangerous weapons, stolen credit card details, and fake identifications, among many others. Other websites related to the cyber world include illegal streaming, malware, and DDoS attacks. The recent investigations targeted operators of such services. During the investigations, it was also found out by the authorities that these darknet markets made use of bitcoins for executing their transactions.

Together with different arms of law enforcement agencies at international levels, the Center of Cybercrime Control and the Frankfurt Prosecutor General’s Office conducted raids on five operators of the Underground Economy websites. It is suspected that a 27-year-old Bosnian is the main operator of as many as three of these websites. He is believed to have been operating the sites since the year 2012. In addition to this, two Germans have also been arrested in this connection. The Germans aged 22 and 27 were also caught, and one is suspected to have been playing in the darknet markets for three years. The searches yielded 250,000 euros worth of drugs. A Syrian national has also been arrested on charges of synthesizing the amphetamines range of drugs. Further, several other searches resulted in the apprehension of three more German nationals, one of whom was arrested in Netherlands. Of these, a 21-year-old has been accused of running an illegal data streaming platform. The German arrested in Netherlands has been charged with dealing dangerous drugs such as amphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy through the online platforms.

In the wake of these investigations and arrests, the law enforcement agencies have been sending firm messages to young Internet users that it is easy for them to track down darknet markets and their perpetrators and prosecute them as per the existing laws. This is being done with the hope of keeping the youngsters away from their possible tryst with these darknet markets.

However, others see the shutdown of the Silk Road as responsible for facilitating the evolution of other darknet markets. Even when Silk Road is no longer present, other online black markets have sprung up in its place and continued to sell things that were banned in Silk Road. This includes guns as well as stolen data. Traders sell zero-day exploits to those who are ready to pay exorbitant amounts of money for them. These anonymous marketplaces continue to hog the limelight and are at the center of many controversies and investigations.

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According to Giulio Prisco of CCN.LA, legal crackdown on the darknet markets is not the ultimate solution. This action would only push the activity into deeper morass and into the hands of other criminals. The shutdown of the more-principled operators may throw the doors open to the less-principled ones who would know only too well how to trick the law. Moreover, the darknet markets would become more open to selling even more dangerous things than just drugs.

In this context it is interesting to note that the dark web has also allowed a host of useful applications to thrive on the dark web that the IETF and IANA assigned a formal .onion domain last year.

New UK Drug Law To Ban Smart Drugs

Smart Drugs are drugs or supplements that are used to improve a person’s mental capacity and function. Also referred to as nootropics, they are said to improve memory, mental cognition, increase focus and improve concentration. However, there is no scientific consensus as to the effectiveness or side effects of smart drugs because of lack of long term data.

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Currently in the UK, there is a battle brewing between British transhumanists and the law makers. It has been legal to sell, possess and use many of these smart drugs. The transhumanists in the UK are up in arms because a new UK drug law will automatically affect most nootropics when put into effect in April. This is not surprising since most users of smart drugs are transhumanists and college students. The Psychoactive Substance Act passed in January this year seeks to curb the use of unregulated legal substances that supposedly affect people’s mental states.

In an online petition, they have appealed to the government to exempt nootropics from the ban. To many this comes down as mainly a classification conundrum. There are many smart drugs out there like Modafinil that is considered safe by Food and Drug Administration all over the world. It can therefore be argued that enhancing your cognitive abilities and recreational use of psychoactive substances are two different things.

In a separate statement by the Transhumanist Party UK, they argued that by enforcing this prohibition the government will cause a significant reduction in the life quality of persons employing smart drugs. They also voiced their concerns that such a ban will be detrimental to the productivity and creativity of the country as a whole. Adding to that, a much similar a ban was attempted in the United States with vitamins with unforeseen detrimental effects.

Studies on smart drugs currently are not of much help. Some show that in healthy users the drug proves beneficial to mental faculties. While others reveal that they can eventually cause lack of motivation in constant users. However, such drugs are not available on prescription since they are not a treatment for any medical condition. The new law aims to tackle this issue because most users get their doses from overseas markets. This is not openly prohibited or regulated therefore many users may end up with doctored substances in the name of smart drugs.

Transhumanists also say that the ban will not reduce its usage in the UK. There has been a significant increase in sales from sites that deal with smart drugs. This trend shows that smart drug users are obviously stockpiling before the law takes effect. With this observation, they have pointed out that the ban will lead to people purchasing the drugs from darknet markets.

Darknet markets or cryptomarkets are commercial websites on the dark web that deal in licit and illicit products and services. It is only logical that since smart drug usage is not going to reduce, the immediate avenue of choice will be darknet markets.

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Time and again it has proven nearly impossible to regulate the internet. As with most products purchased through darknet sites, the user can never know whether what they are consuming is genuine or even the actual ordered product. As such, the lobbyists against the law claim that more harmful substances may be available in the market as replacements and substitutes for smart drugs in the UK.

Since consumers always find new ways of getting their doses, the fretting from the British transhumanists should not be taken lightly. The laws while a step in the right direction, are too vague and will encounter difficulties in enforcement. Furthermore, shady people will always use legal loopholes to get the smart drugs to their customers.

This will eventually lead to users being at a disadvantage because now they will be dosing on potentially dangerous substances while at the same time being liable to legal prosecution. Work is now cut out to the transhumanists to prove that using smart drugs for mental enhancement is a beneficial viable activity. This is no short term endeavor and in the meantime the law looks set to being in effect come April.

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.

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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.

Evolution

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.

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?

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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

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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 URLhttp://alphabaywyjrktqn.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/alphabay/
User Guide: http://alphabaymarket.com/alphabay-market-guide/

 

2. Nucleus Market

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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
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/nucleus-market/
User Guide: http://nucleusmarket.org/

 

2. Dream Market

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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://ltxocqh4nvwkofil.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dream-market-guide
User Guide: https://dreammarketdrugs.com/guide-on-how-to-access-the-dream-market-url/

 

3. Silk Road 3.0

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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/
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/silk-road-3/
User Guide: http://silkroaddrugs.org/guide-on-how-to-access-the-silk-road-3-0

 

4. Crypto Market

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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
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/crypto-market/
User Guidehttp://silkroaddrugs.org/crypto-market-guide/

 

 

 

 

5. Outlaw Market

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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 URLhttp://outfor6jwcztwbpd.onion/indxx1.php
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/outlaw-market/

 

6. RAMP

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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.

RAMP URLhttp://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

7. Valhalla (Silkkitie)

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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.

Valhalla (Silkkitie) URLhttp://silkkitiehdg5mug.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

8. Darknet Heroes League

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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
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

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 URLhttp://hansamkt3iph6sbb.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

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!

The Deep Web, Dark Web, And The Darknet Marketplaces

There’s been a lot of confusion in the media about two similar terms – Dark Web and Deep Web. What journalists usually refer to as the Deep Web is basically the opposite of it, the Dark Web and vice versa. Dark Web usually has a negative connotation due to a number of Darknet Markets that occupy a significant part of the Internet.

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But, before we dive into semantic of the terms in question, namely Deep Web, Dark Web, and Darknet Markets, allow us to bring in yet another one – Surface Web (believe it or not, we’re introducing this new term to try and unscramble all the others).

Surface Web represents everything that can be indexed and accessed by standard search engines, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. Because the data are so readily accessible, this layer is considered to be the surface of a huge ocean of information, ocean we like to call – the Internet.

On the other hand, beneath that surface, there is a vast ocean of non-indexed data – hence the term Deep Web. So, a very simplified view is that Deep Web represents everything that cannot be indexed by search engines.

Namely, in order to index pages and websites, search engines only use links. Everything beyond that is considered Deep Web. However, certain parts of websites can be accessed only by using search boxes which is the case with universities’ and government’s websites and these are also in the Deep Web realm!

The term was coined by Mike Bergman, a computer scientist, back in 2000 and has been used ever since.

Dark Web

Finally, the most notorious of the terms, Dark Web. According to Brightplanet, Dark Web is considered just a small part of Deep Web. It’s been deliberately hidden and can be accessed only by using special web browsers, such as Tor browser. It is the place where all the nasty takes place, booooo!

As mentioned so many times, a way to access Dark Web is through Tor Network, which has its own, specialized browser simply called Tor Browser. Tor renders its users, both website owners and visitors, with high degree of anonymity; their IP addresses are hidden and encrypted inside a multilayer router network and it is almost impossible to track anyone down by using the conventional methods.

However, not all Darknet Markets are located on Tor Network; for example, Silk Road Reloaded uses I2P, an alternative to Tor network. I2P stands for the Invisible Internet Project, and the cryptocurrencies that support I2P at the moment are, surprisingly not bitcoin, but Anoncoin and Monero.

Despite its notorious reputation, Dark Web offers a number of good things to its users. Lots of bloggers and journalists, for example, use it for communication with whistleblowers and trusted sources who often come from the countries with very limited freedom of speech.

Darknet Markets

Emerging of the Dark Web has opened possibilities for new, internet-based businesses. And as it often happens, people will always find a way to misuse something good; the Dark Web is not an exception to the rule. It’s full of illegal markets, where you can buy drugs, weapons, child pornography, counterfeit IDs and all sorts of illegal services like hacking, and even order a murder.

Goods and services on the Darknet Markets can be purchased with bitcoins, which is the first and the most widely used cryptocurrency. The same way you can’t be traced while browsing the Dark Web, you also cannot be traced while making transactions using bitcoins. The only trouble with bitcoin is its instable exchange rate – one day it can be worth more than $1,000, and the other its value can dramatically drop to $200. Currently, one bitcoin is valued nearly $400.

History of Darknet Markets

The Deep WebThe first and the most celebrated market was definitely Silk Road. It was founded by a 31-year-old libertarian, Ross Ulbricht. Launched in January 2011, its development had begun six months earlier. The idea behind the Silk Road project was allegedly to clean up the streets from crime by transferring drug dealers from dark alleys to Darknet Markets, thus creating a safer environment for vendors and users. This obviously sounded like a great and well-intended idea in Ulbricht’s mind and perhaps he really believed he was doing something for the good of the world; however, the judge who ultimately sentenced him to 2 life sentences didn’t seem to share his enthusiasm.

Ulbricht was arrested in October 2013 by the FBI who caught him red-handed while he was logged in on Silk Road admin page. It is estimated that the total revenue generated from the sales on the Silk Road was around 9,519,664 bitcoins (roughly $3.6 billion at the current bitcoin exchange rate). Ross Ulbricht, the pioneer of the Darknet Markets, is considered the most responsible for making Deep Web and Dark Web subjects of the mainstream media.

After the fall of Silk Road, many new Darknet Markets tried to find their place under the sun; Silk Road 2.0 among others. It looked more or less the same as its older brother and even employed the original staff members of the previous Silk Road. However, Silk Road 2.0, together with 26 other Darknet Markets, was seized by the Law Enforcements in the Operation Onymous in 2014.

As expected and despite this massive arrest operation, new Darknet Markets continue to emerge. Some of today’s best known Darknet Markets are definitely AlphaBay and Dream Market (Darknet Markets Agora and Abraxas being out of the game). Agora was one of the most respected Darknet Markets, but they retreated allegedly due to some security glitches in the Tor Network. AlphaBay has recently announced that they have the largest community on the Dark Web, while Dream Market being founded in 2013 is considered the oldest existing market on the Dark Web. Many Darknet Markets have performed exit scams taking for themselves the bitcoins trapped in escrows, while others continue to work diligently on securing the community’s trust.

All of them still use escrow and review systems developed by Ross Ulbricht; and while some Darknet Markets are successful in that, many have failed – they have been either seized by the FBI or taken down by competition.