First time on the Deep Web? Seasoned professional? Oh, so many possibilities, so many marketplaces to visit, items to browse and purchase… But whom to trust in this vast sea of fraudsters? And how to make an educated decision?
The issue of whether Nucleus Market has the makings of an exit scam has been the point of debate on forums based on darknet markets. The fact that the market has experienced several outages that are blamed on hackers’ activities is a point of concern. Nucleus Market recently came back online on December 17, 2015 after what they call server maintenance.
It seems as though this is the season for darknet markets to exit. In the past, the darknet markets used to wait till they reached either a certain size or amassed a certain amount of cryptocurrency Bitcoins. Then they would pull the plug and disappear with users’ money. In the recent times, darknet markets have been scamming users soon after they make the first deposit or after managing to create a little bit of popularity.
Trading has been suspended on the Nucleus Market, with the .onion website now out of operation for a little over a week.
Law enforcement officials from Australia, Europe and US met last month in Netherlands to plan a global crackdown on darknet markets that deal in illicit goods, from drugs to child pornography. This two day conference held in Hague aimed at organizing an international action against this illicit trade. Man with a LaptopThe project named ITOM (Illegal Trade in Online Marketplaces) started two years ago with the support of Europol, which is Europe’s police organization and Eurojust, which is the EU’s judicial agency.
The rise of fake pharmaceutical drugs around the world is alarming and is a great danger especially to those who consume these drugs. Due to this, pharmaceutical companies are trying to do their best to ensure people do not use these fake drugs which could harm their health further.
A junior Air-Force Academy cadet in Colorado Springs (Nathaniel Penalosa) has been indicted for 10 drug-related crimes, including the manufacturing, distribution and use of...
Facebook is undoubtedly the biggest social media platform today, making it among other things, a target for hackers on darknet markets. Stolen data are a popular buy on various darknet markets for criminals looking for new identities to hide their clear web activities.
Anybody can buy a product listed on the darknet marketplace. This is despite that a majority of the products listed in these online black...
Monica Barratt and Judith Aldridge are the two proficient researchers who are responsible for the insightful publication on darknet markets.Academically termed “cryptomarkets,” these anonymous...
Two Irishmen, a bitcoin trader and a film technician, have pleaded guilty for darknet markets related drug charges. The pair had been selling drugs on the darknet markets, Silk Road and Agora and was in possession of €143,000 worth of illegal drugs at a raid conducted by the gardai (the police force of Ireland) in south Dublin in October 2014.
The DarkNet Markets Avengers that started as a subreddit has recently moved to an .onion forum. DarkNet Markets Avengers is a forum that is dedicated...
Now a new trend has been catching up rapidly. Firearms and ammunition are increasingly being smuggled into the UK through unsuspicious parcel delivery and courier services, according to police report.
Darknet markets are the tech-savvy drug dealers’ perfect environment for doing business in. The online marketplaces akin to an eBay for illegal products, accessible only via Tor and trading using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, provide a shield protecting them from relative traceability.
A recent study by National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) revealed that darknet markets are starting to use traditional organized gangland crimes in...
The xDedic marketplace now has over 85,000 hacked RDP servers listed for sale or purchase for an average price of $6.
OpenBazaar CEO Brian Hoffman recently revealed that the upcoming version of the open source project would be able to connect through Tor network. This came after one of their back-end developers, Chris Pacia, successfully upgraded the OpenBazaar protocol on a pre-release update.
While users are still reeling over the possible recent exit scam performed by the Oasis Market, Monero appears to be the biggest loser as it has lost not only its chance at setting a strong foothold in the world of darknet markets, but also any traction it had gained.
Five months after the Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht’s defense team launched an appeal for conducting a new trial, the prosecution has refuted each of their arguments in an attempt to seal off his fate, according to report.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation closed down Silk Road, one of the first among darknet markets, in 2013 and people thought that it marked the end of sale of illegal products through the Internet. Contrary to their expectations, the vacuum created by the closure of Silk Road has been filled up more than 50 darknet markets over the last couple of years.
The defunct xDedic marketplace has resurfaced on a Tor domain. However, this time round, there is a USD 50 enrollment fee. Their original domain had disappeared last month after a Kaspersky security report was published.
David Trail, a Scot, recently pleaded guilty at the Sheriff Court in Edinburgh to have supplied Diazepam as well as having hacked credit card...
Hacked Xfinity account details are being sold on darknet markets for as little as $5 worth of bitcoin.
There are some techniques law enforcers use to infiltrate darknet markets.Though the most concealed networks can’t be unearthed with a basic Google search, there...
The Dark Web has long been involved in illicit trade: drugs, fake documents, stolen credit cards -- anything that one can’t legally purchase from...
When the most recent photos released by drug vendors from darknet markets captured the eye of the public, many were certain that there would be repercussions for the seemingly careless acts of defiance disguised as product advertising.
TheRealDeal Market is a dark web marketplace, and it specializes in computer exploits and selling stolen data. The online black market became famous for wrong reasons this year following its involvement in the sale of data from a number of massive data breaches, which includes data from Myspace and LinkedIn.
According to reports, Tomáš Jiřikovský purported to be the owner of Sheep Marketplace, faces additional charges related to stealing bitcoins worth millions of dollars from the users of the site. When he was arrested in March last year, law enforcement officials were planning to charge him for dealing in drugs.
In June 2016, a security alert was issued by the uTorrent team in which they strongly advised the members of the forum to practice good personal security practices and modify their passwords following a breach of their database.
Former federal agents Shaun W. Bridges and Carl M. Force got charged with fraud, money laundering and a few more related offenses after it was discovered that they stole bitcoins when investigating events at the underground black market called Silk Road.
Earlier last month, Brian Farrell admitted in a Washington District Court to being DoctorClu, a key player in the darknet site Silk Road 2.0. The original Silk Road was closed by the FBI in the year 2013.
Bug bounty programs have been around for years.Government institutions, multibillion-dollar companies and some of the most reputable agencies have hired hackers to test their...
AlphaBay Market has been experiencing loading problems that have made some people become wary; product listings are not loading, according to some users.
For many average internet users, the nuances of darknet markets make it difficult to fully embrace them, and there are occasional reports of exit scams where the dark web clients are the losing party.
The dark web-based Outlaw Market recently went offline and never recovered. The admins attribute this to hackers, but many users believe it to be an exit scam.
Modern art these days comes in a wide variety of forms, each one more and more unlikely, yet a group of artists in Switzerland...
Germany has witnessed firsthand the repercussions of having an uncensored weapons market and now the federal police are vigilant as ever in the fight against criminals from various darknet markets.
The U.S. Marshals Service held the fourth and final auction of the confiscated bitcoins from the Silk Road investigation.The government service has auctioned the...
The Silk Road case has reached a turning point after the defense attorneys for Ross Ulbricht claimed that they have substantial evidence incriminating a third rogue cop involved in the operations of the now defunct darknet market.
The last week brought confirmation that the Agora online marketplace’s recent downtime has been due to a DDoS attack.It joins the long list of...
The court convicted Ross Ulbricht for creating and running Silk Road - a dark web market site. The court subsequently handed him a life sentence without parole. The defense team for Ulbricht has filed a reply brief in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals demanding that Ulbricht should be granted a new trial in a different district judge.
It’s a human right to be able to use psychedelic drugs. These are the words of a respected lawyer and a top lecturer at a...
Tristan Simpson Brennand was first arrested last December after police in Washington intercepted several packages containing MDMA and Xanax, which were later traced to him. After being released on bond for the better part of two years, he was imprisoned once more and this time, sentenced to serve four years in prison for trafficking and distribution of illicit drugs.
The US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) has been working towards establishing a dominant presence in the war against cybercrime on darknet markets.
Recently, Monero Market went offline. The Monero Market is a dark net marketplace where transactions are conducted exclusively through Monero (XMR). Fortunately, Monero Market is set to return in January, 2017 according to its representatives. Monero is an open source crypto currency that was officially unveiled on 18 April 2014 as BitMonero.
The Ireland High Court will rule in February, 2016 on the United States extradition request of Gary Davis, a Co Wicklow man whom it claims was a moderator of the Silk Road marketplace which dealt in illegal drugs. It’s alleged as part of his responsibility, Mr. Gary used to deal with questions from the website’s users, and he re-organized stuff that could be bought on the site into different categories.
Hansa Market has reopened its registration process after technical difficulties related to the influx of new customers from AlphaBay.
The Sanctuary Market was attacked by an underground hacker nicknamed “Cipher0007,” who utilized a SQL injection flaw to compromise the site’s database.
The cliché used to be “thieves maintain honesty among themselves.” However, this may not always prove to be true today.The hot news going around...
History is replete with examples of how government agencies and people involved in criminal activities keep playing cat and mouse games.With a lot of...
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