A few darknet markets, including some of the bigger ones, have recently experienced sporadic DDoS issues.
According to verified sources, Dream Market is one of the sites affected and has been unreachable by its original URL.
However, ever since the marketplace has been DDoS’d, a few look-alike websites have appeared on the dark web. These are phishing sites, and they’re often quite difficult to identify.
With the alteration of just a few characters in the URL, these sites are practically duplicates of the original market.
These phishing sites are created by hackers and are intended for gathering users’ login credentials. Their ultimate goal is stealing Dream Market users’ funds through breaching their account.
As a result of this occurrence, numerous forum users convened to determine the reason behind these occurrences.
Apart from previous events where marketplaces fell as a result of hackers, authority seizures or exit scams, the recent issues with Dream Market are the result of a DDoS attack.
What Is a DDoS Attack?
DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) is a cyberattack operated by black hat hackers in which they use the vulnerabilities in the DNS (Domain Name System) in order to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server—in this case, Dream Market.
DDoS attacks targeting darknet markets are a common occurrence these days.
These type of attacks can hardly ever be predicted, so naturally, all of the users have their cryptocurrencies stored on the platforms of Dream Market without suspecting that something like this might occur.
However, once the market has been affected, all of the stakeholders—vendors, admins, and customers—become a subject to the attack.
Since there is no way to prevent this from happening, and there is a high possibility for the market to never recover from such a downfall; it is very important to understand this risk before entering any darknet market.
Once a DDoS attack was realized, there is not much to be done except to wait it out.
A Possible Solution to the Problem
In this case, the admins bear the greatest responsibility.
As the best case scenario, admins would have the tools in place, ready to detect a DDoS attack and simultaneously weaken it.
Moreover, they have a possibility of using a CDN (Content Delivery Network) or products intended for detecting an attack, and tracking the IP address behind the attack.
The problem with all of the above mentioned prevention options is their high cost. So, unfortunately, very few websites provide this protection, for both their users and themselves.
However, you still have options.
If the market is being DDoS’d, you can visit Deepwebnetwork.com and click on the big button called “Mirrors” in the navbar. Once you are there, click on any link and wait until it works.
The average time for this should be around two minutes. However, if this does not work, try again in 15 minutes. Usually, two or three mirrors work.
You can also get mirrors from Reddit.com/r/DreamInfo.
Check out our comprehensive guide to Dream Market for information on how to use the site.