It has been just over 6 months since the original Silk Road was shut down and the FBI arrested the alleged administrator of the site, Ross Ulbricht.
The feds probably thought that by eliminating Silk Road, they would be putting a damper on the whole deep web market trade.
This could not be further from the truth! Since the demise of Silk Road, there has been a free-for-all on the dark web with dozens of hidden market places popping up.
A recent study conducted by the Digital Citizens Alliance (an Internet commerce watchdog), states that there are more listings today on Silk Road 2.0 than there were on the original.
The study can be seen here.
“What we see on Silk Road today is more drugs, increasing vendors, and an even greater commitment by this community to keeping their ‘movement’ alive,” said Digital Citizens’ Garth Bruen.
The study counted 13,648 drug listings available on Silk Road 2.0.
That is slightly higher than the 13,000 that were listed on the original Silk Road shortly before the FBI shut it down in October last year.
Just before Silk Road was shut down there were only 3 hidden markets operating (Silk Road, BMR & Sheep) which collectively had just over 18,000 listings.
Now there are over 35 active marketplaces on the deep web.
The report only takes into consideration 5 of the main markets, Silk Road 2.0, Agora, Pandora, Evolution and BlueSky and 6 other smaller ones.
Which altogether have a jaw-dropping 41,000 listings.
See The Listing Stats Below
The closure of the original Silk Road has not only opened the market up and given users the opportunity to use an array of different marketplaces, but it has also given the deep web media exposure which is bringing in a wave of new buyers and vendors.
Despite the constant scams and hacks across several active and defunct markets, people are still using them.
This data really tells us that dark net markets are not only here to stay, but they are only going to get bigger!
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