Darknet Market Shopping?

Good afternoon, readers! I’ve been getting a lot of questions in private messages about buying goods on darknet markets recently, so I thought I’d share some general advice from what I know.

There has been a lot of turmoil in the darknet market world lately, due to the shutdowns of major markets like AlphaBay and Hansa, as well as many arrests. Just so you know, there’s never a guarantee that you won’t get caught.

That aside, first – figure out which markets are reliable, in general.

DeepDotWeb.com has a master list of darknet markets that are, at the very least, not phishing links or scams: Darknet Markets List. This helps you to weed out marketplaces that are phishing links from the very beginning.

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If you aren’t comfortable using their clearnet site, then they have a Tor hidden service as well: http://deepdot35wvmeyd5.onion. Keep in mind, of course, that like lots of other Tor sites, many phishing sites have been made of DeepDotWeb as well (with market phishing sites under the listings)! I find that the site DNStats is pretty helpful this way too; if you don’t want to use their clearnet site, try http://dnstatstzgfcalax.onion (no, that’s not a phishing link!).

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Once you’ve chosen the market that interests you, then make sure you have a good bitcoin wallet, like Electrum Bitcoin Wallet, which, in general, is considered to be one of the most secure.

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Of course, you’ll need to have some bitcoin as well, or Monero, or whatever cryptocurrency your market of choice accepts. Some others are beginning to take Ethereum or Litecoin.

Finally, register for the market that you have in mind. The process is different depending on the market, but in general, you need to come up with a username and password, and sometimes a PIN to withdraw bitcoins. Many of them give you the option to upload your PGP key as well (which I would recommend). You can use your PGP key not only to encrypt messages, but also as a form of two-factor authentication (2FA).

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Once you’ve done all that, then shop around as usual. It can also help to sign up for the market’s official forum, or to use one like DNM Avengers, so that you can get good feedback on which vendors are legit.

One of the trickiest parts of all this can be receiving your goods, so try to ensure that whichever vendor you use is good with “stealth.” Strangely enough, you should probably have the goods delivered to your home address, unless you live with your parents. Or at the very least, have it delivered somewhere that you trust, where the package is less likely to be intercepted. I assume that by doing all this, you know of the potential consequences.

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Some of this, unfortunately, you just have to learn from experience. It seems inevitable that whenever you’re new to something, you’re going to make mistakes.

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Reddit Cracks Down on Dark Web Subreddits

If you read DeepDotWeb or VICE at all, you may have come across the story Reddit Just Banned /R/DarkNetMarkets, or Reddit Bans Subreddits Dedicated to Dark Web Drug Markets and Selling Guns. If so, then you already know what I’m talking about.

In addition to banning that subreddit, it also banned several other related subreddits, such as /r/deepwebexperiences, which, in theory, was a “fiction-based sub.” As on the darknet markets subreddit, their reasoning was that the sub violated their “policy against transactions involving prohibited goods or services.”

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It may have been inevitable that such a thing would happen, given that many darknet markets have seen their demise in recent years (AlphaBay and Hansa Market come to mind).

Of course, I know from experience that this isn’t going to stop the users and vendors from finding a public place to have conversations. Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that many of them migrated to Voat, which uses a very similar format to Reddit (subs, upvotes and downvotes, etc.).

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Look, I’m not saying I necessarily have an opinion one way or the other, but I figure that just because you censor something, that doesn’t mean it will go away. Reddit, however, is a large site with many users, and they may have been put under pressure to ban subreddits like the ones above.

There is a Reddit onion site as well, although I’m sure the same content policies apply on their darknet site. Its URL is http://redditmoongroogs.onion, which, I must say, is an awesome name. I assume this is the real Reddit and not a clone site, though I don’t have definitive proof. (It’s bad to make assumptions with Tor, isn’t it?)

Anyhow, I hope that I won’t get caught up the Reddit anti-dark web shitstorm, but it looks like I’m OK for now.

Unless I start trying to sell Singapore, of course.

 

Site Feature: Dark Clouds/saysamaim

So, a reader contacted me recently and asked if I would check out their site(s), which I did. They have both a clearnet site and a couple of Tor hidden services.

The clearnet site is called saysamaim, and seems to be a sort of tribute to all things “darknet”:

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On the landing page is a sort of “definition” of the darknet:

“Most people like us confused about the term like Dark net or Deep Web[sic]! It is a big part of the internet that can’t be found or indexed by search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. For example, your bank account page is also part of the dark net sites. On the other side anything you can see in the search results, that s [sic] called Surface Web. Darknet sites contain weird URLs and also [sic] known as .onion sites (Hidden services sites) [.] Dark marketplaces sale [sic] all kinds of legal and illicit goods anonymously for other currencies such as Bitcoins. When companies are hacked and their data is stolen, that stolen data [is] often used for sale on the so-called Darknet.”

I’m not certain, but this sounds like something I wrote at one point online; if so, thanks for paraphrasing me! I must make a few corrections, however – your bank account page is in the “deep web,” not the darknet, per se. If a page is indexed by search engines, it’s on the surface web, as the site says. And as I’ve mentioned on this blog before, .onion sites are one example of “dark web” URLs (on Tor, at least).

Here’s one of the next-gen onion URLs, for instance: http://occgshn6gz4je57wyhpijni7waod6yxpxwihjdxjwrnpjtbayliei2id.onion/ It’s a site called Cyberia.

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Anyhow, I don’t fault people for not being native English speakers, but I hate the spread of misinformation about the dark web. Some of this is unintentional, as I believe many of the technical aspects of darknet software can be hard to understand.

On other parts of the site are a “darknet guide,” if you will, a contact form, and a list of hacking tools. In addition, there’s an about page, and copies of 973-eht-namuh-973.com and Joy of Satan, two sites which are often referred to as being part of the “dark web,” but aren’t.

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This same group also runs two Tor hidden services, called Dark Street and Dark CloudNet.

 

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Both of these are forums, more or less. They seem to revolve around the typical kinds of activity you would expect on Tor: carding, drugs, etc. Because I’m new to the forums, I have no idea if any of it is legit or not. Based on my experience with the dark web over the past two years, I tend to approach these kinds of things with a healthy degree of skepticism.

That’s not to say that the forums don’t look cool; I thought the format worked very well. Whoever programmed them used MyBB software, which is pretty tried-and-true for that purpose, as you may know.

One thing that’s intriguing about Dark Street is that certain sections are “locked,” i.e. you need a password to access them. See if you can figure out what that is!

In any case, the forums are rather similar to other carding/hacking forums I’ve seen, but they could use some more traffic. Want to check them out, readers? Click the links.

They’re real…I promise.

 

 

 

Shout Out to Italian Deep Web!

Earlier today, I was looking at my “stats,” and I happened to notice that I was getting some visitors from the site http://kbyz2vu3fnv2di7l.onion, a.k.a. Italian Deep Web.italian_onion.png

Now, I don’t know what the post was in regard to, but I just wanted to say, “Thanks for stopping by, guys!” I hope that you weren’t visiting for any negative reasons I should be concerned about; I have nothing against your site.

For those who don’t know about the site, it’s both a marketplace and forum hosted on Tor, but designed for Italian speakers.

As to why they mentioned this blog, I’m not sure, but I may have referenced them in a previous post (I’ve done several about darknet markets, after all). Maybe I’ll just have to stop by there in person and “introduce” myself.

Anyway, thanks for coming by and reading the blog, fellas.

What are Some AlphaBay Alternatives?

For those of you who were regular customers on AlphaBay Market, if everything is as it appears, AlphaBay is indeed gone for good.

So, if you’re curious as to where to turn next, there are some great articles (and other sites) you can look to for alternatives.

DeepDotWeb, which is one of my favorite news outlets for the dark web, featured an article today entitled Alphabay Death: Wondering which market is headed to the top? Here is some insider info!

The author gathered data from the site’s “Dark Net Markets Comparison Chart”, which, in real time, lists the up/down statuses of all the major markets:

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Besides just listing their online statuses, the chart also has the URLs of each market, whether or not they allow open registration, whether or not they allow multisig, and other factors, such as whether or not they have 2FA (two-factor authentication).

DeepDotWeb also predicted, via some analytics, which market may be the next big one – and the answer may surprise you. Based on their table, it appears to be RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace)!

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While RAMP is not an English-language marketplace (and doesn’t have that option), they do have an excellent reputation, and some anti-scam methods in place. Good work, RAMP!!

If you want an alternative site to use as a comparison, I’ve mentioned DNStats in an earlier post. Like DeepDotWeb’s chart, they list the online statuses of the major markets, as well as some vendor shops (independent shops set up by successful vendors) and forums.

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Just bear in mind – any business you do on the dark web carries a risk factor, so protect your identity, and keep yourself informed! Happy tripping.

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What’s the State of AlphaBay Market?

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Update: AlphaBay has definitely exit scammed and is gone for good. Please don’t get your hopes up about it coming back.

If you’re interested in darknet markets and have seen the news lately, you probably know that AlphaBay, which up until now has been one of the most successful markets, is down (and has been since July 4th).

(NOTE: If you’re curious to see some sites you can use in place of it, check DNStats, or its Tor hidden service, http://dnstatstzgfcalax.onion.)

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Numerous media outlets have already covered this story, including the New York Times, The Verge, and Gizmodo. If you haven’t heard about this, here are a few links to catch you up:

AlphaBay, Biggest Online Drug Bazaar, Goes Dark – The New York Times

A Dark Web marketplace is down and users suspect foul play – The Verge

World’s largest online illegal drug marketplace goes dark – Axios

While many of these stories are written by mainstream media outlets and are geared toward the layperson, it’s interesting to think about it from the point-of-view of someone who spends a lot of time on the dark web (or someone who’s bought and/or sold goods on the market, for that matter).

The subreddit /r/DarkNetMarkets, which is your guide to all things darknet market-related, has a bit more inside info, although even those involved with the market aren’t necessarily sure what happened.

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Though he did not give proof, one of the vendors on this subreddit speculated that the market’s downtime might be due to a hardware seizure in Quebec of dark web site owners: Vente dans le «Dark Web»: la police procède à deux perquisitions (As you can see, the article is in French, but you can loosely translate.)

In English, the article says that “…the RCMP’s integrated technology crime group conducted two searches in connection with a global network of illicit drug sales in the Dark Web [sic].” At least that’s the Google translation – no, I don’t speak French.

This points to a couple of possibilities: either the FBI seized one of AlphaBay’s servers (and all the data that would be included, such as hashed passwords, vendor information, private messages, etc.); or that the admins of the site closed it down in anticipation of a raid. Even if it’s the former, I doubt they were able to confiscate everything.

Again, however, just like those in the conversation over on Reddit, I’m just hypothesizing, so don’t take what I’m saying here as gospel. I’m not a member of LE (I swear!), nor do I want to be. Even if the feds did seize evidence from AlphaBay, I hope that it will be up and running again.

If that’s not the case, then I suppose you’ll have to take your business elsewhere.

In the meantime, I’ll be keeping an eye on the developments.

Stay trippy, my friends!

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Dark Web Links of the Day Pt. 1

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by Ciphas

I’ve been receiving comments on my profile asking if I could post some links, so I’m more than happy to oblige. One thing I should remind my readers about, though – Tor and its darknet brethren are rife with scams. So if anything sounds too good to be true (triple your bitcoin in 2 seconds!!), then it probably is.

TorBay (forum) https://2or24opd2hkebadv.onion

Digital Gangster https://2fwqhlzx5dxiyggr.onion

IDC – Italian Darknet Community https://2qrdpvonwwqnic7j.onion/

Walmart Stuff https://42bu3fd5gaxu3xbn.onion

TorRoulette https://4mxhmvyfba2ji7lb.onion

W38M411 https://23tjl3xpt5btiqms.onion

GRAVES DESIGN https://362jdnvs4w5itsql.onion