A sampling of the goods.
The Silk Road, Silk Road 2.0, AlphaBay, and Hansa: These are the dark-web marketplaces shuttered by law enforcement, leaving online buyers and sellers of drugs, weapons, and who knows what else scrambling to find the next online bazaar for their illicit wares.
They found it in Dream Market, but as the last big dark market standing picks up steam, users are flocking to Reddit to warn that it too is already compromised.
Dream Market, like the Silk Road before it, puts together buyers and sellers and takes a cut of the transactions. People looking to buy, say, 28 grams of cocaine (currently selling for .735 Bitcoin) can access the site via Tor and find a vendor offering that very thing. Vendors receive reviews, like on Amazon, and that system of checks keeps the site mostly running smoothly.
They certainly do, they have a reputation system to deal with. Only way they can beat competitors is by brand and rep. Otherwise they lose
the grugq (@thegrugq) July 20, 2017
Until the Fourth of July weekend, AlphaBay was the main dark-web destination. But then the site mysteriously went offline on July 5, and the alleged founder was discovered dead in a jail cell in Thailand. It was announced shortly thereafter that an international law enforcement operation brought AlphaBay down. Hansa went offline next, with the Dutch police seizing the site and claiming that they had been in control of it for some time all the while collecting information and building criminal cases against vendors.
Amidst the chaos, Dream Market chugged along. But the nature of Hansa’s takedown with law enforcement secretly running it has users panicked that a similar bust is about to take place at Dream.
“Dream Market will be taken down by the FEDS by August 20 (insider government employee),” wrote one redditor. “GET YOUR BITCOINS OUT FAST.”
To add fuel to the paranoid fire, the same redditor that correctly called Hansa was under government control before it was shut down now claims that Dream Market is next.
“Beware that Dream has been compromised,” wrote luckyduckquack on July 20. “This is a warning you will want to heed. Dream has been under the control of law enforcement for some time now. Within the next couple of weeks you will see a seizure notice. They are waiting to gather as many refugees from AB & Hansa as they can and then drop the hammer.”
While there is no hard evidence that luckyduckquack was anything other than lucky in his first prediction, the poster’s latest warning is enough to send serious chills through the community.
“Stay away from the DNM’s and erase all you can,” responded another redditor. “Format your PC or Laptop with KillDisk or similar. Just be happy you had a good time with the DNM’s and get the FK outta here.”
But will anyone heed the warning and ditch Dream Market? The 54,817 current listings under the “drugs” category suggests many haven’t yet.