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Russian Authorities Busted RAMP, the Oldest Darknet Market

Russian police, in July 2017, shut down the largest remaining darknet market: RAMP aka Russian Anonymous Marketplace. The news surfaced through an official document provided to TASS, a Russian news agency. In July, RAMP went offline for an abnormal and unexpected period of time, naturally distilling fear amongst users. Alphabay and Hansa went down the same month.The market admin, Darkside, ... Read More »

TradeRoute Market Issues Security Fix After $100k Theft

On August 8, a user created a thread on the TradeRoute marketplace forums. The user requested that the TradeRoute administration examine a “strange” listing. The listing was for a “small house for children.” It was strange for several reasons. The first was the number of vendor accounts that someone had created in order to do something “sketchy.” One user noticed ... Read More »

Swiss Authorities Arrest Three Dream Market Drug Vendors

Recently, Swiss authorities announced that they had identified and arrested three persons who were allegedly selling drugs on the dark web. Law enforcement reported that they had “blocked” the accounts of the suspects. The image the police provided to the announcement is from the Dream Market, where, earlier on, it was reported that some of the vendor accounts were compromised ... Read More »

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Valhalla Market Compromised: Finnish Customs Allegedly Identified Hundreds of Valhalla Users

According to a press release issued by Finnish Customs on August 17, a Customs investigation had “exposed” a large-scale drug trafficking network. The network—or in this case, drug trafficking organization—operated from within Finland. From there, they distributed their products to buyers both in Finland and across the globe. Central to the operation was the darknet marketplace known as “Valhalla” or ... Read More »

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Only 0.5 Percent of Darknet Market Listings are for Firearms, Study Shows

According to a new RAND Corporation study, close to 60 percent of the weapons sold on darknet marketplaces originate from the United States. In contrast, European countries, collectively, only accounted for 23 percent of the darknet firearm transactions. The data collection occurred while Alphabay and Hansa still functioned as active marketplaces; thus, the number of total listings is far different ... Read More »

A New Blockchain Market Engineering Approach – A Research Paper

Market engineering refers to the process of prudently restructuring a market aiming at transforming it into efficient and effective means for execution of exchange transactions. Via presenting a holistic, interdisciplinary set of tools to systematically analyze, design, structure and build the elements of various market platforms, to determine fields of application and also to formulate theoretical design and develop evaluation ... Read More »

Behind-the-Scenes: a Darknet Market on the Ethereum Blockchain

A team of developers are nearly finished with a decentralized market known as “Tralfamadore.” Everything on the market—from vendor listings to sales themselves—will be free from the confines of any one marketplace; the backend, running on the Ethereum blockchain, will function as a database for market content. As a decentralized system, nobody holds your funds and all orders are controlled ... Read More »

Wall Street Market Adds Support for Monero

On May 22, the Wall Street Market technical operator said that staff were a bit busy “working on a new big feature for WSM.” And on July 6, the Wall Street Market (WSM) staff revealed that big feature: Monero implementation. Currently, Wall Street Market is the only darknet marketplace with Monero support. Both Alphabay and and Oasis enabled Monero transactions ... Read More »

Alphabay Hacker “Cipher0007” Takes Down Sanctuary Market

In January 2017, a hacker—known on Reddit as /u/Cipher0007—found two Alphabay bugs that gave him access to over 200,000 messages between vendors and buyers. He handled the disclosure well and received community praise for doing so. Come late May, the hacker posted that he hacked the Sanctuary marketplace and, in the process, indirectly extinguished the site. Instead of contacting the ... Read More »

Cybersecurity Insurance Market to Increase by 3X to $10 Billion in 2020

The demand for cyber security systems and solutions have been on the rise as a result of the emergence of complex and highly sophisticated ransomware, hacking attacks and security breaches. Although analysts agree that prevention is the optimal solution against ransomware attacks and other forms of hacking attacks, companies have begun to seek cyber security insurance as ransomware attacks began ... Read More »

Authorities Bust Bloomsfield Market Owner in Slovakia

On May 4, Europol announced the arrest of a darknet vendor in Slovakia. With surprisingly little enthusiasm, they also revealed that Slovakian law enforcement seized computer equipment that, at one time, hosted a darknet marketplace. Europol compared information from the computer with their own information and confirmed that the darknet vendor also owned and maintained a darknet market. Police in ... Read More »

Outlaw Market Prepares Scam-Deterring Revamp

Outlaw is one of the few darknet marketplaces that predated Alphabay—almost difficult to imagine. However, other than a small number of devoted users, the market sees fewer new customers than Alphabay or Dream, the other darknet marketplace veterans. Why this is the case, only few know. However, the administration outlined plans that may not only revolutionize Outlaw but also attract ... Read More »

Tutorial: How To Buy From the Apple Market

Today we’re going to show you how to use the Apple Market. This market is fairly new but has managed to get a great reputation so far. It allows multisignature and traditional ecrow. Balances and traditional escrows are held by the market, so exit scams by the market are possible. The market has a decent variety of products and an ... Read More »