The surface web domain is likely setup specifically to direct users to a phishing site where their credential information can be stolen. In early August 2021, DeSnake resurfaced on Dread, the popular Reddit-like discussion forum on the darknet administrated and moderated by users, Hugbunter and Paris. Dread staff “vouched” for DeSnake to skeptical darknet users with DeSnake signing documents using their historical PGP key. There were also at least half a dozen moderators that helped administer the market and its discussion forum, moderated disputes between buyers and vendors, and promoted the market on Reddit .
One of AlphaBay’s administrators, DeSnake, released a PGP-signed statement on the Dread darknet forum. DeSnake , one of original AlphaBay’s administrators could not help, but bring back to life the former dark web giant. The message contained information about the intended relaunching of AlphaBay marketplace. It would keep the market’s original style and layout, but it would also be much better. AlphaBay only accepts Monero, has strict product restrictions, and doesn’t allow people from certain countries to use it.
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These marketplaces are a part of a long list of active markets that are gaining momentum, audiences, and illegal activity every day. We tried to represent the wide range of marketplaces that exist within this list. The languages that are listed are only an indication of the language the marketplace is using rather than an indication of its origin or the nationality of its admins. There may be random gibberish here and there which is NOT TO BE Interpreted as anything else.
Unlike any other marketplaces we actually have a vision for the future which involves an improvement for the darknet market scene as a whole . By using our marketplace you help fund the development of the Decentralized Market Network. CommercialYesRegistrationRequiredUsers400,000+LaunchedSeptember 2014Current statusOfflineAlphaBay is a darknet market operating both as an onion service on the Tor network and as an I2P node on I2P. After it was shut down in July 2017 following law enforcement action in the United States, Canada, and Thailand as part of Operation Bayonet, it was relaunched in August 2021 by the self-described co-founder and security administrator DeSnake.
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These sites are indexes of dark web criminal marketplaces, for visitors interested in drugs sales, carding, and cryptocurrency exchanges. Not only do they look similar to the scam marketplaces (and with similar hosting/registration details), they also list several of the fake marketplaces we discovered. The address used by the phishing site will look familiar to regular users of the AlphaBay darknet market, but rather than pointing to an anonymous hidden service, it points to a phishing site hosted by AttractSoft GmbH in Germany.
According to our historical darknet records, DeSnake had connections in Russia although his true identity and location was not publicly known. This part of the site is supposed to become a shelter for everyone who wants to speak freely and discuss any topic, including hacking, anonymity, fraud/carding, drugs safety, or malware. Creating private sub-communities, such as the famous VXcode, is also permitted and even encouraged. You can display your attitude to a certain vendor/buyer by clicking “Trust” or “Distrust” button. Plus, the actions you take on the platform, e.g. reporting a product, affect your TL as well.
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If we do, we would be exposing not only parts of our infrastructure to make the trades but potentially enable LE to halt trades or freeze balances which would result in bad situations for our customers. It is a serious risk which the amateur admins of many of todays most popular marketplaces ignore or are too blind to see only to make a small profit. We know how to run our marketplace and forums, we know what the darknet market scene needs and we have come prepared.
- Choose a unique password and avoid reusing market credentials.
- He further argues that the authorities allegedly killed his partner without trial but staged it as suicide.
- And the market recommends never completing an order before receiving it.
- Many of them use Tor for anonymous access, and conduct transactions through Bitcoin and escrow services.
- Of the twenty sites we found, thirteen are no longer active.
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DeSnake had his PGP key verified which confirmed his authenticity as well as he was confirmed by ex-AlphaBay staff members and Dread administration. AlphaBay, however, was more diverse than Silk Road, experts say, specializing not just in drugs but also guns, counterfeit ID and payment cards, and other illegal goods. The marketplace also accepted a variety of cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Monero and Zcash. U.S. law enforcement also worked with numerous foreign partners to freeze and preserve millions of dollars in cryptocurrency representing the proceeds of AlphaBay’s illegal activities.