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9.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Fear, Uncertainty, and Alphabay

Alphabay—a marketplace often amidst minor drama—kicked the hornet’s nest of angry, worried, or otherwise irritated Reddit users. The marketplace unexpectedly dropped offline on July 4. Not even six hours later, the /r/darknetmarkets subreddit had fallen into a state of disarray. Alphabay is still on the DeepDotWeb “Top Markets” list, but it may not be there for long (will be removed per the usual rules after being down for two weeks). A note was added to the listing:

Alphabay is gone for now – Use Dream or Hansa Instead!Screenshot_2017-07-09_14-03-17.png

Trappy_AB, an Alphabay moderator, commented on the downtime on July 5. “I have been in touch with our devs and admins and they are working to restore AlphaBay as soon as possible,” he wrote. The reassurance provided by the message quickly wore off, as seen in a short collection of the subreddit’s current topics:

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Only time will tell. And Alphabay’s time is in short supply. The market is effectively gone as of this news roundup. Reddit

DEA Busted Former Alphabay Vendor “EtiKing”

EtiKing (aka Jeremysdemo aka badmamajama2 aka Jeremy P. Achey) got busted after an investigation into a 24-year-old’s death. She died of an overdose on a mixture of tetrahydrofuranfentanyl and etizolam. Her fiance overdosed on the same combination but EMS revived him. He worked with the DEA to bust EtiKing, an operation that proved simpler than most. In addition to being a darknet drug marketplace vendor, Jeremy Achey moderated /r/researchchemicals under his real name. He operated USDTO, a drug purity testing service that was created at the location on his darknet shipping labels.

He once moderated and scammed chemsrus and chemsarus. He moderated a GCMS subreddit where he posted GCMS results of various fentanyl analogs. Additionally, he used his real name and email on a mail forwarding service that allowed Bitcoin payments. The same email matched his Coinbase account that he had used as EtiKing. And finally, an informant—the former EtiKing—provided the feds with information on Achey, including that he knew that his drugs had killed several customers:

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Desmethyltramadol is selling pretty good fight now, but not on here, have not been listing fent since like 5 people died in my state and the feds have upped their investigation, no doubt they are going to come to the dark web looking for sellers, like to keep a lower profile than that,” he wrote.

His prison sentence in the state of Florida will not be a short one. DeepDotWeb

Visiting The Darkweb is a Sign of Terrorism, Warns U.K Police

Despite the lack of evidence connecting the darknet to true acts of terrorism, the U.K. has relentlessly treated hidden services like the root of all terror. The terror attacks and terror threats in the U.K. are very real. And numerous hidden services exist solely to distribute IS propaganda. But any evidence of the darknet converting someone with no connection to Syria or IS into a radical IS soldier is either fictional or strategically hidden from the public.

That is not to say that the darknet is not aiding in terrorist communication in the same way that it facilitates anonymous messages between darknet market buyers and sellers. Many hidden services offer weapons (and many buyers get fooled into buying one). But the overwhelming majority of weaponry goes to private, random individuals that refrain from mass murders. An exception would be the Munich gunman.

Here is what the pamphlets from police in London displayed regarding the darknet:

“Examples of suspicious activity could include someone who:

  • appears to be carrying out surveillance; taking photos of security arrangements for example;
  • has firearms or other weapons or has shown an interest in getting them;
  • is visiting the dark web, or ordering unusual items online;
  • has bought or hired a vehicle in suspicious circumstances;

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German authorities stop weapon buyers and sellers weekly. Russian authorities arrest few. The UK has effectively made zero arrests. They manage to be the most vocal about the issue, though. DeepDotWeb

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

We interviewed a spokesperson behind an upcoming marketplace backend that runs on the Ethereum blockchain. Everything gets stored in the backend so that it becomes permanent in the event of an exit scam or similar marketplace deaths; this includes the reviews, listings, and sales, and other marketplace elements.

Virtually anyone can throw together a frontend store or “marketplace” and hook into the new marketplace framework. The entire darknet market scene would change if the backend—known as Tralfamadore—was adopted by the community.

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No single market would be superior to another with regard to the number of listings. Every frontend could pull from the same backend. The developers released a browser-based decentralized escrow in late June:

We’re happy to announce the alpha launch of Ethrow: the first browser-based decentralized escrow. The Tralfamadore team lost our investor so about a week and a half ago we decided to take one part of our decentralized market–the escrow–and create a third-party escrow site for direct deals. […] Ethrow runs on the Ethereum network using smart contracts so no human is ever in control of your money. We provide mediators for your transactions who can only ever complete the escrow, refund the escrow, or complete half and refund half. The money in escrow can never go to anyone but the seller and/or buyer.”DeepDotWeb

Wall Street Market Adds Support for Monero

With both known marketplaces that accepted Monero gone, Wall Street Market’s Monero implementation came at the perfect time for Monero holders. WSM is one of the only remaining markets to support Monero. Wall Street Market, TradeRoute, and Zion all support Monero, but traffic to the markets had been limited during the Alphabay reign. Now that DNM buyers are looking for a new place to shop, this may change.

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WSM’s Monero setup is no different than Alphabay’s setup—in terms of useability and even appearance, to a degree. Vendors with Monero support have Monero and Bitcoin symbols on their listings. Buyers can choose between either cryptocurrency at checkout.

WallStreet Market is proud to announce that we´re finally integrated active monero support without a deposit system. Just order how do you already know from bitcoin on our market and transfer the specified funds to the shown wallet.

When a vendor supports Monero and BitCoin, simply choose your favorite coin and checkout. More follow soon.” DeepDotWeb

10 comments

  1. fuckalpharightnow

    well, there goes 8.5k /sigh

  2. New AB Posts are only good to post new whereabouts for Vendor.
    Bankdrops Fullz Profiles RDP Credit scores Background Reports MMN / DL Lookup SSNDOB Everything you need and used to buy from AB is Now Available on Hansa and Dream – Skyscraper

  3. NoOne Particular

    In reality, most even slightly truly educated human beings know the “dark web” is not the horror and wrongful and misguided portions of the internet as the uneducated claim or the powers that be wish to portray to the stupid gullible sheeple they feed that nonsense crap to and they swallow hook line and sinker.
    No, what it is,is the portions that are unlawfully regulated by these powers and authorities. By actual law there is not supposeto be such regulations and restrictions. The only areas lawfully applied are those that apply direct threat and harm to others or a person. Not supposed, not alleged, not possible or assumed. Not “could” or any other like area..
    The “Dark Web” was created because the powers and authorities that apply these unlawful controls and restrictions will not abide by the laws that rule over them. Theu would rather use their powers to keep you under their thumb and deceptions.
    I never have usedthe dark web but I am educated enough to know why its not what these asshats make it out to be.
    You will know the loser decieved sheeple and the educated by what side they take on this issue

  4. After i read this article, especially 2nd part, i’m sure this is an exit-scam. i had thinking “why impleting zcash and after few days vanished?”… but now i’m 100% sure this is exit-scam. Dear users/vendors i’m sorry for you (and for me) but AB is gone. Very wonderful experience but now is end. Patience! i hope only this is a lesson for all. only a little advice for all: DON’T TRY OTHER MARKET. i feel the situation is hot (HANSA is compromised. payement system is too stupid for not be compromised). for now low profile.

    thanx to all for this wonderful 2 years :( i hope see you soon.

    Ciao ragazzi :(

    jcab

  5. The RCMP Raids is wrong translated. Wether the FBI nor RCMP where in Thailand to arrest anyone. It’s just the reporterin who expressed this assumption. When you read the news in the original you will see that for the arresting the conditionel mood was used. Unlike some other langueges in French implies that a real doubt and is more used in the way to outline a possibility.

    Hence there is still no press release from the FBI and for obvious reasons no official statement from ABM.

  6. do not buy on darknet, or your getting Prison

  7. AB is gone forever. i’m sure of this also if it’s strange. has nosense implementing a new system of payement and vanish after 15 days. Pay attention to this little particular

  8. Just joined WallStr Market.
    Looks awesome.

    Will make some orders and gonna review.

    UI is nice and simple and i do like the direct trade system so far.

  9. I really don’t give a fuck that it’s gone, there are others. What really pisses me off is loading my “monthly budget” literally 10 minutes before it vanished. Damn it.

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