Silk Road And The Other Dark Web Markets

ANNOUNCEMENT: Since the Silk Road 2.0 bust by the feds a few other Darknet Markets have fallen. Silk Road 3 is up and running with a big selection of goods.

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The idea of anonymous markets selling drugs and other illegal goods and services is much older than the Internet; the appearance of the World Wide Web has not only put things in motion; it has also accelerated everything! Internet is the perfect environment for all illicit trades. But how it all began and who are THE names on the Dark Web?

The outrunner of the dark web was certainly The Hive, an online community forum used for discussions about marihuana.

Silk Road Reloaded

One of the first dark web markets was The Farmers Market. Launched in 2006, it moved to Tor in 2010. Two years later, several operators were arrested and the market closed. They were busted quite easily since they had been using PayPal and Western Union! Nevertheless, in the dark web annals The Farmers Market stands as the forerunner of Silk Road and the multitude of other markets.

Silk Road was founded by Ross Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts, in February 2011. They were the first to use Tor, bitcoin escrow and customer feedback system. It was something entirely new and it became standard for all then and the future dark web markets.

They became globally popular after Gawker published an article about the site. They also became No.1 wanted criminals in the eyes of the Senator Chuck Schumer, who pressured the Department of Justice to catch the people behind this dark web market.

After more than two years of investigation, Silk Road was seized by the FBI and Ross Ulbricht arrested in October 2013. Earlier this year, he was sentenced to lifetime in prison.

Silkroad Seized

Merely a month after the fall of the famous dark web market, Silk Road 2.0 was founded, apparently by the remaining staff of the previous giant. It was the exact replica but with some safety issues handled much better, or so they claimed. SR 2.0 market promoted the very same idea of its predecessor – they were selling quality goods in nonviolent environment and they were never into child pornography, guns, prostitution, stolen credit cards etc.

In February 2014, $2.7 million worth of bitcoins was stolen from the site’s escrow; but, luckily admins gave up their commissions in order to refund the stolen money. How about that?!

The Silk Road 2.0 was seized in the Operation Onymous, along with other dark web markets – all in one day. Blake Benthall, also known as Defcon, was arrested as admin of the site.

Many markets saw the Onymous operation as an opportunity to climb higher on the dark web ladder. Agora was definitely one that succeeded. It was a pretty strong market even before the operation; but for some reason it was omitted. In April 2015, they saw their peak, becoming the leading market on the dark web.

In August 2015, they took down their own site, temporarily as they said, due to some security issues with Tor.

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After the fall of Silk Road, some markets saw their chance in fraud. One of the biggest exit scams was performed by the admins of Evolution market. Founded in January 2014 it appeared to value similar creeds as Silk Road – it didn’t allow child pornography, prostitution, murder/assassination, Ponzi schemes; but unlike SR, they were dealing with stolen credit cards.

In March 2015 Evolution counted a decent number of loyal and happy customers, when they decided to “retire” from the business with $12 million worth of bitcoin in escrows! Some users allegedly warned about the exit scam a week before it actually happened speaking of their troubles to withdraw bitcoins from the escrow.

Another SR wannabe appeared on the I2P network – Silk Road Reloaded.  It does remind somewhat of the philosophy and security of the original Silk Road. Namely, the I2P network is much safer than Tor. A novelty on Silk Road Reloaded market is the possibility to use multiple cryptocurrencies – Anoncoin, Darkcoin, Dogecoin and Litecoin; the list is constantly expanding and it will be possible to exchange any currency for bitcoins. As someone noticed, now not only that the site admins are earning from sales commissions, but from currency exchanges as well. Silk Road Reloaded can only be approached by I2P software or any other software that has access to eepsites.

And, such is the legacy of Silk Road, once a giant Dark Web marketplace. Many have tried to recreate, replicate the success (if you can call it that) of the original SR brand and many new markets that appear today are just pale copies of the original. Perhaps, it’s time to finally let this dinosaur rest in peace.

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Silk Road Reloaded, Launched On The I2p Anonymous Network

ANNOUNCEMENT: Well it has happened! Another Silk Road Darknet Market has spawned after the demise of Silk Road 2.0. The new site is called Silk Road Reloaded and is utilizing different technology than its predecessors therefore a new guide for Silk Road Reloaded will be coming soon. In the meantime Agora Marketplace is still alive and kicking bigger than ever with more listings than Silk Road 2.0.

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Silk Road Silk Road Reloaded, a new version of the online black market site, Silkroad, has been launched on the I2p anonymous decentralized network. This new online black market accepts several alternative cryptocurrencies, also called altcoins.

Launching on I2p anonymous network and accepting several altcoins are the two things which set Silkroad Reloaded apart from its predecessors. While the original Silkroad and Silkroad 2.0 made use of Tor network and Bitcoin cryptocurrency, Silkroad Reloaded will accept at least eight different types of cryptocurrency, including Dogecoin, Anoncoin, and Darkcoin. Others will be added in the future.

Silkroad Reloaded list many illicit items that one can imagine, except stolen credit card credentials and weapons. Of course, it goes without saying that this new black market site will list many illicit drugs for sale.

Silk Road ReloadedOther online black markets have struggled to find option to set up marketplaces after Silkroad 2.0 shut down in November last year. The biggest fear was whether Tor network had been compromised by U.S. government, which seems entirely plausible considering the history surrounding Tor. Silkroad Reloaded has avoided that trap entirely and gone ahead with I2p tech instead.

The I2p technology, also known as the Invisible Internet Project, is the same tech used by TheMarketplace, one of Silkroad’s competitors. Though not as famous as Silkroad, TheMarketplace is on the darkest, deepest web out there, even deeper than Tor, and is almost impossible to access. To access this network anonymously, one must use a custom operating system that is tailored specifically for this purpose. Once all the settings have been configured, users can then browse .i2p sites (eepSites) which can be accessed only on the I2p network.

According to report, as of now Silkroad Reloaded looks almost deserted with very little activity, but once it starts gaining traction thatcould all change.

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