Reportedly, the Crypto Market is made by the very same developer team that also runs the Silk Road 3.0. As you may already know, Silk Road 3.0 has previously been offline due to some maintenance issues; it was subjected to some DDoS attacks, so the developers decided to improve the overall security. The same set of security measures was applied to the Crypto Market a few weeks ago.
Previously, if you try to visit the official SR 3.0 URL (http://reloadedudjtjvxr.onion), you will come across the following statement:
Silk Road 3.0: Offline
Silk Road 3.0 down for upgrades. While it is down we recommend our other market, Crypto Market. Crypto Market is a secure market run by the same team as Silk Road 3.0.
You can still visit the forum, though; and there you will notice that it’s become the joint forum of both markets, Crypto and Silk Road 3.0 markets.
Silk Road 3.0 & Crypto Market Community Forums – reloadedudjtjvxr.onion (Silk Road 3.0) cryptomktgxdn2zd.onion (Crypto Market)
It’s easy to deduce that the SR 3.0 and the Crypto Market are designed by the same person; but perhaps for different target groups?!
For example, they both have dark backgrounds; navigation is smooth and simple with categories arranged a bit differently. The products’ prices are clearly labeled, as well as the vendors’ reputation on the site.
Both markets have invested in security measures recently and they both have reliable and responsive support systems, according to the user community.
New Generation of Security on Dark Web
New Crypto Market developing team has made a huge effort in securing their market from DDoS attacks, phishing attacks and other attacks that regularly happen on the Deep Web for the purpose of ruining competition or stealing bitcoins.
The anti-phishing method is somewhat new on Dark Net markets. Both Crypto Market and SR 3.0 are constantly reminding their users to check whether they have the proper URL. Also, if you try to make a Crypto Market account, you will be prompted to enter the adequate 10 alpha-numeric part of the URL that stands between the crypto- prefix and the .onion- suffix.
Obviously, the developers have worked hard to improve design and security of the Crypto Market and it’s good news that they are now implementing the same for the SR 3.0.
For example, if you try to send a message to any user, you will have the option to encrypt the message on your own by using your chosen PGP client, or alternatively you will also be able to send automated encrypted messages via a built-in encryption app in case you don’t have or use any specific PGP software. Thanks to Crypto Market developers, security of the Dark Net markets is brought to a new level.
Another novelty implemented by the Crypto Market developing team is a Newbie Guide. Lots of others Dark Net Markets are very confusing for the newcomers; but not the Crypto Market. You simply pick the Newbie Guide from a dropdown menu while you are making an account, and once you make your account you will get a set of the most important instructions for getting around on the market.
Silk Roads of the Old Generation
An interesting fact is that the three Silk Road-named markets were not made by the same developing team.
First and the most successful of them was Silk Road, created by Ross Ulbricht back in 2011. The market evolved into the largest online drug selling community and the amount of money that went through it is estimated to be $1.2 billion in total, more than $79.8 million from commissions!
The idea behind the Silk Road was Ross Ulbricht’s and it was to clean the streets from drug-related crime and transfer it to the web, which seemed as a much safer environment than dark alleys of ghettos where drugs are usually sold. Unlike other Dark Net markets, Ulbricht’s SR didn’t sell child pornography, weapons and other stuff that might cause harm to a third party; he was categorical at this. The main products were drugs, which can harm only the person buying. Ideally…
However, it didn’t last too long and in 2012, the FBI and the National Security both started investigating mail packages that contained drugs and were leading to the Dark Net market called Silk Road. It took them a whole year to make the connection between the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts, the main admin of the Silk Road and Ross Ulbricht; but once Ulbricht had been arrested, the market was seized by the FBI and all its vendors and customers lost their precious market and bitcoins that were left in escrows.
Almost instantly, just a few days after the arrest, Silk Road 2.0 appeared. Its design was practically the same as its predecessor’s, with certain security improvements. It was believed that the Dread Pirate Roberts’ account wasn’t managed by a single person; but by several people; allegedly, one of the managers of the Dread Pirate Robert’s account created this 2.0 version of the website. Not surprisingly, SR 2.0 didn’t have as nearly as much success as the pioneer Silk Road, so vendors and buyers spontaneously moved to the newly made markets whose name didn’t make so much noise in the ears of the authorities.
SR 2.0 was seized in the Operation Onymous, together with many other Dark Net markets. Blake Benthall, who allegedly ran the market, was arrested in San Francisco.
Almost immediately after the fall of Silk Road 2.0, Silk Road 3.0 was created. It was obvious from the beginning that the SR 3.0 was entirely new; a market with an old and infamous name has not only been built and designed from scratch, but it leans on new philosophy viewpoint – security before everything else. It has an elegant, dark background with (somewhat) creepy mask on the landing page – symbolizing anonymity and security above all.
Our predictions are that the bright and prosperous future lies before the Crypto Market and its brother market, Silk Road 3.0, that’s currently undergoing some serious security makeover. It remains yet to see…