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Saturday, December 13, 2014

How the Dark Web's New Favorite Drug Market Is Profiting From Silk Road 2's Demise

How the Dark Web’s New Favorite Drug Market Is Profiting From Silk Road 2’s Demise

When a major law enforcement crackdown killed the Silk Road 2 earlier this month, it scattered the Dark Web’s drug dealers. But one new and improved crypto market is welcoming and profiting from those refugees: an appropriately named website called Evolution.

Since the FBI’s and Europol’s Operation Onymous seized dozens of Dark Web sitesincluding the Silk Road 2, Evolution has more than tripled its rate of growth in new product listings, according to data collected by the non-profit Digital Citizens Alliance. That’s helped the eBay-style contraband bazaar’s drug offerings to grow more than 50 percent since September. Combined with the other products Evolution sells—a mix of counterfeit documents, weapons and stolen credit card numbers—it’s now the biggest black market on the Dark Web. It has around 22,000 product listings in total, far more than either Silk Road 2 or the original Silk Road ever offered.

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“Evolution is the new hot commodity,” says Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) research director Dan Palumbo. “Clearly they’re benefiting from the Silk Road 2 shutdown.”

Narcotrafficking by the Numbers

Evolution was adding new product listings at a rate of between 80 and 90 a day before Operation Onymous, by the DCA’s count. Since the seizure of drug markets including Silk Road 2, Hydra, Cloud 9 and Pandora, Evolution has now been adding around 280 product listings a day. Additionally, many Evolution vendors used to list their wares on Silk Road 2 as well, but “now this will be the sole focus of their business,” says Palumbo.

Even before the Silk Road 2 was seized earlier and its alleged administrator Blake Benthall arrested, its popularity had been waning. It had been recently surpassed in size by not only Evolution, but also another drug site called Agora. As of a count of product listings by the DCA in late October, Agora was actually the top market on the collection of sites that run on the anonymity software Tor, with 18,250 listings. That was 2,000 more than the Silk Road and a few dozen more than Evolution, though Evolution’s recent boost has allowed it to outpace Agora. Silk Road 2’s plummeting market share resulted from a mixture of misfortune and incompetence: In early 2014 the site claimed it had been hacked, with $2.7 million worth of users’ bitcoins stolen from its escrow services. Since then, it had offered no escrow at all, leaving buyers dangerously vulnerable to being scammed.

Evolution doesn’t just offer an escrow, but also takes advantage of a more advanced feature built into bitcoin known as multi-signature transactions. That feature is designed to prevent both scams and seizure of escrow funds by law enforcement. It requires two out of three parties—the buyer, the user, and the site itself—to sign off on a deal before the escrowed bitcoins can be transferred. Evolution has also had much faster pageload times than competitors, most of whom run painfully slowly thanks to Tor’s process of routing web traffic among randomly chosen computers around the world. (Just how Evolution managed those speeds despite running on Tor itself isn’t clear.) And it has been online far more reliably: The website Darknet Stats counts Evolution as online 97 percent of the time, compared with 83 percent for Agora and 93.5 percent for Silk Road 2 at last check in September.

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All of that has made Evolution the go-to haven for drug dealers fleeing the Silk Road 2. Another site calling itself Silk Road 3 in a bid to win over the Silk Road’s users, by contrast, has less than a thousand listings. When someone calling himself the Dread Pirate Roberts held an “ask me anything” session in Reddit’s dark net markets forum and claimed to be the new administrator of the Silk Road, he was mocked and asked questions like, “Where do you plan on doing your upcoming stint in prison?”

Just how the new top black markets like Agora and Evolution survived the feds’ Operation Onymous, however, isn’t entirely clear. Some in the security community have speculated that the crackdown used a new de-anonymization attack against Tor, and that the only sites that were spared from that attack were those hosted in places like Russia or China, beyond western law enforcement’s reach.

Getting Smaller, Cleaner, and Darker

In fact, the cops did seize one site calling itself Evolution: a scammy clone created to trick users into handing over their bitcoins. Security researcher Nik Cubrilovic has documented how as many as a third of sites seized by Operation Onymous were scam or clone sites, particularly knockoffs of many of the top drug markets including Agora and Evolution. By clearing out those clones, law enforcement may have actually cleaned up the Dark Web, removing fraudsters and making users feel safer spending their money on reputable black markets sites like Evolution.

Evolution’s rise in the Dark Web drug trade signals perhaps the final shift away from the political roots of the original Silk Road. The Silk Road’s administrator known as the Dread Pirate Roberts, after all, espoused radical libertarian views and banned all but victimless contraband on the site. Evolution’s creator, by contrast, is a mysterious figure known as Verto who previously ran the Tor Carding Forum, a credit card fraud site. And in addition to drugs, counterfeits and guns, Evolution also sells stolen credit cards, a kind of crime never allowed on the Silk Road.“Evolution is the anti-Silk Road,” says DCA’s Palumbo. “Rather than being centered around a libertarian ideal, it’s just a business.”

If the new, post-crackdown Dark Web is darker, though, it’s also smaller. Although Evolution has grown in the wake of Operation Onymous, the Dark Web drug market as a whole has been pruned dramatically to a total of about 44,000 listings compared with 65,500 listings in August, according to the DCA. That brings it below even the 46,000 listings on the sites in January of this year.

But Palumbo says that given how fast the Dark Web grew over the last year, that setback isn’t likely to last. “If I had to guess, I would imagine you’ll see new sites pop up, and someone will take place of Silk Road as the third major market,” he says, “I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see them overtake the total number of listings before the takedown

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Business Is Booming Again In The 'Dark' Online Drug Market

When the well-known drug marketplace Silk Road 2.0 and other services were seized last month by a joint international law enforcement operation, many online communities that hide behind a web of anonymity via the Tor (The Onion Router) network had a virtual near-death experience. Code-named Operation Onymous, the action followed the arrest of Blake Benthall, aka Defcon, the site’s 26-year-old lead administrator. Benthall, who allegedly confessed soon after his arrest, was apprehended in San Francisco after putting a $72,000 down payment on a Tesla in bitcoins, the anonymous currency used on Silk Road.
The following day, the FBI and the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, working with 16 EU nations, released numerous press releases celebrating what seemed to some a large win in the drug war and the exploding dark-net market trend. The UK’s National Crime Agency announced, “International Law Enforcement deals major blow to dark web markets.”
Among the 27 dark-net marketplaces shut down alongside Silk Road 2.0, only Hydra, Alpaca, Cloud 9 and Cannabis Road ranked as larger active drug bazaars, with most others being known scamming markets for stolen credit card information, weapons or drugs—they do not deliver the goods or services purchased.Silk Road 3.0The Silk Road
Now, only six weeks after the high-profile Onymous seizures, business is once again brisk at the dark-net marketplaces. While actual numbers are unavailable, the official marketplace list of Deep Dot Web, which monitors in real time the safety and functionality of such sites, indicates that black market entrepreneurs have opened several brand-new marketplaces, such as Middle Earth and SilkKitien. Real Hosting, an anonymous Tor hosting service, reports numerous weekly requests from people interested in starting new ones. All of which is great news for those who believe that the dark web drug dealing promotes safety and freedom.
“There’s more of us than them. Even if it takes migrating to mesh networks built upon individual users’ mobile phones, we will have our way,” ChemicalLiberty, a UK vendor of the powerful psychedelic drug DMT, states on a forum at the Evolution marketplace. “The Internet has provided a means for the oppressed masses to build confidence and empower each other to break the reign of the wealthy ruling class. In our lifetime we will see massive revolution and redistribution of wealth and power. The unimaginable consequences of this transformation will happen faster than anyone dares predict.”
The heady rhetoric has been fairly standard among buyers and sellers even since the original incarnation of Silk Road launched in February 2011. Later that year Gawker article shone a light on it. Since then the Silk Road has been rocky. In November 2013, the marketplace was seized by the FBI, and Ross William Ulbricht was arrested on allegations of being the owner of the market. Silk Road 2.0 started up just months later under the control of Ulbricht’s second in command, who took up the Dread Pirate Roberts mantel.
Last December, federal agents arrested three of Silk Road 2.0′s admins, and the second Dread Pirate Roberts went into retirement, leaving Silk Road 2.0 in the care of his second in command, Defcon. In February, a major hack claimed $2.7 million worth of bitcoins, and Defcon vowed to re-pay the stolen amount through the commissions earned on the site. This was the beginning of the end for Silk Road 2.0.
“There’s more of us than them. Even if it takes migrating to mesh networks built upon individual users’ mobile phones, we will have our way,” says ChemicalLiberty, a UK vendor on Evolution. “The Internet has provided a means for the oppressed masses to break the reign of the ruling class. The consequences will happen faster than anyone dares predict.”
Vendors like ChemicalLiberty abandoned Silk Road 2.0 in favor of other large markets such as Evolution and Agora that provide better all-around security. These measures include an escrow service, which allows users to store their funds on the market’s server until they receive their goods or services and release the funds to the vendor. (Escrow plays an important role in creating the web of trust in dark-net marketplaces.) Agora and Evolution also offer two-factor authentication, a feature that, when activated, requires the user to decrypt a message specific to their public encryption key prior to logging in.Fake ID listings on Silk Road 2.0The Silk Road
But this gain in security has come at the loss in credibility, according to critics. The Evolution marketplace, which has tripled its sales over the past five months, accepts stolen credit card information and credit card dumps, a service widely viewed as immoral and contrary to the standard “victimless crime” mentality that Silk Road started with. “It’s moved well beyond victimless crime,” a researcher for the nonprofit Digital Citizens Alliance told Wired magazine. “The libertarian ideals behind Silk Road were about giving everyone free choice. Now it’s gone past drugs to fraud. It’s just about making money.”
Some Evolution members see credit-card fraud differently. “I personally believe if you’re going after credit cards that at the end of the day it falls on the bank’s part. It’s cool. No problemo with that. Yes, it’s inconvenient for people, but they don’t lose anything in the end,” posted hdmi on Evolution’s forum.
Evolution does, however, draw some moral red lines, outlawing child pornography, murder/assassination/terrorism, sex and/or prostitution, Ponzi schemes and investment opportunities, lotteries and raffles. Agora keeps closer to the original Silk Road philosophies and bans stolen credit card information, although it does allow the sale of account information from PayPal and other online financial institutes.
Veteran users of the hidden services may have abandoned Silk Road, but the name and brand have not been abandoned. A small marketplace called Diabolous quickly re-branded itself as Silk Road 3.0 Reloaded in an attempt to capitalize on the legend’s name. The transformation included the adoption of Silk Road’s infamous logo of a nomad riding a green camel and the head admin’s adopting the moniker Dread Pirate Roberts.
But Deep Dot Web has banned the listing of the market due to the re-use of the “Silk Road” name, and many users recommend avoiding the new Silk Road. “It does not matter who is running the site, the SilkRoad dream is done. It’s time to move on,” comments dark net frequenter RR. “I’m happy remembering SilkRoad 1.0 in its full glory and not as the site that just didn’t know when to admit defeat. If we keep rebuilding a site and naming it the same thing faces the full force of the law enforcement departments who now hold a grudge against the name. It’s time for something fresh and it needs to be kept more of a secret. Throwing it in the spotlight is the beginning of the end for these sites.”
It is too early to signal all-clear at the dark-web drug bazaars. The dark web is only possible with Tor, which is the most sophisticated means for hiding your physical location while browsing the web and also allows for the creation of hidden sites running off of servers that may not even “know” the sites are even there. Otherwise, Internet drug marketplaces are shut down quickly and easily, and a federal subpoena will reveal the records of whoever rents the server space.
“As further site closures are achieved, the surviving cryptomarkets will adapt and improve site security,” James Martin said in an email. “Unless there is a follow-up operation sometime soon, particularly one that results in a large number of arrests, then cryptomarkets will continue to grow and diversify.”
If the feds have figured out how to de-anonymize Tor, the markets are done. (The I2P Anonymous Network, the only comparable network, is infamously flawed.) The Tor Project acknowledges that the implications of Operation Onymous remain uncertain. “As you can see, we still don’t know what happened, and it’s hard to give concrete suggestions blindly,” an announcement on their website reads.
There may be vulnerabilities in Tor’s infrastructure. It is also worth nothing that the many mistakes in Silk Road 2.0′s security may have enabled the FBI to uncover a server that hosted a variety of the now-defunct hidden services. According to the official affidavit against Benthall, the 26-year-old was almost comically inept. The lack of protocols has since been a hot topic of discussion on Kingdom, a general dark-net marketplace forum.
One vendor known as MarrakeshXpress says of Benthall’s character, “Defcon is a jerk.…He was a terrible admin. I can’t remember a single promise or deadline that he ever kept. He posted rarely and when he did, his posts had an air of superiority, like he thought he was too good to post to the community he was supposed to be leading.”
James Martin, an Australian criminologist and author of Lost on the Silk Road, a study of how online communication technology is transforming crime, believes that dark-web commerce is sustainable over the long term. “As further site closures are achieved, the surviving cryptomarkets will adapt and improve site security,” he said in an email. “Unless there is a follow-up operation sometime soon, particularly one that results in a large number of arrests—something that Onymous did not achieve—then cryptomarkets will continue to grow and diversify.”
Dark net user Jack Harkness agrees, albeit in the high-flying rhetoric typical of his ilk: “This is an ongoing conflict, and it is almost certain no market will survive forever. However, for each that falls more will arise, many of them wiser and more resilient. This is evolution in action. And the genus of these enterprises is still very young. Whatever method is being employed by these agencies can be circumvented.”
Whether or not such faith in evolution—or Evolution—on the dark web is misplaced, it is too early to tell. But one thing is certain: The human appetite for drugs, and for making money off of drugs, has proved, at least until now, stronger than any form of prohibition.

Some new markets........Toms Market,Evolution Market & AGORA and many more.....

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Adress (only use TOR Browser): 

AGORA MARKET:  http://agorahooawayyfoe.onion

EVOLUTION MARKET:  http://k5zq47j6wd3wdvjq.onion/

Happy Shopping !!!!!

Last update: 10.12.14

Welcome to our Updated List of Dark Net Markets! Can our list be Improved? Found any broken links? Let us know in the comments!
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    – DarknetMarkets Reddit
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  • Use your common sense and consider every market as a potential scam. NEVER store coins on the sites; do not trust on-site escrows and always Use PGP!!!
  • Just to be clear: the classification “Top Rated & Recommended Marketplace” is assigned to dark net markets based on the personal opinions of customers and a lack of complaints received about this market, it is not an official endorsement by DeepDotWeb!
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Invite / Referral Only markets

This category is for markets that require an invite code or a referral link in order to register. We have included valid links that will enable registration. Please note: safety is not guaranteed! For the highest level of security, use multisig markets.
2.25 (4 reviews)
Market Forum Url http://tomf2fo56wthggwk.onion/
Notes The Onion Market. Advanced bitcoin market for drugs.  Offers Multisig Transactions (tutorial here)

Multisig or Trusted

This category is for dark net markets that utilize multisig transactions, or those that have displayed great conduct over a long period of time—with no security issues, minimal reports about scamming or technical issues, and administrators that have proven their competency. Usage guides for multisig transactions on the various dark net markets can be found here.
1.67 (3 reviews)
Marketplace url http://panaceaz4give75l.onion
Sub reddit
Notes Marketplace for cannabis products. Supports Multisig.
2.25 (4 reviews)
Market Forum Url http://tomf2fo56wthggwk.onion/
Notes The Onion Market. Advanced bitcoin market for drugs.  Offers Multisig Transactions (tutorial here)
3.04 (82 reviews)
Marketplace url http://k5zq47j6wd3wdvjq.onion
Market Forum Url http://i25c62nvu4cgeqyz.onion
Sub reddit
Notes Offering multisig (guide) as well as normal escrow - The #2 or #3 largest market by trade volume and have been operating escrow services on TCF since June 2012 before opening the evolution marketplace. We have conducted an interview with Evolution's PR guy Boogie, you can read it Here.

Escrow Markets

Markets using regular escrow & FE (Finalize Early).
0.00 (1 review)
Market Forum Url http://ltxocqh4nvwkofil.onion:8080/
Notes Been Around for a few months now - uses Traditional escrow system
5.00 (1 review)
Marketplace url ~Banned~
Notes Silk Road 3, Silk Road Reloaded or any other site using the silk road name after the takedown of silk road 2 (which was also a scam site), is 100% SCAM and should be avoided at all costs.
The only reason for any site operator to name his site after Silk road is to lure new users who doesn't know any better and most likely, sooner or later, steal their money,  no site or URL using the "silk road" brand name will be listed in this list or anywhere else on this site, and i have placed this listing Of silk road 3 url as a warning, since many people are still falling for that trap.
The Silk Road Brand is Dead.  If you want to find a reliable dark net market than our Dark net Markets Comparison Chart is a great place to start with.
3.94 (17 reviews)
Market Forum Url http://outforumbpapnpqr.onion
Notes Traditional escrow market, we conducted an interview with admin of the site, you can read it here
4.90 (5 reviews)
Marketplace url http://nucleuspf3izq7o6.onion/
Market Forum Url http://z34uj4opd3tejafn.onion/
Notes Normal Escrow marketplace - supports Bitcoin, Litcoin and Darkcoin
3.10 (5 reviews)
Marketplace url http://fiftyonecrklhzhe.onion
Notes Normal Escrow marketplace created by former admins of Outlaw markets
3.94 (16 reviews)
Marketplace url http://mango7u3rivtwxy7.onion
Notes Traditional Escrow marketplace - Uses Javascript but offers an option to disable it.
3.50 (6 reviews)
Marketplace url http://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
Sub reddit None
Notes A Thriving Russian marketplace (forum based), i don’t speak Russian but i have heard some reports about this marketplace being legit. don’t take my word, check for yourself.
Marketplace url http://2mybnercfcums5lj.onion/
Market Forum Url http://bm26rwk32m7u7rec.onion/
Notes One of the new marketplaces, Mostly Psychedelics, No fees , No wallets and P2P transactions.

Vendors Shops

These sites are not markets, they are individual vendors who operate their own sites. Since its harder to find reliable reviews for most of these vendor shops, use your judgment before making any purchases.
Marketplace url http://darknet4x3hcv5zp.onion/
Notes Dark Net hosting and vendor shop services.

Markets For Specific Languages / Countries

Dark net markets that are in languages other than English or are targeted at specific countries.
Finnish: Silkkitie: http://silkkitiehdg5mug.onion
French: French Dark Place 2.0: http://ruzh5shkcme2tpfk.onion
Polish: Torepublic Market: URL: http://nco5ranerted3nkt.onion/forum/market.php Forum: http://nco5ranerted3nkt.onion/forum/
Russian: Ramp Url: http://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
Italian: Babylon: http://babylonxjrtdyomy.onion
Italian IDC: http://2qrdpvonwwqnic7j.onion/

New Markets & Under Construction

New markets will spend some time in this section of the list until they prove themselves to be stable enough for the main section.
New Markets (Either new or we have no reviews about them)
System D: http://systemdhigutgo2d.onionForums: http://sdforumsaxdx3iwg.onion/
Under construction:

Misc Links

Shared Coin:
provides privacy for your transactions by combining your transaction with other people’s.
Grams Helix: http://grams7enufi7jmdl.onion/helix
Bitcoin cleaning service – doesn’t just mix your bitcoins it gives you brand new ones.
Open Source Multisig solution
All Market Vendor directory: http://directory4iisquf.onion
Vendor PGP key Search: http://lbnugoq5na3mzkgv.onion
Bitcoin Fog: http://foggeddriztrcar2.onion
Bitcoins mixer and tumbling service
Bitcoins mixer and tumbling service
Bitcoins mixer and tumbling service

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WARNING: Scam attempt: Looks like Pandora & Silk Road 2.0 smell like Sheep

Smells like a Sheep.......

In the last days i get tons of messageges from vendors and buyers from Pandora & Silk Road 2.0 and they all tell me the same things. That you cant login any more (as a vendor at Pandora Market).You can login as a buyer and you can send money to your account, but you are not able to withdraw it any more, so all money you have sent to Pandora is lost.Also the forum and the admins are not available any more.So you didnt get any help or answers.
It looks that they try to find  as much as more idiots they can who send their money to Pandora Market.
If you do that your money is definitely lost.No vendor will ship any item if he didnt get any access to his own account and to his money.At the moment no buyer or vendor can withdraw his bitcoins.
It looks like that the admins of Pandora Market play the same game like the owners of  Sheep Market who stole 40 Million Dollars.

The same things i also heard about Silk Road 2.0.
There is no captcha function, so all doors are open for spam bots, and many people (most of them buyers) told me that they are not able to withdraw their money.
And nothing from the orders they placed arrived in the last days.
If any seller cant get access to his vendor account, and also cant withdraw his money of course he didnt send anything.
For the moment thats all i can say.I will update when i get new informations.
But fot the moment dont send an money to Pandora or Silk Road 2.0.Its the same you burn it or throw it out of the window.

Hydra Market is the only market who works perfect,safe,always available, and i get only good response.Its the only market you can trust at the moment and who really works and is always fast & available (thats just my opinion).But since now i never heard from other users some bad news about Hydra Market.
Notes New marketplace - Offering full multisig transactions,  registration only with referral link, included in marketplace url to enable registration.
Since Silk Road 2.0 is not available because of a DDoS attack, this is the next hot place to be.This market is a absolut hightlight and the most growing market since the last weeks.
You can pay with Litecoin and of course with the good old  Bitcoin.
Have a good shopping time ! See you @ Hydra


I dont know why this happend again and again, but i keep you in touch until i know more.
 The one and only safe market at the moment i can commend is Hydra Market.
 Offering full multisig transactions (most secure method at the moment).

HYDRA Marketplace url:  http://hydrampvvnunildl.onion/register/p9pvmznbsl4n

Notes New marketplace - Offering full multisig transactions,  registration only with referral link, included in marketplace url to enable registration.
Since Silk Road 2.0 is not available because of a DDoS attack, this is the next hot place to be.This market is a absolut hightlight and the most growing market since the last weeks.
You can pay with Litecoin and of course with the good old  Bitcoin.
Have a good shopping time ! See you @ Hydra

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ulbricht's Defense Doubts FBI's Explanation Of How It Found Silk Road's Servers

S Back in August 2013, Reuters revealed that the DEA was receiving information from the NSA about suspects who had no connection to terrorism. Worse still, the NSA then gave tips to the DEA on how to hide that fact from the entire justice system, including judges and defense attorneys.
How a law enforcement agency obtains its evidence is key to trials in America. The technique is called “parallel construction” but a more accurate name would be “evidence fabrication” and the report was concerning to anyone who cares if our justice system has any shred of justice in it.
If law enforcement lies about how it obtained evidence, then it is lying about the credibility of its evidence. Lying about the credibility of evidence is no better than lying about evidence itself. If a judge cannot properly determine how much weight something should hold, or if it should be admissible at all, then how can he or she be expected to come to a fair and just verdict?
By playing loose and fast with the rules, law enforcement is destroying the very systems they claim to protect. It is those kinds of shenanigans that Ross Ulbricht's defense says the government used in the investigation that eventually led to Ulbricht's arrest. Ross Ulbricht is accused of running the Silk Road Marketplace and has been charged with several crimes, including money laundering, narcotics trafficking and a “Kingpin” charge that is normally reserved for the heads of organized crime elements. Ross has plead Not Guilty to all charges.
The key point of contention between the defense and the prosecution at the present moment centers on how the FBI tracked down the Silk Road's servers. The Defense argues that it was done without a warrant, possibly in conjunction with the NSA. The FBI contends that it was the Silk Road's own security lapses, in this case a leaky CAPTCHA service that leaked the information.
We don't know how the FBI obtained the Silk Road's IP address, because the one thing we do know is that it wasn't done the way they said they did it.
For those who haven't been following along: The Silk Road was an online anonymous marketplace that allowed for the selling of anything, legal or illegal, for Bitcoin. Since eBay and Amazon have the majority of the legal market on lock-down, most of the goods and services on the Silk Road happened to fall on the illegal side. Since you can't exactly make a site called and expect it to not be shut down, it ran inside of the Tor network.
The Tor network is a bit like an internet within an internet. Users can use it to browse sites anonymously by going in and out of its nodes, but they can also visit sites that exist in between those nodes, commonly referred to as “hidden services.” This allows users to run a website or service while making is much more difficult for authority types (or anyone else) to figure out who is running the site.
There are some vulnerabilities in the Tor network, and the Government pointed to them in their affidavit. However, the examples they pointed to all applied to Tor users, not the Tor hidden services like the Silk Road. Those are generally seen as secure.
The FBI investigator claims that he figured out the IP address of the Silk Road's Icelandic servers by monitoring information packets sent out from a CAPTCHA service that existed outside of the Tor Network.
Reputable security expert Nik Cubrilovic has a complete break down on exactly why the government's story is impossible. The most damning evidence is that the CAPTCHA used on the Silk Road was not a third party CAPTCHA service but the same CAPTCHA service used by Tor itself.
It is possible, perhaps even likely, that the FBI managed to obtain the Silk Road's server location in another fashion, without the NSA's help. There were known vulnerabilities in the Silk Road's security. The problem is those methods would have required a bit more sleuthing and may have reached a level that makes obtaining a warrant necessary, even in this post-9/11 world where Judges generally give law enforcement whatever they want.
The prosecution has focused on the defense's concerns about NSA parallel construction, painting it as the paranoid delusions of someone who is desperate. But the fact of the matter is, the FBI's story simply does not add up. Once it becomes apparent that the FBI is lying about how it obtained evidence, regardless if the NSA helped or not, they have perverted the trial's results and by proxy, the entire Justice System. That is something that should concern not only the Bitcoin community, but every individual who believes in justice.
Ross Ulbricht's trial is set for November 3rd. You can donate to his legal defense here. Bitcoin evangelist Roger Ver has pledged to back donations made by the community whenever donations reach over US $20,000 in a month.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hydra Marketplace - The next hot marketplace to be with the latest safety features

Notes New marketplace - Offering full multisig transactions,  registration only with referral link, included in marketplace url to enable registration.
Since Silk Road 2.0 is not available because of a DDoS attack, this is the next hot place to be.This market is a absolut hightlight and the most growing market since the last weeks.
You can pay with Litecoin and of course with the good old  Bitcoin.
Have a good shopping time ! See you @ Hydra


How Online Black Markets Have Evolved Since Silk Road’s Downfall

Yarek Waszul
When the FBI tore down the billion-dollar drugs-and-contraband website Silk Road last October, its death made room for a new generation of black-market bazaars—many with better defenses against the Feds. Nearly a year later, more drugs are sold online than when the Silk Road ruled the dark web, according to a study by the Digital Citizens Alliance last April. Here’s how the world of anonymous ecommerce has mutated and evolved over the last year.
Silk Road 2.0
A month after the FBI arrested 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht, the alleged Silk Road creator known as Dread Pirate Roberts, someone else using the same pseudonym launched Silk Road 2.0. This defiant clone of the original claimed that its source code was backed up to 500 locations in 17 countries, so if authorities shut it down, administrators can rebuild in 15 minutes flat. “If Silk Road was taken down we could have it up and running again within 15 minutes,” wrote the new DPR. “Hydra effect on a massive scale.”
In February, Silk Road 2.0 said it had been hacked, losing $2.7 million in users’ bitcoins. Tired of seeing their coins stolen or seized by the cops, savvy users migrated to sites like Evolution, Cloud Nine, and the Marketplace, which allow multisignature transactions—bitcoins are held in escrow at an address agreed on by buyer, seller, and the site. To move them, two out of three parties must sign off on a deal.
A Virginia coder named Brian Hoffman created this open source project to be a fully peer-to-peer uncensorable marketplace: Product listings are hosted on the computers of anonymous users, and freelance arbiters settle disputes for a fee. Hoffman says he’s not inviting in drug dealers, but that he can’t stop them from crashing the party. And with potentially thousands of different computers hosting the network and no central target for the Feds, it could be nearly impossible to shut them down.

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Pandora Market: Is It Gone?

UpdateMarket is back up:  This was the Statement from the Admin:
Sorry guys, my bad, pandora will be back up soon, just serios technical issues combined with holiday time. I am Sorry for that shit !
The Story before was:
The same ritual every 2 months. So we can’t say that we did not see this one coming… Pandora market the fourth largest market (had around 8000 listings at this time) and one of the oldest post-silk road1 markets which already encountered a fair share of problems, consist of a series of issues during the previous months including the famous “hack” that raised the fees to 25%. Just to name a few:
But the market seems to be down for the past week and we did our best to say nothing until now, but since we receive many emails asking about what happened to Pandora – and we have no idea obviously, we can only assume its something along these lines:
Alice, the market admin is no where to be found, the forums are still though. We could only hope that after the so called hack few months ago there were not so many users on the market so not much money is lost, but since this market was around for a while, and was the fourth largest market according to most of the statistics done during this time, we can safely assume that a large sum of money IS in fact lost – assuming it won’t be back of course.
Even if this market will come back at some point it is advised to proceed with extreme caution in case you decide to keep using this market from some reason (We had a couple of cases where Alice was gone for a while and came back later to fix the issue)

We will try and get some more details and update, but as we experienced from previous marketplace scams that were just “gone” without much notice – like with SheepTormarket and Torescrow, we wont be holding our breathe waiting for followup or any further details.
This post will be updated with a notice in case the market will be back online in the next week or so, if not,  the market will be moved to the dead markets section in the Hidden marketplace list, and will be removed from the sidebar uptime monitor.

How to proceed from here?

1. Start here – Multisig Guides
2. Than Continue to here to the multisig category- Updated List of Hidden Marketplaces
Sorry for those who have their money stuck / lost on Pandora, and hopefully this will be sorted and won’t happen again (but we can safely assume it probably will).

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