Open Bazaar Markets

A few of the few open bazaar markets self-described as “Dark Bazaar” Shops or markets. This is an online version of the OpenBazaar shop that promotes the growth of decentralized marketplaces.

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Tabooless Chat Admin Sentenced to Prison

According to several German media outlets, the 50-year-old moderator or administrator of the darknet child abuse chatroom “Tabooless Chat” received a prison sentence of three and a half years for his role in moderating the site. According to evidence revealed in the courtroom, the man confessed to his crimes and had actually been in police custody since November 2017. Roughly one week ago, I wrote about the takedown of the site.
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Chicago Woman Hired a Hitman on the Darknet

A Chicago woman has been charged for allegedly hiring a hitman on the darknet to kill the wife of a man with whom she had an affair. Like many of the darknet “murder-for-hire” cases, the police received a tip from a fake hitman third party that sparked an investigation in early April 2018.

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German Police Bust Darknet Child Abuse Site

German authorities have somewhat of skill when it comes to taking down darknet child abuse forums and chatrooms. The German Federal Criminal Police Office recently took down Elysium. Now, Hanover police and the Hanover Public Prosecutor took down a massive child abuse chatroom with tens of thousands of members. They have also arrested two administrators. The investigation followed a tip Hanover police received in 2017. A member of the chatroom called “Tabooless Chat” accidentally leaked his information in the chat and an unknown third party—a civilian—sent that information to Hanover authorities.
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How to Become a Verified Vendor on Tochka Market

Tochka staff recently announced a new project in an effort to cut down on fraudulent vendors. Vendors are required to send the staff a photo of their product(s) with the Tochka market onion address or the vendor’s username. “Hello, we are introducing Trusted Vendor Verification feature that will help to keep high quality of Vendors, Items and Services on Marketplace,” the announcement read. “Obtaining Trusted Vendor Status is free and mandatory.
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Reddit Bans Darknetmarkets Subreddit

Reddit, in a not entirely surprising move, banned the go-to /r/darknetmarkets subreddit. The subreddit was one of the few that prohibited sourcing and made it through some of Reddit’s previous ban streaks. One “official” subreddit remains: /r/DarkNetMarketsNoobs The ban followed the ban of other (mostly drug) subreddits that either directly or indirectly permitted users to trade/buy/sell illegal items or material that violated Reddit’s TOS. Despite the noise created by former users of the subreddit, the darknetmarkets sub was far from the only subreddit to receive a ban in less than an hour after an unexpected rule change where Reddit staff intentionally banned before speaking with the subreddit moderators.
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