Users of Nightmare Market logged who recently logged into the market may have noticed a lengthy message in their list of notifications. The message, an official one from the Nightmare staff, highlighted the changes made to the market’s Monero payment system and other overall improvements.
The New Version of Dream Market Has Launched
In March 2019, Dream Market announced that the market would be shutting down. A partner company would be launching a market as a Dream replacement. After a couple of silent months, many suspected no such partner company even existed. Now, in early July, Dream Market’s replacement–SamSara Market–has launched.
Alleged Hansa Market Admins Charged in Connection with Pirated eBook Site
During the investigation in 2017 that led to the seizure of both Alphabay and Hansa Market, German law enforcement arrested two men for operating a pirated eBook shop online. Both men also allegedly operated Hansa Market. Now, two years after the bust, German authorities have charged the alleged operators of LuL.to for their alleged fraud and copyright law violations.
PSA: Empire Market is Back Online
Empire Market temporarily dropped offline on June 28. People spreading phishing links on Reddit and other forums made a lot of money. The unexpected downtime had some of the most reliable sources questioning the status of the market. This is simply a public service announcement that Empire Market is back online and that dark.fail has working mirrors.
Nightmare Market Update Brings Dark Mode, Speed Improvements, and Stability
Less than an hour after posting that Nightmare Market had temporarily entered maintenance mode to update the site’s design in a major way, the market came back online with an all new interface, bug fixes, and a promise that more features will be available in the future.
Nightmare Market Enters Maintenance Mode Ahead of Design Overhaul
Nightmare Market, one of the most popular and consistently available darkweb marketplaces, has entered maintenance mode to finalize a design overhaul with fixes for the deposit feature and a more simple interface for both buyers and sellers on the market.
Libertas Market Shuts Down Due to 'Lack of Use' on I2P
Libertas Marketplace, less than one month after moving to the I2P network and shutting down their onion service, is closing up shop on I2P as well, citing the “lack of use of I2P.” In a closing message, the market, the Libertas admin claimed all marketplaces on the Tor network are honeypots operated by law enforcement.
Update: Nightmare Market Deposits and Withdrawals are Working
In response to many of the people reporting deposit issues with Nightmare Market, the marketplace’s staff published an announcement on Dread that shed some light on the issue. And as of June 20, deposits and withdrawals on Nightmare Market work without issue.
Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: the "Empire Exit Scam" Message
In June, a Dread user uploaded a picture of supposed evidence that the largest darkweb marketplace, Empire Market, planned to exit scam on July 7, 2019. The screenshot—purportedly between a vendor and the administrator of Empire Market—is likely the work of someone actively spreading misinformation about the marketplace.
Seizure Banner Update - Authorities Arrest Three Suspected Admins of France's Biggest Darkweb Market
On June 12, French law enforcement arrested the three suspected administrators of the French DeepWeb Market, the largest darkweb market in France. The administrators are facing charges in connection with the drug trafficking that took place on the site and several related crimes.