Cryptonia Market, like many of the markets impacted by the ongoing DDoS attack against dozens of markets and forums, gave in and issued a lengthy mirror list and claime they would try to keep at least one of them up at all times during the DDoS. The new system has allowed users to access the market through at least one of the published mirrors since the update.
CGMC Silently Shut Down
CGMC, also known as the CannabisGrowers & Merchants Co-op, ended operations in May 2019. According to at least one prolific CGMC vendor, the market had issues with withdrawals prior to shutting down but did not steal user’s funds.
International Law Enforcement Seizes DeepDotWeb, Arrests Admin
The darkweb news site DeepDotWeb, the primary source of darkweb market related news, was seized by several law enforcement agencies on April 7, 2019. Law enforcement in Israel, Brazil, France, Germany, and the Netherlands participated in the investigation and arrested a number of suspects.
Department of Justice Announces Wallstreet Market Seizure and Med3l1n Arrest
The United States Department of Justice announced the seizure of Wallstreet Market, the arrests of the three market administrators, the arrest of the support member Med3l1n, and the arrest of two of the most prolific vendors on Wallstreet Market.
Europol Announces the Takedown of Valhalla Market
Not long after the German Federal Criminal Police Office announced the takedown of WallStreet Market, Europol followed up with an announcement of their own, revealing that Finnish Customs had seized the Valhalla Marketplace.
German Federal Police Announce WallStreet Market Seizure
The German Federal Police have announced the WallStreet takedown and arrests of three suspected marketplace operators or staff members.
Dream Market: Speedstepper Investigations by Two Darkweb Researchers
A darkweb researcher published an analysis of information that allegedly identified Speedstepper, the notorious owner and operator of Dream market. Another individual, based on original research, claimed to have taken the identification of Speedstepper even further.
Brief Update: Wallstreet Market Has Exit Scammed
Wallstreet Market, the most prolific darkweb maketplace, has exit-scammed and stolen millions of dollars in Bitcoin and Monero.
Cryptonia Market Manifesto
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We are activists and individuals who enjoy the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming the limitations of software systems to achieve novel and clever outcomes. We do not condone the use of drugs or any of the products sold by our vendors. But we believe in the cause of freedom. And we believe freedom of trade is the right of all human beings. Just like freedom of expression and religion. While we agree that drugs are a problem for our society, we believe that the current regulations around the world do not have the people’s best interest at heart and only serve as instruments of oppression. Most countries have accepted the fact that addiction is not a crime but a decease. Yet they continue to wage war against their own afflicted citizens. It is barbaric!
Over the past few decades freedom fighters from the free and open source software movements have given us the tools to fight this oppression. But it was the development of Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, that changed everything in 2009. It enabled near instant and anonymous/pseudonymous transfer of assets on a global scale without any centralized authority. Black markets where all sorts of regulated goods could be bought and sold soon emerged as hubs of free commerce and a thriving community developed around them.
Unfortunately, the community has been thrown into chaos recently. Trusted markets have fallen due to poor design and monumental OPSEC mistakes. New markets continue to appear only to exit-scam with their users’ funds after a few months. One has to be naive not to think that it’s the same scammers doing it over and over again. Unless we put an end to this it will destroy not only the DNM community but the cryptocurrency community as well since black markets are an essential part of the Bitcoin ecosystem.
As geeks, we believe that with the right technology most of these problems can be solved. That’s why we have set out to build the perfect darknet trading platform. We have looked at the problems that are destroying our community and we have come up with unique and innovative ways to keep your funds secure and minimize the amount of trust required from both vendors and buyers.