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Olympus Market Has Likely Exit Scammed

Olympus Market Exit Scammed

As we move into day 5 it’s become apparent that Olympus Market performed the same tricks as Dream Market’s Monero wallet. Go offline for some general maintenance then mysteriously vanish leaving behind clueless support staff and empty bank accounts…

but in hindsight… we all pretty much saw that coming, right? Well…everyone besides Ori and Apollo, who you can’t help but feel at least a little bad for. Ori and Apollo are two of Olympus Market’s forum moderators. Both were sidelined and left in the dark by the Olympus Admins who as of today, have not been heard from in nearly a week.

The issues began last week when vendors at Olympus Market noticed their orders were not finalizing. 6 days ago Olympus published a post in Dread, blaming the same Monero bug that allegedly drained Dream Market’s hot wallet as the reason for the finalize issues, while the rest of the blame was pushed onto strained server resources due to a phisher running a reverse proxy off their site.

The following day the main links for Olympus went completely offline, eventually, this was followed by the Olympus Forum. While we noticed a couple old mirrors of Olympus were still loading fine, those too went dark just a couple days ago. Around that time Olympus was stripped off the DeepDotWeb Top Markets list after receiving the news on Olympus’s current status from HugBunter of Dread.

The forum moderator Ori contacted dread stating “Since today the site is down. All communication channels are dead. There is no way for me to contact any of them.” it was then that the Admin of Dread declared they officially consider Olympus Market an exit scam, based on the lack of an official response from the Olympus Admin and because of the information shared from the Olympus Forum moderator.

Olympus Market Exit Scam
message from Olympus forum moderator regarding the exit scam

Our Admin (DNetSEO) also attempted to reach the admins of Olympus a few days ago, and we also have not received a reply..but that was expected. To be perfectly frank, I figured Olympus would have vanished way sooner than they actually did. Mostly because of how they Just kind of showed up on Reddit last January with a professional looking website, which functioned perfectly and had an overall professional appearance, minus some security issues. What got our attention was the Admin’s claim that their team was darknet market veterans with years experience in managing darknet markets…yet nobody seemed to know who these people were, and by not disclosing the markets they helped within the past I pegged them with red flags from day one.

After about a month of being online, we at Darknet Markets News reached out to the admin of Olympus with a request for an interview. Not only did they agree, they seemed eager to do it. Free advertising. All was going fine until DNetSEO emailed them the list of interview questions which resulted in them dropping all contact with us for over a week before sending us an email claiming they were not interested… due to u reasons he would not mention.

Apparently, DNetSEO did some digging and discovered several key indicators that some of the Olympus admins/staff were involved with a previous darknet market or darknet markets that had pulled an exit scam. While as per usual the interview was filled with idiotic questions we ask Darknet Market Admins during interviews, like “If you HAD to have sex with a pokemon which one would it be and why?”(Just an Example), but it also included A FEW SERIOUS questions about the red flags DNetSEO found. I gather that scared them off. And because of that, we are now too hesitant to ask good interview questions out of fear of the Admin becoming uncomfortable and canceling on us.

Beyond that, there are other Olympus related reports buzzing in the Dream Market forum. Allegedly Olympus Market Admins are using their customer’s login credentials to access accounts on other markets to bleed their wallets dry.

I won’t say “They kind of had it coming for re-using passwords and not using 2FA login”. So be smart. If are guilty of re-using the same on multiple sites then please take a couple minutes right now and go update them. Also set up and secure your accounts with 2FA.

For the new Olympus refugees looking for an alternative darknet market, there are two recommended options. One is for those looking for an established market with lots of options, Dream Market is the by far the biggest. Though there are several complaints about shady support moderators and funds disappearing from peoples accounts. couple options. For those interested in newer, well-designed sites with higher rated customer support, will be better off checking out Empire Market (inspired and modeled after AlphaBay) or Rapture (which is similar to Trade Route).

Dream Market Referrallchudifyeqm4ldjj.onion/?ai=2502947670
Empire Market Referral –  empiremktxgjovhm.onion/ref/12186
Rapture Market Referral – dscv5ng2qlf3abls.onion/?r=LLQqv

FunFact: Our reports suggest exit scams cause a major increase in vendor scamming by both shady vendors who are capitalizing on the general confusion, and trusted vendors strugglings to cover their loss bitcoin, product and time before their supplier shows up in the middle of the night and buries two 9mm slugs in their dog over not repaying the fronted product from last month.

In Retrospect

Is it possible that Olympus could jump back online tonight or tomorrow? Sure, of course, it is. Many people had assumed Rapture had pulled an exit scam after they were crippled for over a week by an aggressive DDoS attack. But, I doubt that’s the case given the entire galaxy of red flags which surrounds Olympus. But I also doubt this is the last time we hear from them. I estimate within the next two years they return to the DNM grind with Olympus Market donning a fresh coat of paint and re-branded under another cliche and meta title like Wolfenstein3D Market or HansagoraReloadedv3.1.

Major Dream Market Vendor, MH4LIFE Busted in Operation Darkness Falls

Operation Darkness Falls

“the most prolific dark net fentanyl vendor in the United States and the fourth most prolific in the world” announced the Press Release published late last night by the United States Department of Justice.

Back in late June, the United States Federal Authorities revealed a massive sting operation that specifically targeted darknet market dealers. Soon afterward over 50 darknet market vendors were arrested and charged in a lengthy operation that spanned several states and involved many federal law enforcement agencies.

But it was not until last night that the name of this massive operation was unveiled to the public, Operation Darkness Falls. This was shared in the same press release that focused on the arrest of the San Antonio couple Matthew and Holly Roberts, better known by their Darknet Market Vendor name, MH4LIFE.

MH4LIFE has been a familiar face for the DNM scene, with a transaction history starting on Silk Road back in 2011.  Since then, MH4LIFE has remained reputable vendor account that has conducted business on Dream Market, AlphaBay, Darknet Heroes League, Nucleus Market and other popular Darknet Marketplaces.  Allegedly their reputation was glowing for providing a wide array of high-quality drugs, and there provide highly praised customer service.

However, it was clear from the press reports that what put a gigantic target on the Robert’s was their decision to sell fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid which has led to an alarming rate of overdose fatalities in the United States.  According to the Justice Department, MH4Life was the most prolific darknet market vendor of fentanyl in the US, and the fourth most known in the world at the time of their arrest.

Charges for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and other charges were filed against Matthew Roberts and Holly Roberts when the two were apprehended back in April.  From 2011 to 2018, the Robert’s distributed various fentanyl analogs, cocaine, MDMA, LSD, heroin, meth, cannabis, oxys, xanax, and more across various marketplaces. Often under different vendor names. The names mentioned in the press release include MH4LIFE, MRHIGH4LIFE, FASTFORWARD, and TRAPPEDINTIME.

When we checked into the reported vendor accounts we discovered MH4LIFE’s Dream Market account was still visible (although marked as banned) and had an impressive rating of 4.89/5 , and over 4,000 verified transactions between Dream Market, Nucleus, Agora Market. But what really stuck out was the most recent update on MH4LIFE’s profile which indicated that they were in trouble, and cautioned customers that addresses and packages may have been compromised.

H14LIFE Busted

 “Code Red. Change your drop spots immediately. This is all I can say. Take the loss and leave negative fb. Assume adress and packs have been compromised. B Do not send messages or inquire about past orders delivered. Please trust and cut ties. This tragic 4 all. 🙁

Email me (PGP) with a new address if you want to risk delivery by Friday on items from this weekend and monday. After this date will no longer be longing in to site or email. I am very sorry about this. No need worring bout the past but be cautious starting now. Safety first. Not sure what happened exactly and will not discuss more 4 op sec reason. E SAFE and God Bless u all 4 being their 4 us.

My advice is to let this die down and don’t draw any unneeded attention to the location it was coming from or to yourselves. Any problem would not come right away but the possibility of being watched. It could just be a scare so take caution and be discreet. Instead of disappearing am being honest. Will delete this soon.” MH4LIFE

The vendor account on Dream Market where the above warning was published shows that their account was banned in May and the last time anyone had logged into the account was dated April 25, 2018.  One troubling thing our team has noticed in the Press Release is it originally claims the couple was arrested in April of this year but goes on to mention the couple operates their vendor accounts until May 12, 2018.  While it may just be a simple error, that’s still worth noting.

It was also mentioned that the Robert’s utilized very professional OPSEC methods when conducting business. They kept their messages and devices encrypted, they purchased all of their postage from third parties with cryptocurrency and used glow bracelets and other objects as decoys in every order.

The Roberts would send their crypto to their digital currency exchanger for cleaning and to receive fiat in exchange.  This may mean their arrest was tied directly to the honeypot laundering service which Law Enforcement took over and controlled for over a year.  Between the laundering service honeypot, and the tens of thousands the Federal Authorities budgeted for blockchain analysis software, it’s clear that LE has a new set of tools and methods to track darknet vendors and shoppers.

That being said, I would like to take the time to shamelessly suggest check out BestMixer.io who are the first mixing service to offer 100% resistance to blockchain analysis. They also charge a low fee, provide several features, and support Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Etherum. Or you can check out Best Bitcoin Mixers of 2018 article for more information.

The Robert’s case is still pending, and filed with the US District Court in Cleveland.  We will continue to follow this case and publish updates as we receive them.

Best Bitcoin Mixers of 2018

Best Bitcoin Mixers 2018

Bitcoin Mixing is a method of trying to hide one’s cryptocurrency paper trail by mixing their cryptocurrency with that other people’s crypto, or by replacing cryptocurrency all together with freshly mined cryptocurrency which has little to no “tainted” history attached to it. By sending bitcoin another cryptocurrency to a Bitcoin Mixing service,  it makes it much harder for LE to trace the crypto history which could tie a darknet market or other type of website, directly to your local bitcoin account or cold storage wallet.

considered by many to be a very vital part of maintaining proper OPSEC.  Over the last couple years there has been an ongoing debate in the DNM community whether using bitcoin mixers is worth the extra steps, some even claim that it’s a pointless step.

Less than 2 months ago the Department of Justice published a press release announcing the largest takedown of Darknet Market Vendors which resulted in the arrest of over 50 vendors and an unknown amount of open investigations.  LE was able to trace the darknet vendors by analyzing the blockchain and tracing transaction history. Eventually leading an easy to follow the path from market wallets, to the vendor’s address. That being said, we feel it’s not only a good idea but a necessary one.

Over the last couple of years, we have been a big fan of the popular bitcoin mixing service called CoinMixer.  CoinMixer was a fantastic, feature rich bitcoin mixer that offered numerous customization features, and was very easy to use, and had an affordable service price.  Unfortunately, CoinMixer closed their doors last month, citing no reason behind their departure.  Since then many of our readers and ourselves have been on the lookout for a suitable replacement to handle our bitcoin mixing needs.

Top Bitcoin Mixers of 2018

In this article, we will be doing an in-depth comparison of some of the most popular cryptocurrency mixing services that are being used today. We will be looking at the overall security of the service, important features, how to properly use a bitcoin mixing service, and we will try to identify common crypto mixing scams and red flags to be on the lookout for when sourcing a Bitcoin Mider service.

BestMixer.io | Best Bitcoin Mixers of 2018

BestMixer.io Overview

Security Score 85%
Design & UX Score 90%
Trust Score 70%
Features Score 90%
Support Score 80%

Special and Unique Features

  • SSL Secured
  • 100% resistant to blockchain analysis
  • Protection against the return of your old coins
  • Mixing strength meter
  • Support for Multiple Languages
  • Supports BTC, BCH, Litecoin, and soon will support Ethereum

Negative Issues

  • Newer Service, no histrocial trust.
  • Lack of reviews (due to newer service).

The BestMixer.io coin tumbler breaks the connection between sending and receiving addresses. This is the main priority of our coin mixer and is necessary for crypto-anonymity. Because the blockchain is a permanent ledger of events, all cryptocurrency transactions are recorded by it. By tumbling your coins using BestMixer.io, you’re able to anonymize information about where you keep your coins, where you send them, and where you receive them from. 

When you send your coins to BestMixer.io, they are entered into a pool of coins along with those of other depositors. Our mixing engine then tumbles your coins along with the others in the pool. The coins you receive as a result are made up of bits from many different sources, thereby scrambling their origins and making them untraceable 

The blockchain network’s transaction speed and the delivery time settings you choose will determine how quickly you receive the untraceable coins in your wallet.

Crypto Support: BTC, BCH, Litecoin, Etherum (soon)
Clearnet Site: Yes
Hidden Service: Yes
Language Support: English, 한국어, 中文 (繁體). Melayu. Portugues. 日本語. Español. Italiano. Français. Русский. Deutsch
2FA Login: N/A. requires no account details
Letter of Guarantee: Yes
Logs Activity: None
Customer Support: Great
Website Design and UI: Very Professional
Multiple Deposit Addresses: Yes, Up to 10
Time Delay Deposits: Optional
Custom Fee Setting: No
API Available: Yes
User Account: Optional
Max Transaction Size: N/A
Minimum Transaction Size: 0.01 BTC
Cost: Bitcoin: 0.001, Bitcoin Cash: 0.001. Litecoin: 0.001 LTC
Recent Scam Reports: None
Privacy Policy: None

Bitcoin Blender | Best Bitcoin Mixers of 2018

Bitcoin Mixer Overview

Security Score 75%
Design & UX Score 30%
Trust Score 90%
Features Score 50%
Support Score 90%

Special and Unique Features

  • Longest running bitcoin mixing service. Opened 2014 and has maintained a level of trust that’s unrivaled by any competitor.
  • The long history of providing great customer support and resolving issues
  • Creating an account is optional.
  • Autotumbling system for regular deposits
  • Admin stores no logs on his traffic or users.

Negative Issues

  • Bitcoin Blender was hacked in 2014.
  • Complaints of missing transactions in past.
  • Higher fees
  • Fewer features

We are a hidden service that mixes your Bitcoins to remove the link between you and your transactions. This adds an essential layer of anonymity to your online activity to protect you against ‘Blockchain Analysis

1. Why Mix Your Coins

Using Bitcoin does not protect your anonymity. This is because Bitcoin works in a public ledger, meaning anyone anywhere can see and follow every transaction you ever make. From the moment you buy your coins, to the moment you cash them out… they can be followed. And if anything along the way can be linked to your identity – for example, if you bought or sold using your bank account, face to face with cash, or even using a voucher from a store with CCTV – then an agency with the right tools could theoretically find you without much trouble. Classic examples of people who might follow your online activity and reveal your identity, are Law Enforcement Agencies, somebody with a grudge, or hackers who have noticed you are moving large amounts of money around.

But by ‘mixing’ your Bitcoins, you are essentially breaking the link between your identity and your transactions – Bitcoin Blender lets you prevent Blockchain Analysis by swapping your coins for somebody else’s. In other words, you deposit your coins into one ‘pot’, and we send you coins from another ‘pot’, breaking the chain.

  • Crypto Support: BTC
  • Clearnet Site: Info Site Only
  • Hidden Service: Yes. http://bitblendervrfkzr.onion/?r=40794
  • Language Support: English
  • 2FA Login: Yes, Optional
  • Letter of Guarantee: No
  • Logs Activity: None
  • Customer Support: Great
  • Website Design and UI: Low
  • Multiple Deposit Addresses: Yes, Up to 10
  • Time Delay Deposits: Optional
  • Custom Fee Setting: No
  • API Available: No
  • User Account: Optional
  • Max Transaction Size: N/A
  • Minimum Transaction Size: 0.01 BTC
  • Cost: Low, Randomized Fees (1-3%)
  • Recent Scam Reports: None
  • Privacy Policy: None

BitMix | Best Bitcoin Mixers of 2018

BitMix.biz Overview

Security Score 75%
Design & UX Score 70%
Trust Score 70%
Features Score 75%
Support Score 80%

Special and Unique Features

  • 24 output addresses
  • Protection against the return of your old coins
  • Mixing bots: telegram and jabber
  • API for your projects
  • Support for Multiple Languages
  • all data is destroyed after 24 hours

Negative Issues

  • Only Mixes Bitcoin
  • Lack of Language Support

All transactions are completely transparent and traceable in the blockchain – database which contains all Bitcoin transactions. If someone somewhere found out your bitcoin wallet address, he or she can trace all it’s transactions history including who sent you coins and where did you spend them.

If you ever (even once) tie your personal data to the wallet, i.e. transfer your coins to an exchange market which used your email, name or phone number,- that market may (willingly or not) slip your data to government agencies which will have no trouble then to find or identify you.

The similar situation can occur in many other cases where you pay with bitcoin for an item or service in any shop, on website or elsewhere. There is very limited anonymity provided by bitcoin architecture. All your incomes and expenses are completely open and transparent to anyone at any time.

Crypto Support: Bitcoin
Clearnet Site: Yes
Hidden Service: Yes
Language Support: English, Russian
2FA Login: N/A. requires no account details
Letter of Guarantee: Yes
Logs Activity: None
Customer Support: Great
Website Design and UI: Professional
Multiple Deposit Addresses: Yes, Up to 24
Time Delay Deposits: Optional
Custom Fee Setting: Yes
API Available: Yes
User Account: Optional
Max Transaction Size: 50 BTC
Minimum Transaction Size: 0.01 BTC
Cost: Bitcoin: 0.4-4% + 0.0005 per deposit address
Recent Scam Reports: None
Privacy Policy: None

Over 50 Darknet Vendors Identified in Massive US Sting Operation

Major Darknet Vendor Bust

June 26th, 2018 the Department of Defense published a press release announcing one of the largest dark web related sting operations to date. According to the press release the operation resulted in dozens of arrests spanning across the United States, and lead to the seizure of a galaxy of drugs, firearms, and crypto-currency and included several law enforcement agencies.

Law Enforcement has been changing the way they tackle crime related to the darknet, as we saw last year with Hansa Market and AlphaBay Market, and the tactic employed this time around is another first. Between the anonymity provided through Tor, Bitcoin, VPN, tails, and other anonymity tools and services meant to provide a layer of protection to darknet buyers, markets, and vendors, Law Enforcement agents are pressed to find creative new methods to unmask their targets. The release revealed that the primary tactic employed this time around consisted of a cryptocurrency laundering service.

The DOJ Press Release revealed that law enforcement agents apprehended a cryptocurrency exchanger named Nicholas J Powell who operated a bitcoin laundering service back in October 2016. With Powell’s cooperation, Law Enforcement was able to gain control of their account and continued to operate the service undercover. LE even began to advertise the service on numerous Darknet Markets starting as early as January 2017. This allowed the Department of Justice to gain full access to the transactions of darknet vendors and buyers that were processed through the laundering service.

The LE run laundering service was eventually advertised and offered across several major darknet markets. LE mentioned the service had a presence in the AlphaBay forums and held some presence on Wall Street Market, Dream Market, and others.

HSI Special Agent in Charge Angel Melendez mentioned that the primary focus of this operation was not to take down marketplaces, but to take down vendors operating on the darknet markets. “When we take down a dark net marketplace, these criminals will move to other marketplaces,” Melendez said during a press conference. “So the focus of this operation was really the bad actors, the people utilizing the darknet to sell drugs.”

Through the access provided by the cryptocurrency laundering service and other methods, Law Enforcement was able to successfully trace transactions from darknet markets directly to the vendor’s personnel bitcoin wallets. While Melendez declined to provide additional specifics into the methods used to trace the bitcoin transactions, he did mention that they were using other tools to analyze the blockchain. Public records do show that HSI’s patent agency invested over $58,000 into Blockchain analyzing technology months leading up to the initial investigation.

The announcement also showed that Homeland Security operated the service for over a year, providing cash for bitcoin and has so far traced over $20 million dollars linked to drug-related crimes. So far the operation has lead to the arrest of over 40 darknet market vendors, and the seizure of over $3 million in cash, large quantities of pharmaceuticals (over 24 kg of Xanax and 100k tramadol pills), 300 models of synthetic narcotics, 100 grams of fentanyl, 2000 bitcoin, 100 guns (including a grenade launcher), bitcoin mining hardware, 15 pill presses and other drugs and properties. The current total value of seized goods holds an estimated value of over $20 million dollars.

The press release also included the named the following vendors apprehended in the sting operation who have been federally charged.

TrapGod – Antonio Tirado and Jeffrey Morales of Bronx NY (Arrested June 18). Federal Agents claimed they recovered U.S. Postal Service shipping boxes, already addressed to customers around the United States.

Cannabars AKA TheFastPlug – Jose Robert Porras III, 21, and Pasia Vue, 23, both of Sacramento who operated on several darknet markets including Trade Route, Wall Street Market, and Dream Market.

Sawgrass aka Ross4Less aka ChristmasTree – Daniel Boyd McMonegal, 35, of San Luis Obispo and Mariposa, California who mainly operated on Dream Market.

TheSource aka BonnienClyde aka BnC aka BCPHARMA aka Money TS – Nicholas J. Powell, 32, and Michael Gonzalez, 27, former and current residents of Parma, Ohio.

Several Unmentioned Accounts – Sam Bent, 32, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont (and formerly of East Burke, Vermont), and his cousin, Djeneba Bent, 26, also of St. Johnsbury who operated several accounts and shipped orders from several different post offices in Northeastern Vermont and Northwestern New Hampshire.

Over 50 darknet vendor accounts have been identified according to the Press Release.

The operation has spanned across New York, Maryland, and several other states, and has involved the DEA, US Secret Service, HSI, US Postal Service and other Federal Agencies. It is currently unclear if this operation will lead to vendor arrests in other countries, but according to the present information there are still several open investigations and the case is ongoing.

AlphaBay Market Vendor, Pirate, Arrested

Darknet Markets Pirate Arrested

A New Jersey drug operation which originated on the dark web has resulted in the seizure of over 10 Kilos of cocaine in total, with over 3 kilos discovered in a Monmouth County stash house.

DEA agents searched the home in New Jersey on August 30th and uncovered 4 kilos of cocaine from the property. After the initial raid, the LE source informed the police that they had purchased cocaine and other substances from a darknet market vendor known as Pirate on the now-defunct AlphaBay Market.

The LE informant cooperated with the DEA in an attempt to arrest Pirate, the darknet market vendor.  The source contacted Pirate and arranged for him to ship the source a package of cocaine and marijuana, and in exchange, the source would pay Pirate an amount of bitcoin and ship Pirate’s customers fentanyl.

In September, the court papers show that 7 kilos of cocaine arrived in New Jersey. The shipping receipts that Pirate had sent to the informant shows that the packages had originated in Southern California.

Pirate requested that the informant ship 2 kilos of fentanyl press pills to a customer in Minneapolis.  The informant agreed, and working with Law Enforcement, 2 kilos of fake pills were shipped to the customer address. US Postal Inspectors attempted a controlled delivery of the fake pills, but nobody came to the door.

Over the next month, Pirate contacted the informant and discussed shipping up to 50 kilograms of cocaine to New Jersey if the informant would be interested in shipping fentanyl to Minneapolis. At this point, Pirate offered to visit New Jersey, along with his cocaine supplier so they could meet the informant in person.

The informant agreed to the meeting and they arranged for Pirate to pay $100,000 USD for the informant to supply a person in Minnesota with a large quantity of fentanyl.

In November Pirate flew to Newark Liberty International Airport and arranged for the informant to meet him at his New Jersey hotel.

The informant traveled to the hotel, along with an undercover DEA agent who was hiding a recording device.  Pirate introduced himself as Ali Mumin Hagi-Sufi and introduced his cocaine supplier, Ali Muridi Hagisufi, to the informant and undercover LE.  Ali Mumin Hagi-Sufi (Pirate) gave the informant $20,000 USD and assured the rest would be provided from someone on coming the next day. The also discussed an ongoing exchange of cocaine and fentanyl which would span across Ohio, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

Both Ali Mumin Hagi-Sufi (Pirate) and his cocaine source, Ali Muridi Hagisufi were arrested for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analog, using a cellphone to commit a felony, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

 

How to Safely Access and Buy from Dream Market

Our Ultimate Dream Market Tutorial

So you are interested in Dream Market, the world’s currently largest and most popular darknet market. In this tutorial we will cover everything you need to know about creating a Dream Market, Setting up your Dream Market 2FA to protect from hackers, and the steps needed to easily and safely make a purchase on Dream Market.

The first step is to make sure you have a secure connection and the only way to do that is by investing in a reliable, and trusted VPN service.  While it’s true that Tor will mask your internet connection, having a solid VPN is a secondary and important security measure that should always be used, and for the security provided, the low monthly cost is easily justifiable.

There are numerous options for a VPN, literally hundreds of choices. But not all VPN services provide the level of security you want when navigating Darknet Markets such as Dream Market.

One major issue is a lot of VPN services keep logs or records on their customers. We have already done research into various VPN services and we personally recommend checking out NordVPN.

NordVPN provides dual-layer, military-grade encryption, they do not keep any records on their customers, they accept bitcoin as a form of payment, and they have a free 3-day trial which does not require a credit card.  You can check them out here. Yes it’s a referral link, and no a VPN is not required, but we highly suggest it.

Don’t worry, we are not some shady spam site that’s going to try and scare you into spending money on our affiliates, and we sure the heck are not going to hide the affiliate factor by masking our links…unlike some shady ass sites that are out there.

Dream Market Tutorial | Darknet Tools

Outside of the VPN, we suggested above, there are a few tools you are going to need in order to even access Dream Market.

Dream Market GuideThe Tor Browser | Dream Market Tutorial

The Tor Browser is basically a modified version of Mozilla Firefox, and it’s required if you ever plan on surfing the dark web.

Tor is available on a few different platforms in order to work on nearly any device from the basic Windows computer to Android Phones (however, we discourage using a mobile device due to OPSEC issues.)

What Tor does, it encrypts your internet connection by relaying it through several different connections across the world.

Dream Market Guide Tor BrowserBut since you want to learn how to access Dream Market rather than the technical aspects of an internet browser, we won’t waste your time on that for the pure reason of ranking. We will detail that elsewhere, so let’s cut to the chase.

Head over to the website run by the good people of Tor Project and grab yourself a copy of the Tor Browser, and install it on your computer.  https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html.en

 

PGP Key | Dream Market Tutorial

Using PGP Encryption is an absolute must.  You need it in order to communicate with vendors on Dream Market, it’s required.  You also need PGP in order to protect you Dream Market account with  2-Factor Authentication.

YOU MUST PROTECT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH 2-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION OR YOU WILL BE HACKED AND LOSE YOUR BITCOIN.

Is it required by Dream Market? No…but you are a F&CKING IDIOT if you don’t use 2FA. Even seasoned Darknet Market vendors have had their accounts phished and lost thousands for skipping this step, don’t ever think it won’t happen to you.

PGP tutorialSo head over to the following website and grab a copy of GPG4WIN and if you want instructions on how to setup and use PGP you can find our AWESOME Noob friendly PGP guide here. https://www.darknetmarkets.com/pgp-encryption/

 

Bitcoin Wallet | Dream Market Tutorial

If you plan on buying anything from Dream Market, you are going to need bitcoin. If you plan on grabbing bitcoin, you will first need a place to store it on your computer.  That’s why we need a bitcoin wallet.

Dream Market URL Guide WalletWhile we actually recommend using Bitcoin Armory for storing your bitcoin on a personal computer, it’s an absolute nightmare to configure for a novice, and for that reason, we recommend our second choice Bitcoin wallet called Electrum.

Electrum is easy to setup, free, open source, and one of the most popular bitcoin wallets available.  Go ahead and download and install Electrum on your device. https://electrum.org/

 

Bitcoin | Dream Market Tutorial

Lastly in your must-have toolkit is a form of cryptocurrency.  While there are a few options of cryptocurrency accepted by Dream Market, the most popular is Bitcoin. So for our Ultimate Dream Market Tutorial, we suggest using the default, Bitcoin. If you are interested in a more secure or secondary option, Dream Market also offers support for Monero and Bitcoin Cash.

The easiest way to acquire bitcoin is through local bitcoin.  Local Bitcoin is fast, does not require a bunch of verification like Coinbase or similar, and you can purchase bitcoin with a bank transfer or even locally via an in-person cash trade.

How to access Dream MarketAnother great option for grabbing bitcoin is by purchasing through a bitcoin ATM if they are available in your area.

You can check out localbitcoins here and yes this is a shameless affiliate link to their site (using our links helps support us and keep our site online) https://localbitcoins.com/?ch=6xu0

 

Dream Market Tutorial | The Ultimate Guide

Dream Market URL | Dream Market Tutorial

The first step is to acquire a safe Dream Market URL. Over recent years phishing has become a major concern and problem in the darknet markets community. There only two very important steps you need to take in order to reduce the chance of falling prey to a phishing hack on your account.

  1. Safe Links – Always make sure you get your Dream Market or other darknet market links from a reputable website. While we would love it if you use our links (we verify and update them daily), you can also find links at DeepDotWeb.com.  We do not recommend getting your links from anywhere else other than us, or them.
  2. 2-FA Security – Enable 2-Factor Authentication on all of your darknet market accounts.  This way, your account will remain safe, even if you accidentally fall prey to a shady phishing site by accident.

Verified Dream Market invite URL: http://lchudifyeqm4ldjj.onion/?ai=2502947670/

Once in a while Dream Market may go offline due to a variety of reasons.  Mostly this issue is caused when they are updating a feature on their website, or if they are being attacked by a DDoS.  If any case the above, main Dream Market URL is not working, you can try one of these verified Dream Market Alternative Links 

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If you are already using Tor you can click directly on the links above. If not, copy and paste the link into your Tor browser to navigate to the Dream Market account creation page to begin creating a Dream Market account.

Create a Dream Market Account | Dream Market Tutorial

Once the Dream Market account creation page loads, you can go ahead and fill in the required information.

When creating a Dream Market username, or a username on any Darknet Market, make sure the name is different than anything you have used in the past. You don’t want to ever be connected to your darknet accounts, and by using a unique name it will better guarantee your anonymity.

Dream Market URL Account InviteAlso, choose a password that you will remember, and that is secure. Our personal recommendation for creating a strong password is to choose 3 regular words, 1 made up word, one symbol, and one number.

This makes it highly unlikely it will ever get cracked via a dictionary attack, and it can still be easy to memorize.

Example: DoggyChasesBallsDooogles!8

Also, make sure that you choose a pin number that you won’t forget. If you need to write it down, keep it somewhere secure without any indication that it’s related to a darknet market account.

For example, write it on a piece of paper and label it Outhouse number or something irrelevant. The pin number is required whenever you want to withdraw funds from your Dream Market wallet, or if you ever forget your password for some reason.

If you lose your pin number, you can kiss any bitcoin you have in your account goodbye. Don’t Lose Your Pin Number!

Once that is all set, and you have all the information filled out you can go ahead and click the “Register” button to move on to the next step.

Setting Up PGP Key | Dream Market Tutorial

Now you need to setup your PGP key in your account. This is mandatory as it’s the only way you will be able to contact a vendor to relay them information about your order, including your delivery address.  You also need your PGP setup in Dream Market to protect your account with 2-Factor authentication.

How to Access Dream Market URL PGPIf you don’t already have a PGP key created, go over to our PGP Tutorial and follow the instructions to set one up.  If you already have a PGP Key ready to go, click on your username at the top of the page to navigate to your account settings.

Once you get to your settings page, scroll down to the section that says PGP Key and copy and paste your PGP key into that field and clicks the “update” button to save your key in your Dream Market account.

Now, Dream Market may or may not have you verify that your PGP key is valid. If not, no problem. If it does, just follow the steps they give you to verify the key.

Setting Up 2-FA Login | Dream Market Tutorial

Do Not Skip This Step. Do Not Skip This Step. DO NOT SKIP THIS F#CKING STEP!

Sorry, but I still find it absolutely embarrassing that people fall prey by phishing links ALL THE TIME when everyone should know better by now.

All it takes is a couple minute to set up and includes one quick extra step when logging in…and it can save you a LOT of money, time, and frustration.  We are going to enable 2-Factor Authentication on your account.

If the concept of it makes you nervous, let me break it down so you understand it better.

All it means is this. Nobody can access your account unless they have access to your PGP. So once it’s enabled you will have to decrypt a message with your PGP key and enter the decrypted code whenever you log into Dream Market…thats it. Simple. Worth it.

To enable 2-FA on your Dream Market account, make sure you are still on your account settings pages and located the section labeled “Login Method” and select 2-FA (Password + PGP) from the drop-down menu. Once that is done click “Update”.

Dream Market URL 2FA TutorialNow Dream Market will log you out of your account to verify your 2-FA.  So go ahead and wait for the Dream Market login page to load.

Once it’s finished loading, it should show a field that asks for only a username and captcha code. If it does not, click the link labeled “2-FA Login” in the top corner of the screen.

Enter your username and complete the captcha code. Now you will see the 2-FA login screen which asks you to decrypt a message with your PGP key.

How to use Dream Market 2-Factor Authentication LoginCopy and paste the message into your PGP clipboard and decrypt the message with your key. Then copy the decrypted message into Dream Market, enter your account password and login.

How to buy from Dream Market 2-FA GuideNow your account is secure with 2-FA which means you’re already smarter than hundreds of seasoned Dream Market users. Sleep soundly tonight.

Finding a Product | Dream Market Tutorial

PGP is set up, the account is secured, let’s go shopping. Navigate over to the Dream Market homepage by clicking the “Shop” link in the top menu.

Dream Market has a fairly straightforward form of navigation, with a standard filter that can help us easily locate the product we are looking for.  In this tutorial, let’s say we are theoretically looking to buy weed.

How to Order on Dream Market URLFirst, click the “ship to” drop-down in the filter and choose the country you reside in.  Followed by the “ship from” drop-down and choosing a country you wish your product to come from.

It’s always best to choose a product that is shipped from your own country so opt for doing that. This filtering arrangement will make sure we are only seeing offers from domestic vendors.

If you only want to see an option for a specific category you can also use the “category” drop-down in the filter. Feel free to use any of the other options to narrow down your search.

Buying From Dream Market DarknetOnce you spot a product that interests you, go ahead and click on it to navigate to the product page.

Vetting the Vendor | Dream Market Tutorial

Now you might want to jump right in and smash that order button, but noooot so quick. Let’s play this outsmart to limit any chance of being scammed or worst… Anyways, here are some steps you should always follow when considering a vendor on Dream Market.

  1. Product Description – Read the description on the product page thoroughly.  See if the vendor has any specific requirements for ordering with them, such as address format and if they require FE.
  2. Product Reviews – Scroll down to the reviews section to see reviews for that product. Sometimes the reviews will contain recent ones, often not. It’s uncertain if Dream Market hides negative reviews, but we have more safety protocols to protect us.
  3. Vendor Information – Click on the vendor’s account name at the top of the listing to navigate to the vendor’s information page.  This will usually contain a description that includes a wealth of important information. Such as Ordering protocol, and if the vendor is on vacation or not.
  4. Last Active – This section on the Vendor page tells you when they were last logged into their Dream Market account.  If it says they have not logged in for a day or longer, we suggest moving on to a different vendor who has been active in the last 24 hours.
  5. Feedback – You can also check recent buyer feedback compiled from all the recent purchases from that vendor. Pay mind to the most recently dated ones, and their overall feedback score to see if there is a high number of low scores for the past 30 days. If so, find another vendor.

Dream Market Best Guide 2018Once you have found a vendor who has a trusted reputation, and that has been recently active in their Dream Market account you can move to the next step.

Safely Adding Funds | Dream Market Tutorial

So now you have decided upon the product you would like, and you need to add bitcoin to pay for the product.  Now, you could just send bitcoin to your Dream Market wallet address directly, but we suggest not doing that and here is why.

Over the years new technology has been released which makes tracing bitcoin transaction relatively simple, this is especially true for law enforcement. The last thing you want is to have a dirty Dream Market wallet address that traces back your personal wallet in a simple to view straight line.

We can fix this issue by taking advantage of a thing called a bitcoin mixer, or a bitcoin tumbler. Bitcoin mixing is a service provided by a few different websites. You send your bitcoin to the service, and they mix them with other peoples bitcoin and send them to a wallet address of your choice. This better masks your bitcoin transactions and makes it very difficult to track. We have a great tutorial, which includes a video, that details how to mix your bitcoin using the tumbling service CoinMixer.

You find our bitcoin mixing tutorial here

You can visit our recommended mixing service here:  

Follow the instructions in our Bitcoin mixing tutorial, but set the deposit address as the bitcoin address for your Dream Market account which can be found by clicking the money sign in the Dream Market main menu. This will send all the mixed, and harder to trace bitcoin directly to your Dream Market account.

Dream Market Bitcoin TumblerDon’t send any more bitcoin to your market wallet then you plan on spending. You should store bitcoin on your personal bitcoin wallet at all times.

Placing an Order | Dream Market Tutorial

Now that you have found a reliable vendor who is offering the product you would like to purchase, and mixed our bitcoin with a bitcoin tumbler before sending them to our market wallet, we can finally place the order.

Scroll to the bottom of the product listing page and select a shipping option, enter the quantity you want to purchase and click the “add to cart” button.

Dream Market Add ProductNow you should automatically be directed to the shopping cart to finalize the purchase and if not you can go to your cart by clicking the shopping cart option in the main menu.

Now all that’s usually needed at this point is entering your shipping information.  While you can enter the shipping information and request Dream Market to encrypt your message for you, we recommend not doing this and choosing to encrypt the message yourself.

Copy the Vendor’s PGP key and import it into your GPA keyring. Type your delivery address into the GPA clipboard and encrypt it using the vendor’s PGP key then copy and paste the encrypted shipping information into Dream Market and click the order button.

Watch your Order Status | Dream Market Tutorial

Now that your order has finally been placed just monitor the order status.  In 1 or 2 days you should receive a message in your inbox when the vendor accepts your order, and another message when the vendor has marked your order as “shipped”.

If you placed the order on a Friday, the vendor might not see it until after the weekend, so don’t worry if you don’t receive a message for a couple days.

Once the order is marked as shipped, you just need to wait for your order to arrive. Be vigilant when checking the mail as orders are often disguised for better security.

If you are using escrow instead of FE, which you always should, the vendor has 16 days to make sure the order is delivered before the money that is held in Dream Market’s escrow is automatically deposited into the vendor’s account.

If it is getting close to the 16 days mark and you have not received the order, or if you have any issues with the order you can request an extension through the order page.

If the order has not arrived after the extension or if you have complications with the order that has yet to be resolved, you must open a dispute with Dream Market.

If you have received your order, and are 100% satisfied with your purchase. Log in to your Dream Market account and finalize the order, then leave appropriate feedback about your overall experience.

Now you know how to safely, securely, and properly access and place an order on the world’s largest Darknet Market, Dream Market.

 

 

 

How to Use PGP Encryption

PGP Tutorial Noobs

PGP Encryption is one of the most important and primary aspects of proper OPSEC, especially when navigating or using Darknet Markets.  We have also received countless requests for a tutorial about using PGP so decided it was time to make a simple tutorial and video on how to properly setup PGP on your computer. For this tutorial, we will be using the popular PGP platform, GPG4WIN.

1.) For the first step, head over to the website, then download and install the GPG main software onto your machine. https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

2.) When you begin to install GPG4WIN on your device you will be greeted with a popup window showing a few different options to include when installing GPG4WIN on your device. You will notice that by default GPA is not included. Since we plan on mainly using GPA make certain that you check the box before continuing with the installation.  Once you check the GPA box you can go to the next step by clicking “Next”.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

3.) If GPA does not automatically start after the installation is complete go to your start folder, or if you have it on your desktop, double-click the program so it starts.

4.) On GPA’s first run, it will notify you that you do not currently have a PGP key setup and asks if you would like to make one. Click the button “Generate New Key”.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

5.) The GNU Privacy Assitant window will now open and ask you for you to enter your name. Since we want the best OPSEC possible, we suggest entering a fake name or an alias that you have never used for any accounts in the past. Enter your alias and click “Forward”.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

6.) Now GNU will ask for your email address. As with the previous step, we don’t want to use any email account which can be easily traced back to us.  Since we will not need a real email for using PGP we suggest entering a non-existent email account, making sure that the email domain also does not exist. Once that is filled out click “Forward”

 

7.) Your PGP key will begin generating and soon a new popup will appear requested a password for you PGP Key.  Make sure you enter a good, strong password, and if it’s not something you can easily remember, make sure to write it down and store it in a safe place. If you lose your password you will not be able to decrypt messages or unlock accounts that have 2FA backed by this PGP key.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

8.) GNU will now ask if you would like to make a backup key pair. We suggest you do this and select an easily accessible folder to export the keypair to so you can locate it on your device.

9.) Now go and find the keypair you just backed up.  Once you located it open the file.  By default, your computer may not know how to open the file as it is saved as a .asc extension.  If that is the case you can right click on the file and select to open the file with a basic text editor of your choosing. For this tutorial, we are using Notepad++ as our text editor. You can find Notepad++ here if you would like to use it. https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v7.5.6.html

10.) Once you open the file you will find a large block of text.  This is your PGP key.  It’s the key you will add to your accounts, so people can use your key to encrypt the messages they send you.  Any messages encrypted with your PGP key can only be decrypted and read by you.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

How to Encrypt Messages with someone’s PGP Key

Now that we have properly set up our own person PGP key, how do we go about sending an encrypted message to another person using their PGP Key? This is a very easy process and only takes a few steps to complete.

1.) Find the PGP key of the person you want to contact and copy it.  Create a text file and paste the person’s PGP key into that text file and save the file.

 

2.) Start GPA and click the keys tab in the main menu and click the button “Import Keys”.

 

3.) Locat the text file you just saved with the person’s PGP key and click “Open”

4.) If everything went smoothly you will see a popup window that shows that a PGP key was properly imported into your keyring.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

5.) Now go to your keyring window and click the button that says “clipboard” in the main menu.

6.) GPA clipboard should open and you can now enter the message you would like to encrypt with the person’s PGP key. Go ahead and enter the message.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

7.) Once you finish typing the message click the “encrypt” button in the main menu of the clipboard.

8.) Now you will see your keyring that contains all the PGP keys of people you have imported, including the one we just imported for this tutorial. Locate the PGP key of the person you wish the message and click “encrypt”.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

 

9.) The message you typed in the GPA clipboard is now encrypted with the PGP key of the person you wish to contact. You can copy and paste the encrypted message into whichever platform you are messaging the person and only they will be able to decrypt the message using.

PGP Tutorial Noobs

How to Decrypt a PGP Message Sent to Us?

Now let’s see how we can decrypt a message someone has sent us using our Public PGP key.  These are also the same steps you will be following when you have set up 2FA protection on your Darknet Market accounts.

1.) Open GPA and click the GPA clipboard button on the main menu.

2.) Copy and paste the encrypted message into the GPA clipboard.

3.) Click the “Decrypt” button on the Clipboard’s main menu.

4.) If you use multiple keys, select the PGP key you know was used for encrypting your message and select “decrypt”

5.) Now a popup window will request the password for your PGP key. Enter your password and click OK.

6.) Soon the message will decrypt and you will see the decrypted, readable message in your GPA clipboard.

Now you know how to safely, and properly use PGP. You know how to create a PGP key, how to add a PGP key to your keyring, how to encrypt messages and how to decrypt messages sent to you. Now make sure to use PGP on all of your accounts, and be sure to setup 2FA with your PGP key as well. If you have any questions or requests for future tutorials, go ahead and let us know in the comment section below or message us using our contact us page.

Dream Market Fentanyl Vendor “Doggfood” Arrested

Dream Market Vendor Arrested

A 32-year-old Ex-Postal worker in Baltimore has been arrested for allegedly selling Heroin on various Darknet Markets using the Vendor name “Doggfood”.

Cory N Skinner of Pikesville, better known by his darknet market moniker “Doggfood” pleaded guilty to intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin, along with various other drugs including cocaine and now faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Dream Market account of DoggfoodDoggfood was a fairly popular heroin vendor on Dream Market, according to DarknetMarkets.com research. But his popularity was not due to his sales, but rather a bad reputation for adulterating his product with Fentanyl. Leading to many of his customers becoming sick.

Doggfood’s product was confirmed to be cut using fentanyl after chemical testing was done of his product by the harm prevention forum DNM Avengers, who posted the results several months back. A quick search of DNMAvengers for the mention of Doggfood pulls up several posts and threads full of complaints regarding DoggFood’s product, provided customer service, and numerous accounts suspecting fentanyl to be the main ingredient for the product Doggfood sold as Heroin.

According to court documents, Law Enforcement began their investigations after the death of a police officer who worked for the University in Arkansaw. Detectives discovered a priority mail package which was sent from Baltimore. 2 additional packages were intercepted by USPIS (United States Postal Inspector Service) which was connected to the package sent to Arkansas. The additional packages contained about 3 grams of heroin. All of these packages had Skinner’s fingerprints on them.

DoggFood DNMAvengersUS Postal Inspectors in Maryland also were investigating Skinner between September 2017 and January 2018 and had intercepted over 47 grams of Heroin and more than 80 Buprenorphine packs that were split between 20 or more packages. This leads us to believe that Skinner may have been placed under arrest in early 2018, at the end of the Maryland investigation, but we have no information to verify that.

Through the entire investigation, it was determined that Skinner had sold an estimated 100 grams of cocaine, over 200 packs of Buprenorphine, and almost 300 grams of heroin as a Vendor on the Darknet Market, Dream Market. Upon arrest, detectives discovered mailing supplies, more than $6000 in cash and additional, a 9mm firearm with ammunition, evidence to support his ties to darknet markets which included the laptop Skinner used to access and use his Dream Market account.

We did further research into the Dream Market vendor, DogFood, and discovered he had vendor accounts on both Wall Street Market and Tochka Market. Though his sales on both markets are zero, we found it alarming that there were still live listings on his Tochka account. We verified that both accounts belong to DoggFood by verifying the PGP key, which was also used for his main account on Dream Market.

We also found it troublesome that DoggFood’s Wall Street Market account shows that someone logged into DoggFood’s account about a month ago. This is very suspicious as it has yet to be discovered what date Skinner was apprehended by law enforcement. This leads one to believe that Law Enforcement or one of DoggFood’s friends may have access to his account information.

Skinner is facing 40 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on August 13th for his involvement with Darknet Markets.

Dream Market Bans the Sale of Fentanyl

Dream Market Bans Fentanyl

In an unexpected turn of events, Dream Market has banned the sale of Fentanyl and Carfentanyl. Dream Market, the largest and longest-running Darknet Markets is the first of the 3 major darknet marketplaces to outright ban the sale of fentanyl.

Market Support member Gowron announced their decision in the Dream Market forum on May 20. It’s still unclear if there is going to be any resistance from its large community of opioid vendors, but as of now, we have yet to see any protest from the Darknet Market community.

Fentanyl is the now popular pain medication which has heavily affected the opioid epidemic in America, and it’s popularity as a street drug has been growing in other western countries.

According to reports, it is much stronger than heroin, and a fraction of the cost, which is one reason it’s often used as a cutting agent in other opioids and leading to a very high overdose rate.

Recently, the American President Donald Trump has made reducing the fentanyl epidemic one of his primary objectives. Over the last few months, Federal Agents have arrested hundreds of fentanyl dealers, revoked licenses of script selling doctors, and have been delivering heavy sentences to anyone caught selling the drug.

Some fentanyl sellers are even being charged with manslaughter if their product is directly tied to an overdose. The US President has even named Darknet Markets, such as Dream Market, as one of the root causes of the epidemic.

Dream Market has not yet explained it’s reasoning behind their decision of banning fentanyl. One speculation is to protect the safety of its users. Or if it’s a power play to reduce being a target for US Federal Agents.

By banning the sale of fentanyl, Law Enforcement will most likely shift its time and efforts towards competitive markets that openly allow the sale of fentanyl and other opioid analogs.

Dream Market Bans Fentanyl

In the most recent Dream Market vendor’s who have been arrested and charged with the sale of fentanyl, the vendors were not labeling their product as fentanyl. The Dream Market vendors were selling fentanyl as other opioids such as heroin or oxycodone.  Such as the case with OxyGod and Doggfood, two major fentanyl distributors from Dream Market that have been arrested. So, it remains uncertain how Dream Market staff or the Dream Market Admin will be enforcing this new rule, or what the consequences will be if a vendor is caught selling the fentanyl-laced product.

One idea is Dream Market could partner with DNMAvengers, a dark web forum that promotes harm-reduction. DNMAvengers provide a product testing service where anyone can send them a small sample of a drug, which they test. Once the results are tallied, the DNMAvengers staff uploads the final information to their forum, along with the source or vendor username who sold the product.

>> Read Our Dream Market Review <<

Only time will tell how the Dream Market Ban on Fentanyl will impact the growing opioid crisis, or if it will be enforced accordingly. But the fact that the worlds largest Darknet Market publicly announced an outright ban on fentanyl is in itself good news and a big step in the right direction. Good job Dream Market.

Dream Market Review

Dream Market Review

Number of Listings   123,000+

Dream Market URL  http://lchudifyeqm4ldjj.onion/?ai=2502947670

Dream Market Forum  http://tmskhzavkycdupbr.onion/

Dream Market first launched in late 2013 and is currently the most successful Darknet Markets.  After the Law Enforcement takedown of AlphaBay and Hansa back in 2017, refugees of both sites relocated to Dream Market, which quickly rose to the top of the Darknet Market List.  This is our full Darknet Market Review of the largest Darknet Market of 2018, Dream Market.

For our review of Dream Market, we factored in several important variables.  Security, Listings, User Interface/Design, and Features are the primary categories which we rate individually for Dream Market.  This will be the ongoing scoring platform we will be using for future Darknet Market Reviews.

Dream Market Review | Listings: 5

Dream Market earned a perfect score for their listings. This is because Dream Market has by far the most listings in the Darknet Market Comparison List currently online. Not only does Dream have the most listings, their listing count isn’t padded with an overabundance of garbage such as digital goods.

This is a surprise given Dream Market’s size, as even AlphaBay allowed vendors to make thousands of digital goods listings which polluted various categories meant for physical goods.

In terms of listings quality, Dream Markets listing quality is very high.  If a marketplace had 100,000’s of listings, and almost all were digital goods it would merit a score of 1 for the listing calculation.

While some may blame vendors for digital goods pollution, we feel it’s up to the market support team or admin to monitor and moderate their market so this is not a common issue.

Listing Quality on Dream Market

103,000+ of listings, with 64,595 Drugs, 4,607 Services, 50,118 Digital Goods, 640 Drug Paraphernalia and 1,322 Counterfeits. Below are two breakdowns of data showing the overall categories and subcategories of products.

One thing that we did notice on Dream Market is the quantity in subcategories does not add up to match the total listed for that main category.  For example, Drugs displays 64,595 products in that category, however when we add up all the Drugs subcategory total we reach a sum of 62,525.

This means there are 2070 product listings under Drugs that do not have a category and are not classified under “Other”.  We are not sure what the 2070 product listings are, we believe it to be a combination of product listings that don’t fit into any of Dream Market’s subcategories and listings that may have been suppressed for whatever reason.

While there are a lot of digital product listings, Drugs are by far the most popular item listed to Dream Market, making up over 52% of the listings.  In total, we see the most prevalent overall products are Stimulants, Cannabis, Information, E-Books, and Ecstasy.  If you would like to see us publish more Darknet Market data please let us know in the comments below.

Dream Market Review | Security: 3.5

Market Security is one of the most important areas for a Darknet Marketplace. Without topnotch security, the market is sure to be taken offline either by hackers or law enforcement. For our review of Dream Market’s security, we combined website security and market security features to reach our overall score of 3.5.

As of now, Dream Market has no current security issues that haven’t at least been addressed or resolved. They also offer a few vital security features to their users.

Dream Market Security Features

  • Timestamped Last Login Activity
  • Link and Alternative Link Verification – Auto
  • Link and Alternative Link Verification – Manual
  • 2FA Login (Optional)
  • Mandatory Withdraw Pin
  • 2FA + Password Login (Optional)
  • Auto Logout
  • BugBounty Program
  • Built-in Bitcoin Tumbler (Optional)
  • Market Wallet History Delete
  • Market Wallet History Autodelete (2 Days)
  • Delete All Messages Button
  • Order Delete Button
  • Auto-Delete Order History
  • PGP Encryption for Messages
  • High-Cost Vendor Bond ($750+ USD)

While Dream Market does have a good amount of important security features, including some that are unique to Dream Market, they are lacking some equally important features.

One of the important features missing from the list is Multisig for Bitcoin storage.  This puts vendors and buyers on Dream Market at risk of losing all of their funds if Dream Market decides to exit scam, or if they are brought offline for whatever reason.

If this review was based solely on market security features, Dream would have easily scored a 4 or a 4.5..unfortunately for them, we are also including past security issues…and there have been plenty.

Dream Market has had some pretty serious security issues in the past, however, this could be due to the fact that they have been online far longer than any other Darknet Market.

Dream Market Past Security Issues

  • Server IP Leaks – One major leak was obsessed about soon after AlphaBay and Hansa fell, leading many to speculate Dream Market was under control by Law Enforcement. While this is a reasonable concern it is simply not true…and we are dumbfounded by the number of major news sites who reported this as a possible LE takeover, yet failed to do any basic research to confirm this. We looked into this issue and it turns out the IP leak began in 2014 after an update to Dream Market’s messaging system. The site was quickly moved to another server, however, the IP address was left in the code for whatever reason.
  • The Arrest of Forum Admin – In fall of 2017 a forum support administrator for Dream Market was arrested by federal agents as he attempted to enter the United States. The support staff member, known as OxyMonster, supplied LE with login credentials to his laptop and phone which lead to his capture. It is still unclear what another data LE was able to obtain from OxyMonsters devices and if they gained market or forum access.
  • Delayed Banning of Compromised Vendors – During Operation Bayonette where LE obtained access to AlphaBay and Hansa, they discovered the login credentials for many vendors worked in other markets. This allowed LE to infiltrate Dream Market using the accounts of many vendors. Even though the accounts were reported, it took Dream Market several weeks to ban the compromised accounts.
  • Market Wallet Corruption – In fall of 2017, one of the main market wallets became corrupted, leading to a large amount of bitcoin to disappear from several user accounts.  While Dream Market claims to have replaced the missing bitcoin, several users attest they have not been fully reimbursed.

Because of the major security issues that hit Dream Market in recent history, this has significantly impacted their overall security score.

Dream Market Review | Features: 3

Dream Market Screenshot May 2018
Dream Market Screenshot May 2018

Features are another important part of any major market. Without important features that make the market standout, it will be overshadowed by its competition. While most features are usually security related, there are other important features which are commonplace for Darknet Markets to enhance its overall usability.

Dream Market Features

  • Previously Mentioned Security Features
  • Market Forum
  • Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Monero Support
  • Messaging System
  • Conference System (Group Messaging)
  • Search Filter
  • Exchange Rate Widget
  • Alternative Links/Mirror Links
  • Market Escrow System
  • Help/Support Pages

As we can see in our Dream Market Review they has most of the run of the mill features, and some unique ones as well..such as the conference system. Unfortunately Dream Market loses more points in this category for missing the mark here. They have yet to implement several security features, the only offer language support for English, and their search filter is relatively standard. Overall score, another 3.5

Dream Market Review | Design: 3

Another missed mark for the Dream Market Review is its overall design. Even if this isn’t the most important ranking factor, it’s something users want. Good, modern design brings a professional overall feel to a market, and for Dream Market’s success, there is no example why it’s never received a proper facelift. Dream Market is reliable, stable, and functional, it looks like it was designed in Geocities by a teenager.

Dream Market – 2014
Dream Market 2014
Dream Market in 2014

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Dream Market – 2018
Dream Market Screenshot May 2018
Dream Market Screenshot May 2018

 

Dream Market Review | Final Thoughts

Dream Market is the biggest Darknet Market by far, and given it’s been online longer than any of its competition there is no wonder it has faced issues with its security history.

It is a stable market, the site is very functional and it has an outstanding uptime even when faced with major DDoS Attacks that bring other markets to their knees. But..their customer support has more complaints than all the other markets combined, the site’s design is dated, and Dream Market has done little to resolve those issued.

Our advice to Speedy would be to evaluate it’s support staff members, their response time, and other factors and adjust his system accordingly. Have more communication and involvement in the forums or Reddit, directly rather than through staff members. Add multilanguage and multisig support, and publish a major design update.

For now Dream Market remains at the top of their list, and according to Dream Markets Admin Interview with us, they won’t be leaving anytime soon.  No matter how big you are, there is always room for improvement. It’s their perseverance, popularity, and age that keeps the number 1 sport on our Darknet Market List as Dream Market.

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