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The law enforcement may have shut down Alphabay Market, but the darknet drug markets are alive and even booming in the very same niche. In ten days following the Alphabay bust, the dark web is teeming with dozens of new markets and thousands of new dealers serving growingly anxious Alphabay refugees. Some of these online entities promise to offer greater product reliability and less risk of doxxing than Alphabay.
According to Dark Web researcher and carnegie Mellon computer science professor Nicolas christin, the site was estimated to have average sales of between $600,000 and $800,000 a day on contraband items.
Alphabay refugees will need to migrate to other black markets for drugs because they prefer a constant supply of their drugs using non-violent ways. Some of them are now turning to invitation only centralized markets selling high-quality cannabis, cocaine, or LSD. Including drugs, a host of contraband items and service are for sale, including money laundering, secret foreign bank accounts, hacking techniques, forged techniques, spam tools, and weapons.
Fraudulent listings frequently appear on some of these lesser used underground, online networks. Furthermore, desperate users on the
darknet have now taken to selling their accounts on sites like hansa Market for a sum as small as 0.03 Bitcoins.
The Alphabay bust has also led to a crisis of confidence. Vendors and buyers have realized that despite the anonymity-providing infrastructure, one tiny operational mistake can turn out to be costly. Moreover, the number of people posting about getting scammed has shown that not all anonymous marketplaces are without risk either.
Police forces worldwide must now add Tor-hidden sites, Pyramid Market, hansa Market, and Dream Market. Invite or referral only markets like T*chka Free Market, The Trade Route, house of Lions, zion Market and Wall Street Market exist too.