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Shuttering of Largest “Dark Web” Market Places Far from Solving Problem

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Published on : Aug 02, 2017

A short while back AlphaBay and Hansa – considered two of the largest “dark web” marketplaces for illegal items such as weapons and drugs – were shuttered, informed the US Justice Department on July 20. Police in Europe and the U.S., along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) joined hands to close sites purveying illegal drugs.

However, shutting down the two sites has not done much in tackling the problem as trade in illegal drugs and weapons boomed on five similar other sites, Cyberint, an Israeli cyber-security uncovered in a research.

Other Sites See Increased Orders

At present, Dream Market is the leading illegal store. It had a total of 98,844 listings at the end of the July. The site, which came into existence somewhere in late 2013, is now one of the oldest dark web markets. The number of its listings rose by 3,818 during the week.

Trailing Dream Market is TradeRoute, which rose to 17,816 from 14,914 listings in the same period. This represents a gain of 16.3%. TradeRoute also sells forged documents and black market tobacco and alcohol, among other banned items. In fact, TradeRoute is actively trying to woo vendors displaced from AlphaBay.

RsClub Market is the only one of the five sites to sell guns to see its listing go down.

Continuing crackdowns by international agencies for law enforcement are serving to discourage illicit traders away from those sites selling firearms or child pornography. So far sellers have been immune and buyers less immune as they are required to reveal their delivery address.