Law enforcement is starting to make criminals doubt the dark web

A new study revealed that users of the dark web market are beginning to lose confidence due to the repression of the authorities and the „current volatility“ within the space, resulting in the instability of darknet sites to establish a fixed presence.

According to cyber security company Trend Micro on June 7, repressive measures in the Dream Market, Wall Street Market, Valhalla and DeepDotweb markets have created uncertainty among users regarding the unstable security infrastructure that dark web sites have been providing.

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Fears of „exit scams“

The report details that after March 2019, when the police closed the darknet sites, sales activity slowed down considerably.

Doubts began to grow among users about their anonymity when making transactions, as well as an increase in outbound scams – sites that suddenly close and steal money from customers – and covert actions by authorities within markets.

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The lack of confidence in the darknet markets led to the creation of a site called DarkNet Trust, which was created to verify the reputation of vendors by searching for usernames and PGP fingerprints.

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dark web marketplace managers were also forced to add new security features such as wallet free markets, multiple signatures in Immediate Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR) and javascript free policies.

Trend Micro explains that a marketplace without a wallet is a method where payment is made directly between the buyer and seller, and the marketplace gets a monthly commission instead of transaction fees.

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The report also notes that new encrypted email services such as Sonar and Elude emerged „suddenly“ as users accused Protonmail of helping the police.

In recent months, therefore, there has been more widespread scepticism from users.

Cointelegraph reported on May 31 that a hacker stole and leaked the database of Daniel’s Hosting (DH), the largest free web hosting provider on the dark web and the home of several cryptomone-related forums and stores.