Treasure Hunting with Russian Drug Vendors

What if treasure hunting between drug dealers and buyers was commonplace? Well in Russia, facilitated by RAMP, the Russian Anonymous Marketplace, it is.

Treasure hunts are reminiscent of a playful childhood. Parents hiding treasures around the house, or perhaps the garden, giving clues to gleeful children on how best to find treats in their hidey holes.

We’ve seen adult treasure hunting explode across the world through geocaching, where people use GPS coordinates to leave small treasures, where others then locate the treasure and mark it off an online list.

And now there’s a new form of treasure hunting exploding in Russia: scoring drugs, by way of tricky GPS locations, pictures, and clues, facilitated by RAMP, a Russian deep web drug market.

Russia and drugs

In Russia, drug use and distribution is taken very seriously. While in other places around the world, drug policy may focus on user rehabilitation, this is not so in Russia.

Drug cases account for over 1 in 5 prisoners in the prison system, and possession, even of very small amounts of marijuana, can land you an extended stay in prison.

However, as we all know, this system doesn’t deter drug dealers and drug users from spreading and consuming drugs: it only makes them more clever in the ways that they go about trading.

RAMP the Russian Anonymous Marketplace

This Russian language market mainly deals in drugs and is structured as a message board.

Deep web marketplaces are nothing new. It has been over five years since the rise of these black markets, places online where illegal (as well as legal) goods and services like drugs, counterfeits, and hacked accounts are traded, all anonymously, via the Tor browser.

RAMP is the Russian Anonymous Marketplace, the most popular deep web market in all of Russia.

This Russian language market mainly deals in drugs and is structured as a message board, where dealers advertise their wares, and potential buyers message them to arrange a trade.

RAMP transactions are either conducted in either Bitcoin or via phone transfer.

However, unlike online marketplaces in other parts of the world, which typically send drug packages via the postal system, RAMP generally operates as a drug drop system or a treasure hunt.

Treasure hunting with RAMP

Drug drops are done in a very discrete way with RAMP. After funds have been transferred to a RAMP seller (a treasure man), the treasure’s GPS coordinates and a picture of the pickup spot are sent to the RAMP buyer.

This treasure is often placed by the seller days, weeks, or even months in advance, where it awaits a buyer requesting that exact substance and amount.

What it means for buyers is that they might be sent on a mad treasure hunt in a far-flung location within the city.

Sometimes RAMP drugs are hidden a little too well, or even not well at all, which can result in a buyer not finding the package, or even discovering that the package is not there.

A feedback system for RAMP

This is all detailed in public feedback to the seller on RAMP. Customers will detail whether they had a good experience in their RAMP treasure hunt, one that involved far more effort than should be necessary or one that resulted in them going home empty handed if they weren’t able to locate their treasure.

Some treasure hunts may result in customers searching for treasure for hours, especially if they are in a strange area like abandoned buildings, rubbish dumps, or even in the woods.

Searching for RAMP hidden treasure on private property can also draw the eye of others.

One customer’s feedback berated the seller for hiding a package on university property, when the buyer was not a student of the university, and required getting their details recorded in a guest register, simply to gain proper access to the grounds.

Will treasure hunting for drugs become a common practice in other parts of the world, too? It seems logical that a less risky method of delivery than the postal system would become a regular practice.

Perhaps in the years to come, we will see people hunting around areas, seemingly looking for something. Perhaps these people could even pass off their strange behavior under the guise of geocaching.

If RAMP can make treasure hunting popular in Russia, then it stands to make sense that another marketplace could do the same in other countries. Only time will tell.

RAMP Has Become The Longest-Lasting Darknet Market

Russian-language banner adsDarknet markets have a short shelf life. They have a certain innate tendency to implode, leaving behind a whole host of angry sellers and buyers in their wake.

Darknet markets that go offline for good either fall prey to:

  • The site administrators, via an “exit scam” when they run off with users’ bitcoins that they’ve been holding in escrow.
  • Hackers, by hacking in and stealing the bitcoins in escrow – often a claim of site administrators, but who can tell if they’re telling the truth or simply committing an exit scam themselves?
  • Law enforcement, if they track down the site administrators, seized funds, and shut the site down.

Of course, there are some markets that go offline of their own volition; however, it’s generally due to low numbers of users.

The Russian Anonymous Marketplace, or RAMP, is a darknet market that bucks that trend.

The RAMP site has been open since September 2012, so is fast coming up for their four-year anniversary.

They now have the prestigious title of the longest lasting darknet market.

A site created for buyers and sellers to trade in psychoactive substances, RAMP remains popular and continues to operate in a space where many have failed.

The second oldest marketplace that still open is Valhalla, which was created in October 2013, a year after RAMP.

RAMP and resilience

So just what makes RAMP so resilient? That cockroach that survived the nuclear war survived the blasts of Operation Onymous when law enforcement raided big names like Silk Road 2.0, Pandora, Cloud Nine, and Hydra, survived the lures of untold riches, and remained out of reach of hackers, how did it do that?

The answer lies in RAMP site setup. Three things, in fact.

  • RAMP is in Russian, based in Russia, and owned by Russians

Law enforcement in the US, the country that leads the majority of attacks against deep web enterprises has no say in law enforcement matters in Russia.

  • RAMP follows strict laws of operation

To stay out of the crosshairs of police action, the site actively operates under strict rules including no political talk, no violence, or arms, and more.

  • RAMP holds no funds in escrow

Because the site allows buyers and sellers to do deals without acting as an intermediary, there are no funds in escrow to steal. The market makes money just on seller fees.

These three design elements may not have been included with resilience in the administrators’ minds.

However, it appears that these three elements have been the key to the market’s ongoing success, and avoidance of the pitfalls other markets have succumbed to.

Operation in other countries

While RAMP is mainly Russia-based, the site also has sub-forums dedicated to other regions in Eastern Europe, which include Belarus and even Ukraine.

Ukraine has been at war for over 2 years, and yet it’s still relatively easy to find yourself a good score on the deep web there.

There are dealers in Ukraine offering everything from MDMA to weed, heroin, cocaine, 2CB and LSD.

Although Ukraine has its very own darknet market, PsyCo, RAMP remains popular due to being one of the largest non-English speaking markets.

In a world where war chugs along slowly, there needs to be an escape, and drugs can offer just that.

RAMP is not available for doing business outside these countries. For example, if you were in North America, you’d have to try your luck elsewhere.

Distribution networks for the site mainly work over a system of dead drops, where a seller leaves a package in a hidden place for a buyer to then pick up later.

As you can imagine, both buyer and seller (or an associate) need to be in a similar geographical location for this system to work.

Accessing RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace)

Russian Anonymous MarketplaceWhy not browse RAMP yourself to have a look at how it operates? With some clever use of the Tor browser, a translation app, and a little bit of Google-fu, you’ll be able to access the site yourself. Grab yourself a login and password and browse the forums.

You can check in on conversations on shop boards about the quality of their goods, perhaps ask some questions in Russian, and get to know something just a little bit different from the regular.

If you’re in Russia or Eastern Europe, then you might just be able to go ahead and set up the deal too, if you so desire.

Make sure to check customer reviews for shops before making any purchases.

RAMP Has Outlived Its Competitors

russian dark webSilk Road. Atlantis. Utopia. Evolution. Agora. Nucleus. Darknet markets have a rich history of burning brightly before disappearing – either seized by authorities or coming offline without warning, never to return again. But what about RAMP?

RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace)

Do you know about RAMP? RAMP, short for the Russian Anonymous Marketplace is the world’s oldest deep web marketplace. You might not know it by name, but that’s because the site is Russian.

You know Russia, right? That far north mystical place where the temperature chills right down, and they’re known for vodka and hitmen?

Well, maybe you’ve been watching too many movies, but the idea of Russia being a goldmine for certain underground activities really does shine through in RAMP.

RAMP was established in September 2012 and has been online ever since.

The site itself is less like the traditional escrow markets that you’ve probably encountered while browsing around the deep web and operates instead like a forum.

How RAMP works

Sellers put up ads for their items for sale under various categories, which buyers can then contact them through.

The payment is handled entirely between the buyer and the seller, so RAMP itself only generates income through seller account fees and advertising.

Because RAMP doesn’t hold funds in escrow for transactions, it means there is no point to the administrators doing an “exit scam” as they wouldn’t be able to make off with users’ funds.

The site is mainly drugs based – you won’t see weapons or the like for sale on it, and there are strict rules about what can and can’t be posted.
Most of the time the handover of the package will happen by something called a “dead drop.”

A dead drop is when the seller puts the package somewhere hidden in a public place which a buyer will then pick up after they’ve paid the seller via Bitcoin.

Is RAMP only for Russians?

RAMP Has Outlived Its CompetitorsBecause the RAMP site is in Russian, you’ll either need to be able to read Russian, know someone that does, or be very clever with Google Translate if you want to use it! Because the majority of sales are dead drops, you’ll also need to be in the country if you want to do business on the site.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, you might be able to do business via mail, but it’s not standard procedure.

RAMP is also available in a few other regions in Eastern Europe. They are listed on the site in their own categories, one for each country. There are a lot less listings available for these countries, however.

Why it works

So just how did a forum-based Russian language darknet market outlive all the rest of its competitors? Well, that’s because it’s all Russian, and it’s a forum.

Because it’s a forum there’s no reason for the administrators to shut it down to exit scam, and because it’s Russian it avoids the far reach of the US justice system.

Russia is known for giving a big middle finger to any attempts from US authorities to try and gain information from the country.

You’ll remember that Edward Snowden can live freely in Russia because there is no extradition treaty with the US, and the FBI has no clout in the country.

Russia and the US are hardly what could be described as comrades, more like neighbors who are just tolerating each other barely!

There has always been a strong underground criminal element in Russia, and they also lead the way in underground activity online.

An organized system where everyone knows their place and anonymity is guaranteed means that the darknet markets such as RAMP can continue to flourish.

With anonymity a given and no definitive taskforce to tackle online darknet markets, RAMP is sitting pretty. The site can continue to operate without much fear of retribution.

Because the market doesn’t allow items like weapons, talk of violence, particular drugs like heroin, or talk of politics, it operates within the confines of what is reasonably allowed by law in Russia.

It avoids contentious items and topics and so is not going to be a target for lawmakers.

With this in mind, other people who would be considering starting their own darknet market could take RAMP as an example of how to do it right.

Owned and operated in a country where police aren’t interested in bringing it down, and hands off with money, it’s simple, and it’s effective, too.

While the administrators aren’t going to get suddenly rich overnight, it’s a reliable system.

RAMP Accepts Litecoin

litecoinHow many different cryptocurrencies do you have in your e-wallets? Let’s see, there’s Bitcoin, you may have holdings in Bitcoin 2.0 technologies Ethereum or Ripple… and how about Bitcoin alternative Litecoin? Cryptocurrencies have steadily been gaining influence on world markets, but just where can you spend your hard-earned coins?

Well, in the case of Litecoin, if you’re a fan of deep web marketplaces, and you’re traveling to Russia or Eastern Europe, you might like to use them on RAMP – the Russian Anonymous Marketplace.

About RAMP

RAMP is the longest running deep web marketplace online and is a Russian language forum site that operates across Russia, with a presence in other Eastern European countries including Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Accessed via Tor, the site is a haven for drug vendors and buyers and is the biggest marketplace of its kind in the region. RAMP has evaded the grasp of organizations such as the FBI and CIA because it is run entirely by Russians, in Russia, where the US has no authority. In fact, Russia deliberately is non-cooperative with US operations in the space, which explains the market’s longevity.

The vast majority of deals done on the site are a one to one interaction between buyer and seller where the buyer places an order directly with the seller and then places the Bitcoin funds required directly into a seller’s wallet. After this, a “dead drop” occurs.

A dead drop is where the drug stash is hidden in a public location across the city somewhere, where the buyer has to travel to and pick it up. Some sellers will put the stash after that the order has been placed and then message the buyer to pick it up when they’re finished. And some sellers will have multiple stashes around the city already, so they can send a customer to a pickup spot as soon as the funds have gone through.

For a long time, Bitcoin was the only accepted cryptocurrency.

RAMP and Litecoin

litecoin-coinsAccording to the admin of the marketplace, Darkside, RAMP offers Litecoin alongside Bitcoin because of the fluctuations in the value of Bitcoin at various points in time. “Due to the extreme unpredictability of bitcoin on our site is now possible payment with LTC (with the administration, as well as with the dealers if they want to).”

Bitcoin is known to suffer from extreme fluctuations in its value, whereas Litecoin does not follow the same fate. This means, that if people are using Litecoin on the site, they won’t have to pay astronomical fees one month and then half that the next as they might with Bitcoin. With Litecoin, they’re offered a stable alternative.

How does it work?

The functionality exists within RAMP to pay for your vendor account with Litecoin. Vendor accounts cost a certain amount of cryptocurrency on each marketplace, which is how they make their money. In the overwhelming majority of markets, the accepted cryptocurrency to purchase vendor accounts is Bitcoin.

This is not the case on RAMP – not only do they accept Bitcoin, but Litecoin as well.

There is also the option to conduct transactions in Litecoin between buyer and seller. Although the marketplace is not setup to accept funds as an intermediary between buyer and seller, if both buyer and seller have Litecoin wallets, they can easily make a transaction between themselves in Litecoin.

The Future

The more each marketplace diversifies the methods of payment they allow, the better off they will be. By limiting themselves to just Bitcoin, a marketplace isn’t doing themselves any favors. People like options. Whether it’s Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal on the Clearnet, or Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Ethereum on the deep web, having choices allows people to conduct transactions in any way that they please.

RAMP is a hugely successful marketplace because they understand their market. Dead drops are easy, and you can get your drugs in just a couple of hours, multiple currencies are handy for those who don’t like Bitcoin, a forum-based marketplace without the Escrow system means that there is no point in “exit scamming” as no user funds are held in Escrow for the admins to pilfer, and running a purely Russian deep web marketplace will avoid the risk of coming into contact with the FBI or CIA.

Although RAMP may look simple to outsiders, this is where its beauty lies. The foundations of the platform are solid. So if you’ve got any Russian or Eastern European friends, or planning on taking a trip over there yourself, why not check out RAMP and see what it’s all about – especially if you’ve got a computer full of Litecoin!

7 Good To Know Facts About The Deep Web

deep webWe hear about the “Deep Web” and our minds immediately turn to the suspicious, opaque, cyberspace underworld where malicious hackers and darknet market drug smugglers mingle to discuss privately and securely with an air of anonymity through technological methods that are as obscure as their pseudonyms suggest. But the deep web is so much more for those who have the willpower and acumen to traverse its surreptitious expanse. To help the willing and able below is a list of 7 key adages about the deep web that you probably didn’t know.

1. The terms deep web and dark net have different distinct meanings

deep web and dark netMany use the words “deep web” and “dark net” interchangeably but they actually reference two different concepts. Deep web refers to any part of the internet that is not indexed or retrievable via a search engine, including both dark net sites and benign content such as corporate intranet sites. The dark net is an overlay network of the Internet that is part of the anonymous encrypted network. These sites cannot be retrieved by the search engine and are hidden, blocking access from standard web browsers such as Chrome. This is where the darknet markets for drugs, weapons, and other goods exist. To access the dark net, Tor, the anonymous browsing software must be used.

2. It’s not all criminal in nature

It might shock some people who have never been on the dark web to know that most sites visited, and goods sold are also available on the Clearnet. According to Tor, only 1.5% of the overall traffic on Tor is affiliated with hidden sites. Often the assumption about the deep web is that its visitors are only there for the illegal goods such as drugs. However, the majority of its users find its ultimate utility in protecting their regular browsing habits to ensure their online activity remains private.

3. It’s widely used in countries that are infamous for their repressive policies towards online information

Citizens of countries that limit access to the Internet are more likely to utilize the the Tor network on the deep web for anonymous browsing and communication hidden from government monitoring. Activists and political dissidents in Russia, China, and elsewhere heavily use Tor to escape limits on free speech and then media as well as to ensure the freedom of their ideas through anonymity and security from government persecution.

4. The deep web is not invulnerable- OPSEC still matters

Just because your browsing is anonymous, your identity can still be discovered and any illegal activity, such as purchasing illegal goods on darknet market sites, can be investigated if you practice poor OPSEC. Case in point; Ross Ulbricht, creator of Silk Road, was busted as are the result of blatantly poor OPSEC by posting his private email address online. He is not the only one to be caught. According to Gwern Branwen, over 300 people affiliated with the Dark Web for have been arrested for things like sex trafficking, gun running, and drug dealing since 2011. This should be warning enough for those of you too smug to think that you will not get caught on darknet markets. So be vigilant and deliberate in all your perusing and always think with the mindset of taking as many security precautions as possible. One of the most obvious is you doubling your encryption and security with a VPN.

5. The community is not as user-hostile as one might assume

There are plenty of blogs posts similar to this one and online forums that help novices navigate the deep and sometimes intimidating waters of the deep web. In terms of purchasing, people are usually helpful with providing vender recommendations and product reviews on darknet market site forums. As long as you are vigilant and willing to put in the effort, the user-friendly manuals and advice blogs will help you overcome the learning curve that intrinsically exists with any new endeavor a person takes on.

6. The deep web has search engines and secure email browsers

The deep web is much like the Clearnet in this aspect in that it has search engines and email clients. Popular search engines include Search Tor Hidden Services, not Evil, Candle, and TORCH, although each is vastly different and as a result, has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you want to search. For email services, there are several options, including Sigaint, ProtonMail, Tutanota, Lavaboom, and Lelantos to name a few. If you’re unsure which email browser you should use, there are several places featuring blogs that explain the pros and cons for each (thus reinforcing Point #4 about user-friendly guides to help you navigate around).

7. There’s a code of “Deep Web Etiquette” to adhere to

From even a cursory perusal of deep web forums, it’s clearly obvious how users interact. Those who respect the system and its technique find the deep web is a community of similarly-minded people who want to help one another navigate the deep web. Most are willing to help out anyone with questions, so long as the question shows you did some research first. Those who do not respect the system will inevitably get called out by others as lazy and ignorant. So do your fair share of due diligence before posting anything to ensure against sounding like a newbie who lacks the self-initiative to do their research. A question with an answer that can be obtained from a simple browser search is a bad question and should be avoided at all costs. In short, the deep web community is characterized very much by “you give what you get,” the more you put into your research, the more you will get when you do ask for help.

Drug Education Site “Erowid” Was Blocked But RAMP Is Thriving Fast

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In Russia, there are plenty of drugs; you’re just not allowed to talk about them. Internet censorship runs rife – except on the dark web. With RAMP, the Russian Anonymous Marketplace, still thriving, the underground community embraces drug culture away from prying eyes. RAMP is a forum-based dark web site.

Internet Censorship by region

internet-censorshipMany regions around the world put various blocks on their internet access so that citizens can no longer access various domains. In Singapore, trying to access a porn site will likely result on you landing on a boring placeholder page saying the site you are trying to access is no allowed. In Indonesia, you can’t even access Reddit.

This form of internet censorship varies from geo-blocking, whereby the site locks you out based on where you live. For instance, you may have noticed this geo-blocking when you’ve tried to browse to a video site in the US if you live in Australia, for example.

Some countries are also a little more ruthless in their blocking of information. China is notorious for their internet censorship, banning citizens from accessing not only Google, but Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and even the New York Times – alongside many others. Other countries have varying degrees of censorship, and often the rules can ramp up and change swiftly, seemingly without rhyme or reason.

Censorship and Russia

imrsBack in November 2012, Russia, reputably one of the world’s biggest hotspots for illegal trading, enacted their internet censorship bill that was based around protecting children from harmful information. This includes information related to child pornography, suicide, and drug use. Additions to the law were added at a later date to include references to extremism.

The law is enforced by the Roskomnadzor, or the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. The agency has been ruthless in their blocks, with everything ranging from torrenting sites, to online gambling. The agency has even put temporary blocks on sites such as Wikipedia and Github. They are particularly judicious when it comes to things such as attempts to rally protests and anti-government chatter.

The drug website blockings in Russia

Swiftly after the first set of blocking, which involved the vast majority of .ru drug sites, they made moves to blocking other drug related sites hosted in other areas of the world. One such site that fell victim to the Roskomnadzor was Erowid, in February of 2013.

For those who aren’t familiar with Erowid, it is a not for profit organization set up to educate people about illicit and non-illicit drugs. The website contains a wealth of information from scientific papers and journalistic articles, to large scale survey results, to user experiences, and other sources. It is perhaps the most well-known and well respected large scale source of information on drugs that exists online.

The factual site provides a beacon of hope for people wanting to find real information regarding drugs amidst a sea of misinformation that exists outside it. As one Reddit user so cleverly put it “I use Erowid as a harm reduction site.” The site is extremely useful for people who do use drugs to use them more safely. In Russia, removing this site from the web may have actually made drug use more risky.

And the real irony of the situation (and where RAMP fits in)?

While the Roskomnadzor are busying themselves to ramp up blocking websites left, right, and center, the irony of the situation is that the dark web is flourishing in Russia with sites such as RAMP. Many sites developed in other nations around the world are choosing to obtain hosting in the country, because in Russia they steadfastly refused to release information to other countries or cooperate with worldwide investigations, and hosts ask for no identifying information.

RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace)

The oldest existing dark web marketplace, RAMP, is growing daily, too. RAMP is a Russian language drug marketplace that allows for private interactions between buyer and seller. RAMP operates as a forum where people come to buy and sell drugs. And it’s getting bigger, too. Has anyone benefitted more from the swift exits of other dark web marketplaces more than RAMP? It’s a debatable topic. RAMP features many thousands of users and the RAMP site is popular all over Russia, particularly in the larger cities.

RAMP on the Dark Web

While the Roskomnadzor concentrate on the Clearnet, drug culture is thriving in Russia on the dark web, particularly on RAMP. If you are travelling to Russia at any point, there’s always the option to download Tor and jump on the dark web to circumvent the censorship laws. Grab a Russian speaking friend and have a browse on RAMP, too. You might be surprised with what you find on RAMP!

Top 10 Most Popular Sites On The Deep Web

Darknet-Markets-300x209Getting familiar with the deep web? Looking to explore the top .onion links around the world?

We’ve put together this list of the most popular deep web sites for you to check out – and it’s not just all darknet markets and drugs – although there are plenty of them, too!

1. The Hidden Wikilogo2The starting point of most people’s journey on the deep web is the Hidden Wiki. The Hidden Wiki contains links to all of the most popular sites on the deep web and is a great jump off point for those looking to explore. They also have a site on the clear net

The list is regularly updated and has been a stalwart of the deep web for years and years.

The Hidden Wiki onion URL: http://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion

We did find an even better resource if you are just after Deep Web links, it has categories, descriptions and even screen shots of all active links.
https://darkwebnews.com/deep-web-links/

2. AlphaBay

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The number one darknet market at the moment is AlphaBay. Although darknet markets come and go, AlphaBay has been reigning supreme for around a year now. The site contains the most listings of any marketplace on the deep web, with items ranging from hacked accounts, electronics, fraudulent identity documents, and, of course, the ever popular drugs category which contains items like methamphetamine, MDMA, and various nootropics like Modafinil.

The marketplace operates with an escrow system, and transactions are conducted using the default currency on the deep web – Bitcoin.

AlphaBay Onion URL: http://pwoah7foa6au2pul.onion/

Find out everything you about AlphaBay here: https://alphabaymarket.com/

3. Grams

grams31Not sure which marketplace you want to use but know that you want to score some drugs? Know exactly what you want? Grams is your ideal search engine. Grams crawls all of the darknet market listings so when you type in what you want into the search field you obtain the most relevant listings, from all marketplaces.
It is a clever tool to use if you aren’t already a member of a darknet marketplace or if you’re looking for something highly specific.

Grams: http://grams7enufi7jmdl.onion (only works in Tor Browser)

4. Silk Road 3.0

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Yep, Silk Rod is back with a 3.0. It was down for a couple of month where they did a big security overhaul and a slight re-design. It is created and run by the same team that own and run CryptoMarket. They are growing FAST and have a massive selection of goods for sale.

Silk Road 3.0 onion URL: http://reloadedudjtjvxr.onion/

Silk road 3.0 Guide: http://silkroaddrugs.org/guide-on-how-to-access-the-silk-road-3-0/

4. Torch

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Search engines aren’t as big on the deep web as they are on the Clearnet, for obvious reasons – many sites wish to remain hidden, available only to those who know the .onion address and credentials to login successfully!

Torch is one of the biggest search engines available that provides search results from the deep web. Type your query into the search field and start your research journey.

Torch onion URL: http://www.xmh57jrzrnw6insl.onion/

5. RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace)

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Another darknet market, RAMP is the oldest running marketplace on the deep web. Oh, and it’s in Russian, too. The site is one of a handful of forum-based marketplaces operating, and most users are in Russia, but some also operate in other Eastern European countries.

The site allows buyers and sellers to organize drug deals one on one, with no middle man involved in the transactions. A common method of delivery is via “dead drops” where the buyer drops off cash in a certain spot, and then picks up the package at another, so buyer and seller don’t have to actually meet each other for transactions to take place and no Bitcoin is required.

RAMP onion URL: http://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion

Find the full guide to RAMP HERE

6. Dream Market

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Dream Market is our third darknet market on the list. This site has been around since 2013 and has gained in popularity only recently, upon other marketplaces exiting the scene. It operates similar to AlphaBay, and is a traditional escrow market.

The market is rated very well among users, and although it’s not quite as popular yet as AlphaBay, it’s certainly on the rise. Expect to see this market continue on its upward trajectory for a while to come yet.

Dream Market onion URL: http://lchudifyeqm4ldjj.onion/?ai=1675

All the info on Dream Market: http://dreammarketdrugs.com/

7. The Hub

Forums have been a mainstay among computer enthusiasts since the inception of the internet, and in its early incarnation, newsgroups. The Hub is one of the biggest forums available on the deep web and focuses on deep web related topics such as security, cryptocurrencies, drug safety, and various darknet markets.

If you’re interested in chatting to like minded folks all about the deep web, then The Hub may be a good place to start.’

The Hub: http://thehub7dnl5nmcz5.onion (only works on Tor)

8. DuckDuckGo

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Just recently, Tor has switched searching services from Google to privacy-oriented search engine DuckDuckGo, which is a coup for the burgeoning search engine. The search engine does not track users, unlike competitors Google and Bing, which makes it an easy choice for users concerned with privacy. This also means that searches are not served up according to your customer profiling, making it quite refreshing for users that are becoming increasingly annoyed with confounding search results from the other major players.
Although DuckDuckGo only searches Clearnet sites, it is a useful addition to your arsenal of privacy keeping tools.

DuckDuckGo: https://duckduckgo.com/

9. Wikileaks

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If you haven’t heard of Wikileaks by now, then you must have been living under a rock for the past 10 years. Created by Julian Assange who currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he has been since 2012 – the organization reports on secrets supplied by whistle-blowers, informants, and the general public that are deemed important in the interests of freedom of information.
Wikileaks has published vast reams of content over the past 10 years, including several high-profile government leaks. The .onion Wikileaks site provides a place to upload content directly to the organization, all anonymously if desired. The uploads are encrypted for added security, and the submission form asks questions like “What is the threat to the sources?” and “Necessary publication timeframe.”

WikiLeaks URL: https://wikileaks.org/

10. TorShops

For those who are interested in setting up their very own deep web shop, TorShops is the place to go. The site makes it simple to set up your very own .onion web store, whether you’re a budding online drug dealer or just interested in selling your homemade jewelry via the deep web.

Each site comes with an integrated Bitcoin wallet so payments are made easily, a secure a fast server for your site, inventory management systems, and order tracking. You can even get the guys at TorShops to set up your whole shop for you if coding isn’t your thing – a custom shop design comes in at $500USD.

TorShop URL: http://ww.shopsat2dotfotbs.onion/

Different Types Of Darknet Markets

darknet1Not all darknet markets are made alike! Did you know that there are all different sorts of dark webmarketplace setups available? Educate yourself about the various types of markets, their features, how secure they are, and check out some examples of each type, all right here.

Centralized Markets

These are the primary type of darknet markets available on the deep web. You’ll be familiar with Silk Road – the most famous of the centralized darknet markets. Thiskind of operations is constructed and maintained in a similar fashion to eBay.

Vendors create dark web marketplace listings for items that they are selling, and buyers can go through and click to order. Vendors pay a fee to the marketfor the service, and all funds are transmitted and held in escrow by the market until sale and delivery are complete.

Centralized markets currently operating include:

  • AlphaBay, which currently is the largest of the darknet markets, in operation.
  • Silk Road 3.0, currently the second biggest darknet market and growing quickly.
  • Dream Market, a highly rated alternative that also has a handy referral system so you can earn Bitcoin for getting friends to sign up with them using your link.
  • Outlaw Market, a smaller marketplace which focuses mainly on the drug trade.
  • CryptoMarket,created and run by the same team from Silk Road 3.

Forum Markets

Forum markets are less of a regulated market, and more just in the style of regular forums. It means each forum may be divided up into categories and subcategories, where either vendors or buyers make posts. The seller and buyer directly arranged all the payment.

Those who are seeking out forum-based darknet markets can check out:

  • RAMP (aka the Russian Anonymous Marketplace), which is the oldest darknet market, and also a Russian-language only spot.
  • The Majestic Garden, which is a forum trading in psychedelics.
  • The Intelligent Black Market, a French forum market, for those who can read French.

Web Shops

As a regular online store, web shops are simply individual sellers who have set up their shops on the deep web. Be careful to do your research on the site that you’re visiting and use these sorts of services at your risk!

Here are some web shops:

  • Doctor Drugs, a vendor from the now defunct Agora marketplace who set up his shop selling, you guessed it, drugs.
  • Gammagoblin, a psychedelics vendor who is also a part of the LSD Avengers space.
  • Mollyworld, a collective of sellers who operate on AlphaBay, and have also opened their shop selling MDMA.

Multi-Signature Markets

Multisig darknet markets are designed to be a more secure way of doing business on centralized darknet markets. 2 of 3 way multisig, which is recommended for market transactions, involve both the buyer and the seller needing two out of three signatures to complete any one transaction. The third signature comes from the overseeing party (the marketplace), in the case of any disputes. Funds can therefore only be released to either the buyer or the seller. It reduces the likelihood of getting scammed.

Remember, even many markets that support multisig don’t offer it by default, so make sure that you enable the feature!

Multisig markets include:

  • AlphaBay, which was previously mentioned before, offers multisig
  • Acropolis Market, an invite only market where it is very easy to set up multisig for all your transactions.
  • Valhalla, which was originally Finnish marketplace, but is now available in English, with multisig.

Decentralized Markets

Decentralized markets work in a similar fashion to a file sharing arrangement – each person contains a piece or pieces of the operation, stored on their computer so that each confirmation is done across a network, not by an overarching body (or marketplace) – meaning there are no fees involved either.

Decentralized markets are still in their infancy, due to the security concerns of downloading software rather than running in the Tor browser – this means that your IP has the potential to be traced, and so people posting illegal items should beware.

Here are some of the decentralized darknet markets getting about:

maxresdefault (4)OpenBazaar, the only “real” and operational decentralizes market currently available, which was recently released and describes itself as a new-wave alternative to places like eBay and Amazon.

The Daemon Market, an Ethereum-based market is in beta, ready for launch shortly, following the pre-sale of shares that will help to complete the marketplace.

The Shadow Project’s Shadow Marketplace Alpha has been released to a few people for testing and is one that many people are eagerly looking forward to the release.

So as you can see, there are manydifferent types of darknet market setups on the dark web to choose from. All have some advantages and disadvantages, just try to make the best decision for you and remember always to be safe and do everything you can to remain anonymous while online.