Well OK, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but DarkNet Stats (a.k.a. DNStats) is an interesting site to check out if you’re the type of person who would browse darknet markets.
What the site actually does is monitor various darknet markets and provide up-to-date information about them. (It’s safe to say that my friends who are active on the DNM scene already know about this site, but for those who don’t, I’ll spread the word.)
On its homepage, DNStats features a chart where it lets visitors know if various markets and vendor shops are up or not. Considering how often some darknet markets exit scam or have issues, this can be quite helpful.
Beyond the major markets, DNStats also reports on vendor shops like Mollyworld (who sell pure MDMA); MaghrebHashish (can you guess what they specialize in?); l33TER (who specialize in digital goods); and MegaPack (who sell a variety of goods).
Granted, I suppose you could find out most or all of this info by visiting the markets themselves, but it’s nice to have it all in one place, and with constant updates. There have been so many scams and clone sites in the darknet market world that DNStats is a handy tool to keep all that information together.
DNStats also explains, briefly, what type of market each site is: if it allows multisig, 2FA, what type of registration is required (invite or open), whether or not it’s PGP enforced, and whether it allows FE (finalize early).
Additionally, it features a few non-market sites, such as the Grams search engine; BitBlender (a bitcoin tumbler); DeepDotWeb (one of my favorite sources of information regarding the dark web); and Lelantos (a privacy-oriented email service).
You might ask, “Why the hell are these guys on the clearnet?” Well, it’s no big secret that these markets and vendors exist anymore. I figured that whoever designed DNStats wanted to make the info available to as many people as possible.
By the way, the site is available as a Tor hidden service, too, so if that’s your preference, go here: DNStats TOR.
Other than that, there isn’t a whole lot to say about it, but it might also be a good reference to check out some of the darknet markets that haven’t received as much media attention.
Say Yes to Drugs!!
As I’ve said before, I’m not necessarily doing this to promote the use of illicit substances. It’s more the technological aspect that interests me. That being said, if you are going to do drugs anyway, I think it’s safer to buy them from these markets than to do so on the street.
There is still always the risk of getting caught, but you take a gamble any time you’re doing something of this nature, right?
Questions? Comments? Think of something that I forgot? Feel free to let me know in the comments section.
Have a good trip, kids.