For those of you who were regular customers on AlphaBay Market, if everything is as it appears, AlphaBay is indeed gone for good.
So, if you’re curious as to where to turn next, there are some great articles (and other sites) you can look to for alternatives.
DeepDotWeb, which is one of my favorite news outlets for the dark web, featured an article today entitled Alphabay Death: Wondering which market is headed to the top? Here is some insider info!
The author gathered data from the site’s “Dark Net Markets Comparison Chart”, which, in real time, lists the up/down statuses of all the major markets:
Besides just listing their online statuses, the chart also has the URLs of each market, whether or not they allow open registration, whether or not they allow multisig, and other factors, such as whether or not they have 2FA (two-factor authentication).
DeepDotWeb also predicted, via some analytics, which market may be the next big one – and the answer may surprise you. Based on their table, it appears to be RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace)!
While RAMP is not an English-language marketplace (and doesn’t have that option), they do have an excellent reputation, and some anti-scam methods in place. Good work, RAMP!!
If you want an alternative site to use as a comparison, I’ve mentioned DNStats in an earlier post. Like DeepDotWeb’s chart, they list the online statuses of the major markets, as well as some vendor shops (independent shops set up by successful vendors) and forums.
Just bear in mind – any business you do on the dark web carries a risk factor, so protect your identity, and keep yourself informed! Happy tripping.