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Agora Downtime Due To Mr Nice Guy Funded DDoS

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The Agora Marketplace suffered through a recent setback, shutting down for a short period of time after fending off DDoS attacks. The culprit? Apparently, it is another Darknet Marketplace, specifically the Mr. Nice Guy website, which somehow makes the name ironic.

mrnice-660x330According to reports, the Mr. NiceGuy Marketplace suffered through several attacks as well. But instead of just going back to business, the admin of this website decided to change tack and use his new contact for his own advantage. Simply put, he had the attacker work on other marketplaces as well so these websites – including Agora Marketplace – would suffer through a downtime.

With the latest exit scam news, the public’s response to website downtime is pretty much predictable: they start to question if their favored marketplace is in the midst of an exit strategy. Even if there is no doubt that the darknet will be back online, loyal buyers and sellers are bound to check out other websites where they can buy and sell items while their favored domain is still out for the count.

You can follow the story from here – with Mr. Nice Guy funding the attacks on other sites, practically all buyers and sellers go directly to his website, upping the profits to unbelievable margins. At least, that’s the plan.

DeepDotWeb published an account of Mr. NiceGuy’s admin and the original DDOSer talking through the process of their plan. It starts off well enough with Mr. Nice Guy being hacked and the DDOSer asking for a ransom to get the website up and running again. Once that is done though, Mr. NiceGuy does a quick reverse, changing from the victim to the person launching the attack. In his conversations, he wanted to take down a total of 8 markets, including Agora Marketplace, promising the attacker $200 a day or a total of $6,000 in just one month.

There Goes the Trust

So what happens next? With DeepDotWeb posting screenshots of the conversation online, the news has gone viral. It is doubtful that Mr. NiceGuy would get more business in the following days and for those who currently have coins in the site; it’s time to get out of this market as fast as you can.

The good news is that there are other darknet marketplaces you can go to, the Agora Marketplace being one of the few choices you still have.

What Mr. Nice Guy has to Say

When asked about his move, Mr. NiceGuy has this to say: “…there was simply little choice, do or die”.

The gist of it was he was protecting his own site by directing the attacks. Having problems coping with the whole DDoS situation, Mr. NiceGuy did the next best thing – at least for him. The explanation itself makes sense, but you can be sure that this darknet won’t be the same ever again.

Agora MarketplaceThe good news out of all of this is that the DDoS attack has stopped and Agora is back up in full swing! Apparently the admin at Agora Marketplace had the patch for Tor to stop the DDoS attack a week ago but it was not a signed verified patch so they wanted to test it first. This just further proves how the admin at Agora are committed firstly to its members’ security rather than installing an untested patch and making more profit.

With the way the Darknet Markets are and how profitable they are it is a given that there are always going to be DDoS attacks on these sites. You will just have to put up with it and not let it get to you.

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Agora’s Withdrawals Are Back Online

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There’s a recent update for those who have been using the Agora Marketplace to carry out transactions, the site’s admin recently announced that withdrawals are now up again.

Nevertheless, since some online services many not accept late payments, such delayed requests have been cancelled by Agora Marketplace for security reasons. If your account is affected this way then it would be best to reschedule the withdrawal back into your virtual wallet again, the sum will show in the balance page.

Those who have already used this system say that it works just fine, though there are still a few people complaining that the site is experiencing too much downtime. Thus, making it difficult for users to access funds at an appropriate time of their choice, such individuals have no other option but to wait till Agora Marketplace is up again in order to make withdrawals.

black market adminThe admin had addressed the downtime issue couple of weeks ago by apologizing to affected users, and giving assurance that the downtime is being investigated to find out its root cause. In a short statement posted online, they said that they had been working to resolve the problem. Users should also not worry about the safety of their money. There are multiple backup systems that have been put up to avoid 3rd party breaches. They further admit that the matter may take quite some time to rectify since nobody knows the extent of damage done. Though a specific date has not yet been given as to when the site will be fully back again, admin has promised to give an update immediately this happens.

The Agora Marketplace withdrawals are back online and they will keep updating for more developments.

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Latest Update On Agora Marketplace

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Latest Update On Agora Marketplace

The last couple of weeks have been an especially trying time for the largest active darknet site, Agora Marketplace and its large swathe of users. Since coming under the denial-of-service attack some weeks back, the site has experienced protracted downtimes that have kept many of its users on edge. The latest downtime began early last week.

Agora admins, on April 17, stated that they were fairly certain that the site would be up and running by the close of April 19, UTC time, which would be about a week since the site first became inaccessible. Although the admins had been working around the clock to ensure that Agora Marketplace services were restored as soon as possible, it took them until 17 April to determine just how long it would take to get the site running normally again.

Prior to that, it was not clear how long the downtime was going to last, at least according to an update on Agora forums by the site’s admin on April 15. In fact, at this point in time, the darknet site was still investigating just what the reason for the downtime was. The admins were also keen to point out that safety would be a priority while trying to get the daktnet site’s services back online.

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Actually, despite the assurances that the online marketplace was working on resolving the downtime issue, the admins emphasized their commitment to security and safety of the site and its users. Agora admins even admitted that these factors would precede things like site availability, a stance that the admin was not going to compromise on just to appease impatient site users.

The admins also assured users that their money was safe, since Agora Marketplace has in place several backup systems to ensure that critical information remains safe. At the moment, Agora Marketplace is back online.

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Darknet Sites Targeted By The Denial-Of-Service Attack

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The world has recently become aware of an undergoing denial-of-service (Dos) attack against major darknet marketplaces such as the Agora Market. The attack exploits an existing loophole in Tor hidden services protocol. Drug markets and other Tor hidden sites have been targeted by the attack, which some consider the most serious attack yet to target Tor darknet sites.

Darknet Sites Targeted By The Denial-Of-Service Attack

The DoS attack consists of attackers creating several simultaneous connections to the same hidden service, which overwhelms the server’s CPU resources thus making it inaccessible to darknet site users. One of the sites attacked alongside Agora Market, a site called Middle Earth, had its server load increased to 100 percent, which effectively resulted in downtime and inability by users to access the site. The bug report related to the attack has been opened under the name “alberto” by Tor developers.

So far, the attack has been reproduced by a Tor developer. In fact, short-term solutions have been introduced to deal with the problem, but none have worked out. Long-term solutions have also been suggested; including proposals put forward by Tor hidden services co-founder Roger Dingledine in 2012.

Darknet Sites Targeted By The Denial-Of-Service Attack1Tor hidden site owners began complaining of server having accessibility issues towards the end of March. The problem was traced to large amounts of malicious traffic that slowed down or stopped user access to the sites’ servers altogether.

Agora Market, the largest darknet site at the moment after the closure of Silk Road and Evolution Marketplace, is one of the main Tor hidden sites targeted by this attack. Agora Market mainly deals in illegal drugs, although it also sells weapons and other illicit items. Since the attack, Tor hidden sites have been struggling to stay up. However, both Agora Market and Middle Earth are currently accessible.

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Agora Marketplace Investigates Downtime Issue

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imagesDarknet users have not yet really come to terms with Evolution Marketplace’s sudden disappearance last month with millions of customers’ money. Understandably, users panicked and started posting comments on popular forums on the possibility of another exit scam when Agora Marketplace went offline for about 3 days.

Apologizing for their silence, administrators of Agora said that they were in the process of investigating the exact reason for the downtime problem in their latest update on April 15, 2015. The administrators said the information related to users and their money is safe as the darknet site makes use of multiple backups as part of their protocols. However, they added that a little more time would be needed to determine as to how long it would be before taking online service orders (backed up with sufficient security) once again. Further, Agora Marketplace promised to keep users updated on this.

In the further update provided by Agora Marketplace on March 29, 2015, the administrators said that they were aware of the availability problems and that they are working to upgrade the infrastructure to accommodate the new users who are coming from Evolution. Agora administrators came forward and explained that they were making use of the downtime to resolve certain security protocols of the site. They also said that they would not run away with users’ money and that the site would soon be back online. In their message, the administrators even discouraged users from making deposits and insisted that they wait until the site became fully operational.

123123Currently, Agora Marketplace is the biggest as well as one of oldest darknet sites. Agora has outlived Silk Road 2.0. The law enforcement authorities took down Silk Road 2.0 last year and unscrupulous owners took down Evolution Marketplace a few weeks back in an exit scam.

All said and done, the downtime episode has served to enhance Agora’s credibility and reinforce their legitimacy. Though Agora has experienced downtimes even in the past, the recent episode caused users to panic because of the recent Evolution exit scam.

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Agora Marketplace Back Up After 3 Days Maintenance

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Several darknet users are still coming to terms with the sudden disappearance of Evolution Marketplace with millions worth of their money during its exit scam last week. Understandably, when Agora Marketplace went offline in what turned out to be a routine maintenance task, there were fears that another exit scam was unfolding.

Agora Marketplace Back Up AfterThe reason for the 3-day downtime was a maintenance the site was conducting. Nevertheless, as soon as the downtime was noted, users took to popular Internet forums spreading fears that another exit scam was in play.

In fact, Agora administrators had to come forward and dispel the fears by explaining that the downtime was being used to resolve an issue regarding the site’s security protocols. The darknet site, the admin wrote, had not “run off” with people’s money, and would be back online in no time.

In the message from the administration, users were even discouraged to make deposits, but instead wait until the site was fully operational. Obviously, no site trying to orchestrate an exit scam would dare its users to do such a thing.

Truthfully, Agora’s credibility has stood the test of time, and this recent scare obviously serves to reinforce its legitimacy in the seemingly ephemeral and unpredictable darkent world. Actually, Agora has had significant downtimes in the past, but this time, the sour aftertaste left by the recent Evolution exit scam on many darket users resulted in suspicions that another exit scam was in the offing.

Agora Marketplace Back Up After1Agora Marketplace is currently the largest darknet site, and also one of the oldest, having outlived Silk Road 2.0, which was taken down by law enforcement authorities last year, and Evolution Marketplace, which was taken down its unscrupulous owners a few weeks ago in an exit scam.

If the 3 days of downtime say anything about Agora Marketplace, it would be that the legitimacy of this darknet site has few or no matches in this controversial online ecosystem. The downtime must have cost the darknet site millions in sales, and this proves that the site is ready to make significant sacrifices to ensure its users have a reliable platform on which do their selling and buying. Agora Marketplace is currently back online and operating as usual.

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Unpeeling the Darknet

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It seems as if the dark web has become a little less murky thanks to the launch of OnionCity, a new search engine platform which allows users to explore the hidden corner of the Internet much easier.

Unpeeling The DarknetThe search engine was officially launched on 11th of February 2014 when co-founder Virgil Griffith announced it via a Tor-talk mailing list. Before inception, the creators admit they had some issues deciding which to block and those to let free. Though not much information is out concerning the outcome of these discussions, it was decided that U.S. is the best legal jurisdiction for which their servers can reside. It works in a relatively simple way; the back-end consists of a Tor2Web proxy which is designed to surpass content found in-between the primary Internet system and Tor’s Onion Web. This is where the so-called onion sites reside.

OnionCity front-end works as a lesser Google product given that it also has a Custom Search Engine; this allows users to build their own specialized search engine which run parallel to Google’s original index. The program is set to make anonymous web publishing become more popular amongst the masses.

Custom Search Engine

Since going online, the search engine’s current traffic level stands at around 40 hits per second and receives around 20,000 new visitors per day. Griffith further adds that, its index size multiplies on a daily basis and now stands at an impressive 1.5 million pages.

Agora Marketplace

Agora Marketplace is one of the most popular black market sites on the darknet today. The darknet marketplace facilitate in the sale of both legal and illegal items via pseudo accounts held by different vendors. All trade conducted at Agora Marketplace is done through the digital currency “Bitcoin”. Unlike most its competitors which have shut down due to government crackdowns, Agora Marketplace continues operating unaffected by these seizures. That’s the reason why most people prefer trading at Agora than the other darknet platforms.

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The Darknet After Silk Road And Evolution

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Laptop-computer-with-crime-scene-tape-across-it-via-shutterstock-800x430The darknet is booming and growing much faster even after the pioneer Silk Road was shut down by law enforcement agencies. In fact the seizure of the original Silk Road, Silk Road 2.0 and now the closure of Evolution Marketplace (Exit Scam) only created a vacuum that was quickly filled by stronger darknet sites like Agora Marketplace whose listings are increasing rapidly.

There are a great number of hidden services running on the Deep Web according to some researchers. Agora Marketplace is now the largest online black market offering unlawful items and services and uses the cryptocurrency bitcoin as the sole medium of exchange for all its transactions.The operators of the new darknet market sites like Agora Marketplace have ensured that their security is sophisticated. They quickly learn what the authorities are doing and move swiftly to change their tactics. The more they secure their marketplaces, the more they attract more members. Other individuals become conscious of the low-risk, high-gain of getting into these darknet marketplaces or the things that they can purchase.

2014116192829646734_20The operators of today’s darknet sites have also chosen to be silent, contrary to the likes of Dread Pirate Roberts (operator of Silk Road), who demonstrated such high levels of political bravado that many analysts say is what gave him away to the authorities. He frequently published libertarian manifestos on user forums; even daring enough to host an online book club featuring topics like free market economic theories. Silk Road 2.0 followed suit, likewise proclaiming a number of radical principles such as the one that ran on their homepage. You are writing history with every item purchased here, it read. The administrators of Agora Market, for instance, are deeply silent and never say anything on user forums. They only respond to issues like scammers or when the site is down. The other element that perhaps keeps Agora Marketplace safe is the strict policy that outlines its site’s access as well as transactions.

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Agora: The Most Stable And Secure Option After Evolution Marketplace Scam

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Evolution Marketplace is now history. Darknet has just witnessed another addition to its growing list of scam sites after Evolution Marketplace admins executed an elaborate exit scam ending on March 18, taking with them an estimated 30 to 35 million dollars worth of their members’ money. On the other hand, Agora Marketplace, the largest darknet site since Silk Road 2.0 was taken down by authorities, remains operational and in full flight. The latest stunt by Evolution Marketplace is about to win Agora Marketplace an influx of users looking to buy illegal products online.

More on the Evolution Exit Scam

Agora The Most Stable And Secure Option After Evolution Marketplace Scam

From Sunday, 15th March, Evolution Marketplace users have reported having withdrawal problems, only for their worst fears to be confirmed a few days later when the site, as well as its official forums, went offline. News of the impeding exit scam were brought to light by an Evolution Marketplace employee who suspected, and later confirmed, that such the scheming plan was already in the works.

According to the employee, the admins of the darknet site, Verto and Kimble, first disabled automatic withdrawals for nearly a week before the site was finally taken offline. During this time, the said employee confronted the administrators regarding the issue, and although at first they were not forthcoming with the details of their plan, they later admitted to executing an exit scam immediately before the site was taken offline and could neither be accessed by customers or staff.

On Monday 16th, Kimble had even said that the delays in withdrawals were as a result of a backlog that would be resolved soon. When the final stage of the scam finally came to pass, buyers and vendors ended up losing an estimated 100,000 BTC, worth about $30 million. Even Evolution Marketplace staff did not get away unscathed. The employee who posted the information about the impeding exit scam claims to have lost over $20,000.

Agora Marketplace About To Get a Boost in User Numbers

This is not the first time the darknet has had to experience an exit scam. Although the magnitude of the Evolution Marketplace scam clearly makes it unique, it is common in these scenarios for users of darknet sites to bounce back by joining the next best thing. Therefore, it is expected that Agora Marketplace, the next best thing for buyers and vendors of illegal products over the darknet, is about to experience an unprecedented influx of users.

Agora Marketplace is a perfect choice for darknet users looking to make a come back after the Evolution scam. This darknet site is one of the oldest around, considering that it was created before Evolution Marketplace and the recently seized Silk Road 2.0. Agora Marketplace also has quite a good reputation. After the fall of the Silk Road 2.0, Agora Marketplace became the leading darknet site, and the fall of Evolution under this exit scam only serves to consolidate Agora’s place in the tumultuous Internet underworld.


Evolution Marketplace scam

The Evolution Marketplace scam, like other preceding major darknet exit scams, has cost its members millions of dollars, all in the form of the favorite darknet currency, bitcoin. With Evolution gone, Agora Marketplace, the largest darknet site that has also proven its reliability through its ability to weather the operation that stopped Silk Road 2.0 and its ability to outlive Evolution Marketplace is likely to get an influx of users.

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Is Tor Still Reliable?

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Is Tor Still Reliable1No matter what you use Tor network for, whether you simply want to browse the web anonymously or find something from hidden sites like the Agora Marketplace, generally it is a pretty useful piece of software. It can be used whenever and wherever you need it. For example, you can easily keep a copy of the Tor Browser (a Firefox browser pre-configured to relay traffic through the Tor network) in a USB flash drive and use it when you are accessing public Wi-Fi.

But is Tor still secure as most people would believe it to be? There are recent reports that the FBI and other related agencies have initiated an exhaustive crackdown on most darknet marketplaces (and the closing down of Silk Road 2.0 last year was a very prominent example), including the arrest of 17 people. This is just a small number, compared to the millions of people who use Tor everyday.

The thought of the government finally infiltrating Tor is not really that farfetched, considering that the whole project was initially developed by the US Navy.

The answer though is a bit comforting for most Tor users. Tor is still very much reliable in this day age. It is important to note that Tor, from its government-backed beginnings, is a fully open source project. This means that vulnerabilities can be easily patched up as soon as people spot them.

Is Tor Still Reliable

So, yes. You can still safely use Tor and access darknet sites like Agora Marketplace if you want to. Just make sure that you anonymize yourself as much as possible (use a VPN with Tor Browser, not give any identifying details, etc.) and practice safe browsing habits.

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