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Agora Marketplace – A Real Survivor

BREAKING NEWS: The admin at Agora Marketplace will be taking the site offline temporarily to upgrade security. They are advising all users withdraw their bitcoins in the meantime. Most other markets would just run off with your bitcoins but Agora just proved again that they are thinking of the people. In the meantime, Dream Market is the best option to check out. Dream Market is the biggest darknet market now.

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Speaking about the mysterious Agora Marketplace, one thing is certain – they’ve been under a lot of attacks more often than not; but still they’ve managed to grow as one of the largest communities on the Darknet.

One cannot say that Agora was not an honest, customer-caring market, careful enough to secure safe browsing for its customers in the cruel world of darknet markets. Agora hasn’t made a single scam, a single fraud, and every customer was satisfied; you can check out their subreddit forum. They hardly ever used it, by the way, except for precaution measures. And yet, they have fallen.

But, have they really?

According to the Agora’s official statement, signed by the original PGP code, Agora Marketplace is only temporarily down due to the enormous cost to cover some security flaws in TOR browser which were threatening to deanonymize the servers. In other words, Agora has found a cheaper way to protect their anonymity; however, it requires some time to setup everything properly and certain temporary downtime is necessary.

If you have been wondering why people behind Agora Marketplace are so cautious, the answer is really simple – if you want to survive in the wild west of drug markets, it’s imperative that you stay entirely anonymous. And that’s exactly why the Agora Marketplace succeeds on the darknet all these years.

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Agora however didn’t invent hot water by being so paranoid about the security; they’ve simply observed and analyzed carefully the faith of their rivals who indeed have fallen.

Certainly, the most valuable lesions Agora has learned from the Silk Road and Ross Ulbricht; and once they realized they can get a lifetime in prison, they started organizing their market more carefully.

It was easy for feds and other investigators to catch the big fishes off of the street – you simply trick some small dealers or users to snitch on each other in exchange for their freedom. But in the world of optic fiber and copper cables, these rules don’t apply – because nobody is known by their legal name, rather by pseudonyms and even the buyers give fake ID’s and addresses for drop outs.

And that’s definitely one of the main reasons the government is investing hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars to track down the anonymous vendors on darknet markets.

When the first DoS/DDoS attacks occurred by the large group called the DDos Mafia, Agora was down for the first time. Users just assumed that Agora was attacked by some rival marketplace. Perhaps Blackbank or Nucleus, were just clearing their way to the top by disabling the opposition?

But, as it turned out later, a partial responsibility for DDoS attack was claimed by Mr. Nice Guy, who admitted to pay the DDos Mafia not only to stop attacking his own market, but to attack certain other, rival markets as well.

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Many people find it ironic, even symptomatic that Agora forum was down more often than the marketplace itself. However, there’s nothing to it really – it all seems well planned and logical actually; because, if you shut down the forum, they will have to use their subreddit in order to communicate with customers and thus expose themselves.

On top of it all, Agora has had troubles not only with the government and the competition attacks, but also with its own customers; specifically those who were unintentionally DDosing Agora Marketplace. How was that possible?

Well, a majority of darknet market users are not that computer savvy and when stumbling upon captcha that needed reloading, they repeatedly hit the F5 button to refresh the page, which then led to overloading of TOR’s secure connection (that can only deal with 100 connections at a time – just a fraction of the huge Agora community).

Agora Marketplace was down way too many times, which made users scared for their bitcoins. Still, not a single word from the administrators of the market has been said. Anywhere… Of course, for security reasons again.

Last time it happened, Agora Marketplace managed to deflect DDos attacks, stabilize the market and everyone was happy. Until the official statement explaining Agora’s temporary shutdown came out of nowhere.

Reactions were harsh at first; but later, people agreed it’s all for the best and they were happy to be able to withdraw their bitcoins from their accounts. Some are still complaining that their bitcoins are waiting to be transferred, but all in all, users are mostly understanding of the new situation of marketplace.

Dark Web’s Largest Market, Agora Marketplace, To Pause Operations

BREAKING NEWS: The admin at Agora Marketplace will be taking the site offline temporarily to upgrade security. They are advising all users withdraw their bitcoins in the meantime. Most other markets would just run off with your bitcoins but Agora just proved again that they are thinking of the people. In the meantime, AlphaBay Market and Silk Road 3 are the best options to check out.

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Recently, Agora Marketplace announced through its admin that there would be a pause in operations so as to address major security threats facing the site. This process will ensue only after notifying account holders of the intended temporary shutdown, so that they can make necessary transactions before it becomes too late. The owners have released a signature appended message explaining the situation, and verifying that this is not an “exit scam” as they would soon be back.agora

According to Agora Marketplace owners, a just concluded research shows that there are certain vulnerabilities in their Tor network which could help criminals de-anonymize server locations. While there are already known methods on how to deal with this breach, most of them require substantial amounts of resources which can easily be reduced by adopting new security strategies.

A solution is being concocted but may require immense changes in the existing software stack, which fortunately will prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing Agora Marketplace accounts. But the process shall require considerable amounts of time before coming to fruition. Additionally, suspicious activity has been reported around the servers indicating that indeed attacks could be happening as we speak. Due to this unfolding, the web location has been moved temporarily awaiting major improvements later on.agora-up
Agora Marketplace administrators say that though a solution in not yet on the offing, it would still be dangerous to keep users online since this can jeopardize their security. Hence, there’s no other thing that can be done other than taking down the site till a much better solution is found. This is an honorable course of action for everyone’s safety, including site owners themselves.

In the meantime, Agora Marketplace has promised to try its best in clearing out all outstanding payment orders so as to prevent inconveniences. Anyone who has a cash balance on their account should withdraw it immediately, since the site won’t be held accountable when they go offline given the prior warning which has been issued.

Nevertheless, during this time users may experience delays in payouts since many people are likely to withdraw money at the same instance. Agora Marketplace intends to resolve such issues, but also advices users that they should only use destination bitcoin addresses which don’t expire when sending finances out from the site. Considering that some payments might get delayed.

As a precaution, when the website is offline avoid sending bitcoin to any deposit addresses on Agora. The safety of funds sent henceforth isn’t guaranteed since there would be no one to track it. As for vendors, they should abort any orders that have not been sent or processed yet. These measures are being proposed so that no one can take this as an opportunity to start scamming people wildly.

Despite the changes, Agora Marketplace has still committed to keep intact all user data including the history and profile information of specific accounts. Similarly, since their PGP key is nearing expiry date, they have launched a new PGP code which can be used to verify authenticity of admin messages in the future.

 

Largest Darknet Markets Can Make Up To $500K A Day

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Nicholas Christin and Kyle Soska wrote a paper on “evolution of the online anonymous marketplace ecosystem” trying to determine the origin, how much the users make and lastly their decline. Nicholas is an assistant research professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Kyle Soska is a Ph.D. student.

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Through their research, they found out that the sites were collectively making between $300,000 and $500,000 per day and the highest amount of money that was made in a single day was $650,000before “Operation Onymous”. Nicholas found that when Silk Road was very successful it was making $400,000 in a single day. Sites like Agora Marketplace would rake in $500,000.

However, most dealers on the darknet markets don’t make that kind of money. It was reported about 70% of sellers were not able to sell products worth $1,000. It further said that only 18% managed to sell between $1,000 and $10,000. And only 2% of sellers were able to go past the $100,000 mark. The reason for this is that the top 1% accounted for half of the volume of contraband that was transacted.

The smaller sellers only make $1,000 because it is harder for them to make a name out there for themselves and market their products due to the anonymous nature of the websites. The top 1% sell more drugs than the others because they are well-known and they have used the websites for a longer period of time. Thusthey are well established.

Nicholas and Kyle’s report that the most common drugs being sold – cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy) which made up 25% of sales. Cannabis used to make up to 50% of the volume transacted when one of the markets was shut down or a crime had been committed. This is because the users knew that it had a lesser penalty than the other drugs. On normal days, other stimulants were about 20% of the volume.

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They also collected information on how much feedback sellers received from customers on their purchases on darknet sites like Agora marketplace.

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Agora Marketplace: The Largest Drug Market To Operate On The Dark Web

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Agora Marketplace is currently one of the most popular online black marketplaces that can be accessed using Tor browser. The site was launched in 2013 and garnered much popularity than Silk Road 2.0 on September 2014 gaining reputation as the largest black marketplace. It assumed its current reputation as the leader in November 2014 after it survived an operation by law enforcement agents, a raid that saw Silk Road 2.0 taken down.

In addition to being the largest, Agora Marketplace is the oldest darknet marketplace going by the launch date. It came after Silk Road which was launched in2011 before it was seized and taken down in 2013. This was followed by the launch of Silk Road 2.0 on 6th November 2013 and was a new version of the older Silk Road. After this second version was seized under Operation Onymous, Agora Marketplace and Evolution were left as the two major rivals in the market.
The site administrators of Agora Marketplace are quite cyber savvy and for this reason they have managed to evade law enforcers for the time the site has been in existence. Their staffs tend to be tightlipped in the user forums and they only restrict their responses to matters such as warnings about the site being down or issues to do with scammers. Additionally, the site carefully scrutinizes new entrants on their site by allowing only users who have received invite codes to gain access to their site. These invite codes are assigned to buyers and sellers after their credentials have been carefully vetted.
During the exit scam of Evolution on March 2015, it was anticipated that Agora would see a great influx of new users. Evolution had been closed with an intention of stealing bitcoins that had been deposited by users. Just as was the case with Silk Road, the exit of Evolution highly contributed to the growth of Agora.

Agora-Commodities-Launches-DigitalTangible’s-Bitcoin-4Gold-WidgetCurrently, Agora is reputed as one of the most secure and stable darknet marketplace by sellers and buyers who use the site. Although the Internet underworld cannot guarantee 100 percent anonymity and security, users of the darknet trust Agora and feel safe when using it. Agora Marketplace uses bitcoins to trade anonymously. Users must have an invite code or referral link in order to register to the site.

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Agora Has Far More Drug Listings Than Silk Road Had

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A little more than a year after its launch, Agora Marketplace, Silk Road’s closest competitor, became the largest online marketplace on the darknet. The darknet marketplace, launched in September 2013 for the purpose of selling illicit goods, can be accessed only by using Tor, the anonymous browser. Agora has even stood the test of time and survived the Operation Onymous, the government’s drive in November 2014 to crackdown darknet marketplace that resulted in the closure of several high profile black market sites such as Silk Road, Hydra, and Cloud 9. In terms of monetary transaction, Silk Road may still be the biggest, but Agora has surpassed it as far as the number of drugs available for sale is concerned, according to reports.

During the period 29 January 2014 to 22 August 2014 the number of drug listings on Agora’s website increased to 12,053 from 7,400, according to a report published by Digital Citizens Alliance. At the same time, the total number of listings on Agora Marketplace, which also includes weapons and other services, jumped to 16,137 from 9,158.

At the time of sentencing the 31-year old Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, Judge Katherine Forrest had said that tough punishment is being served to him to prevent others from creating darknet marketplaces for selling drugs and offering other illegal services. She had also said during Ulbricht’s sentencing that anyone who might even think of following his footsteps should know that there will be serious consequences for breaking law in this manner.

It looks as though Forrest has underestimated the penetration of the darknet markets. This is because Agora Marketplace which was founded almost soon after the shutting down of Silk Road is not just an illicit marketplace for selling drugs; it offers weapons and several other illegal services to people who learn to search them out on Tor. In addition to Agora Marketplace, there are other temporary darknet markets or “ghost markets” where people can buy whatever they want, but they often disappear suddenly without any warning.

Agora Marketplace Is Smarter Compared to Silk Road

Agora has been managing to evade the law all these days because their site administrators are far more cyber savvy compared to their counterparts in Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road. Law enforcement officials could easily dig Silk Road’s and Silk Road 2.0’s operations and corner them. On the other hand, the administrators of Agora Marketplace haven’t so far displayed any of the political bravado of Dread Pirate Roberts. Agora’s staff is always tightlipped in the user forums. They just restrict their responses to administrative issues such as site downtime, scammers, etc.

In addition, Agora Marketplace has carefully remained under the radar by allowing only users who have official “invite codes” to access their site. Invite codes are often given to buyers and sellers after vetting their credentials.

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Online Drug Sales Increase According To Survey

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The recently released Global Drug Survey 2015 has shown that an increasing number of drug consumers are doing their shopping online. The survey which was conducted by Dr. Adam Winstock, a London based addiction specialist and psychiatrist, is the most extensive drug survey in history. It’s based on the information obtained from over 100,000 drug consumers from fifty different countries during the months of November and December 2014.

23% of the drug consumers who participated in the survey said that they purchased drugs online for the first time in 2014. This means that the number of online drugs buyers increased 13% in only one year. This increase comes despite the October 2013 infamous shutdown of the Silk Road drug marketplace and the imprisonment of its creator Ross Ulbricht, who was recently sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Silkroad was by far the largest online black market for purchasing drugs at the time of its closure, with a total of 13,000 drug listings. After the Silk Road shutdown and last year’s Operation Onymous took down Silkroad 2.0, Agora Marketplace became the largest online black markets for purchasing drugs. Within a 4 month period in 2014, Agora Marketplace product listing grew from approximately 7400 to more than 16000. Agora Marketplace now has over 20,000 product listings and is bigger than the Silk Road ever was. According to the Global Drug Survey 2015 drug consumers prefer purchasing drugs online because darknet markets such as Agora Marketplace guarantee better quality and cheaper products and less exposure to violence. The study suggests that people don’t become drug addicts because of online black markets. Indeed, 96 percent of those who purchase drugs online said they had used drugs before.

However, 21 percent reported that they moved to consuming a wider range or a different class of drugs. According to Dr. Winstock, this means that the access to lots of drugs leads to experimentation with new drugs and extended drug repertoires. LSD, MDMA and forms of cannabis such as herbal or hydro are the most popular drugs purchased online. Additionally, the report notes that when people are given access to purchase drugs from online black markets such as Agora Marketplace, the ones they appear to select are the “traditional illicit” drugs that are “tried, tested, familiar, desirable and probably safer”.

imagesAccording to the survey, online black market shopping is particularly popular in Sweden (18 percent of respondents), other Scandinavian countries, Poland and UK. 11.2% of the respondents from the United States admitted that they had purchased drugs from an online source. 8% of the U.S respondents said that they bought drugs online in the past year, and another 3.2% said they did so before the beginning of 2014 but had not since. Globally, 4.5 percent of the respondents purchased drugs from the online black markets. It is also important to note that less than 1% of the 100,000 respondents cited law enforcement as the reason they no longer buy drugs online.

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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.

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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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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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