After Operation Onymous had only initially come to light, it seemed almost as if it was going to be bringing an abrupt end to the Dark Web drug trade. It now seems as if international law enforcement has got a lot more work on their hands. Although Operation Onymous did shut down a large number of darknet marketplaces, it certainly didn’t have a negative effect on one of darknet’s biggest online marketplaces – Agora Marketplace. The site deals with both illicit and lawful products. Despite the wide reaching impact that Operation Onymous had on a number of users of different sites, Agora Market stayed online and has quickly become one of the most popular darknet markets.
One of the only noticeable changes to Agora Marketplace is that its online users and staff have become more aware of security issues, so it is likely that they will be paying more attention to their online behavior. The shutting down of some online black marketplaces has led to there being a lack of choices for people that are looking to buy illegal drugs online, pushing more and more sales towards other few remaining darknet sites.
The darknet has gained a reputation for its comebacks after it suffers from police sting operations, as new darknet marketplaces have appeared.And some new darknet sites that have emerged are thriving and growing rapidly. Agora Marketplace and other online black market sites have remained largely unaffected by this latest operation. On the other side of the coin, Operation Onymous was successful in taking down quite a large number of Tor hidden sites, which has brought up many questions about law enforcement’s ability to use vulnerabilities within the anonymity shield that Tor supposedly provides.