“ODN” takes a look at the reopened AlphaBay dark web marketplace
Some time ago, four years after being dismantled by the FBI, the AlphaBay dark web marketplace reopened under the leadership of former admin number two DeSnake. Today we first review DeSnake's statement and then we go to the newly opened AlphaBay dark web site to take a look."ODN(Ondarknet.com)" Exclusive.
DeSnake announced on the dark web forum Dread that the Alphabay marketplace is now open for business, with the following statement.
AlphaBay is back.
You read that right, AlphaBay is back. If you do not know who we are a quick search on the Internet provides enough information. (Wikipedia (Clearnet): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaBay) For those unaware of the legendary market that was by the FBI’s own words the largest, most successful marketplace to date.
=============== Who am I
I am DeSnake, security administrator and co-founder of AlphaBay. The following message is signed with authentic key. My original PGP key which expired 8th March 2019 has been extended. The key has the same fingerprint (95E7 766E 6AC8 AECD 1B6F 11A5 0E28 8FD2 E281 93C0) only expiry date now is up until July 3rd 2031.
You can find my previous public PGP key on any market/website which has saved it or on pastebin when it was posted and verify for yourself:
http://gnjtzu5c2lv4zasv.onion/pks/lookup?search=desnake&fingerprint=on&op=vindex - You can see my key from 2014
You can query any other clearnet PGP keyserver and the same results will come up
https://pastebin.com/jk0CjSFz (add a dash - before BEGIN PGP KEY BLOCK otherwise it will say invalid key)
https://pastebin.com/fb1AHsvC (used to have it under my signature everywhere but now deleted)
With a statement describing the advantages of the reopened professionally run, anonymous, secure marketplace AlphaBay and why it is different, such as security, community features, regular forum features, changes to the rules, the operating model, the addition of I2P access, the addition of Monroe Coin support, etc., the statement makes a lot of seductive promotions for itself. One of the most intriguing is the rule change, where the new AlphaBay claims to have made rule restrictions for the sake of greater security for everyone.
- NO harming others (hitman service etc.)
- NO guns/guns discussions (even for self-defense)
- NO erotica/porn of any sorts (logins for major sites are okay)
- NO fentanyl or fentanyl-laced/based substances
- NO Covid-19 vaccines of any sorts
- NO doxing or threats of doxing
- NO any Russia/Belarus/Kazakhstan/Armenia/Kyrgyzstan-related activity (people,organizations,governments) or citizens data
- NO ransomware selling, recruiting for access to deploy ransomware or ransomware discussions
Explore the Alphabay website
Connect to Tor first, then follow the address of Tor provided in the statement: http://alphabay522szl32u4ci5e3iokdsyth56ei7rwngr2wm7i5jo54j2eid.onion
Open the Alphabay website.
Enter the site is the regular clock-based DDOS verification code, verification through the home page, select "Register" to register a member to log in, the login verification code is difficult to identify, we recommend a few more attempts.
The home page shows the current status of the marketplace: 1020 active sellers, 31,764 registered buyers, and 1321 active supply listings.
The welcome screen on the home page is written with some fascinating words, similar to a regular trading marketplace.
AlphaBay is re-opened for business for the first time exactly 4 years since 2017. Having first started trading in 2014, we cultivated a strong connection with the DNM community by being professional, fair & responsive when dealing with buyers and sellers alike. By 2017 that alongside our innovations, high security, uptime & ease of use made us the biggest and most trusted secure anonymous marketplace ever to have existed. You can read our first public message since 2017 detailing our vision going forward, why we have returned, what has been improved and more answers here.
If the name AlphaBay does not ring a bell and you do not know what this website does or who we are, you should search us up yourself. You can also view our page about AlphaBay here.
AlphaBay has always been a principle-driven, vision-oriented and community-centered marketplace. The administration is almost the same as in the 2014-2017 period which means you will find again AlphaBay runs with mature management, unparalleled security, 24/7 professional & well-trained Staff and of course unique vision for the future not only for itself but for the darknet market scene too.
If you have any questions about the market refer to FAQ, How-To guides or Support Center. Feedback or suggestions can be directed to the Forum and our Staff members will look into it. We greatly appreciate any feedback you can provide to make the market a better place!
The home page also shows its promotional affiliates, which is a basic feature that is generally found in trading marketplaces.
You can make money by joining our affiliate program. Referring other users gives you a percentage off the profit we make from each successful transaction through our escrow. We have the highest rates in the industry up to 25% depending on the Trust Level of the referred.
Affiliate program can be joined by both vendors and users. For vendors it is a great way to earn cash-back on each sale to their customers and on top of that earn when their customer makes a purchase on AlphaBay.
Find out more information by visiting the Referrals page (affiliate program).
The website mainly consists of transaction module, forum module, news/blog module, and is developed based on PHP. The website interface design is still good, with the simplicity and generosity of a regular transaction website.
But perhaps due to the reopening, or perhaps due to the constant attacks, its current number of goods is not very many, and the forum posts are few.
During the visit, "ODN" found that it was indeed under DDOS attack, and the overall access experience of the site was very poor and very laggy.
According to recent news reports, the reopened Alphabay website is not necessarily reliable and its reliability has yet to be verified! We will continue to follow up on further developments in this market.
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From：On DarkNet – Dark web News and Analysis
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