Apollon Market is EXIT-SCAMMING – STAY AWAY

Apollon Market, the second largest darknet marketplace (after Empire) is currently EXIT-SCAMMING. The allegations of exit-scam first appeared on DreadAlert group on Reddit, dedicated to Dread, darknet reddit-like discussion forum.

Apollon Market
Apollon Market is currently exit-scamming

User bryanmccraig04 is one of the first who posted on Dread Alert sub-reddit about Apollon Market exit-scamming. He said:

” apollon is exiting, withdraw problems seen on dread earlier today “

And it followed with new users and vendors started complaining:

” I think Apollon is exiting. Can’t log in, it says username/password incorrect. Another vendor messaged me earlier saying don’t try to withdraw, coins getting frozen. Oh well.”

We confirmed the allegations of Reddit users and it has been confirmed by several other sources as well. One of the signs could also be that Sator, one of the moderators on the Apollon Market is not a moderator anymore, but just a normal member.

Sator, one of the Moderators and Support Staff Member of the Apollon Market now a simple Member

Apollon Market

Apollon Market was the second largest darknet marketplace just after Empire, established 2018. It offered mainly drugs and chemicals to it’s users while having section dedicated to Fraud.

Dread under heavy-DDoS attacks

While Apollon is in the midst of an exit-scam, Empire Market the largest darknet marketplace is down for 2 days with some links popping up here and there that lasts barely 10 minutes. Also, Dread, as previously mentioned, darknet reddit-like discussion forum is under huge DDoS attacks along with other forums like, Envoy, The Hub and Darknet Avengers.

HugBunter, creator of Dread forum posted on Dread Alert sub-reddit about this incident saying:

” We’re back up and running, but under a heavy attack again, what is the difference in this attack? It is targetting all mainstream forum platforms. At the time of writing Dread, The Hub, Avengers and Envoy are all down. Targetted attacks like this can be used to conceal information from being shared such as a market exiting, a market being busted etc. Whatever the reasoning, something is going down. Be extremely vigilant with all markets. We will try to restore service later today once we have set up several new servers to handle the load. Mirrors will be issued via dark.fail in the event we cannot overcome the attack again. “

Where to go next?

Our advice is to join Empire Market, currently the largest and by far most safest and reliable Darknet Market. Since Empire Market is not working currently due to constant DDoS attacks, another choice could be dutchanonstore one of the oldest vendors/market.

Be sure to also check our Market and Shops sections for more darknet marketplaces.

How to Access .onion Sites? (Tor Websites)

How to Access .onion Sites? (Tor Websites) – Websites on the Tor Browser aren’t like ordinary websites you are seeing everyday on the clear net. There websites end in .onion domain name and point to the dark or deep web.

How to Access .onion Sites?
How to Access .onion Sites? (Tor Websites)

WARNING: Most of the web sites on the Tor Network are scams and contain a lot of illegal materials. Browse safely and use our guides and links.

What is a .onion Site?

According to Wikipedia .onion is a special-use top level domain suffix designating an anonymous onion service (also know as Hidden Service) reachable via the Tor Network. Such addresses are not actual DNS names, and the .onion TLD is not in the Internet DNS root, but with the appropriate proxy software installed internet programs such as web browsers can access sites with .onion addresses by sending the request through the Tor Network.

Tor Network is partially funded by US Government and is primarily designed to help people from being censored or monitored while on the internet. When you connect to the Tor your IP address is going through nodes in the Tor Network thus anonymizing your internet activity as shown in the picture below.

How to Access .onion Sites?

In order to access .onion websites you will need a software called Tor Browser. Download Tor Browser from the Official Tor Project website.

Install and double click on the desktop icon to launch it. Once there, you can type .onion address in the search bar.

For this example you can use our top Tor websites that can’t be found on Google which can be found here

NOTE: Make sure you have your Java Script disabled while browsing through Tor for double security. Always be safe and use other advanced techniques of anonymity like PGP and VPN.

How to Buy Drugs Online from Darknet Markets?

How to Buy Drugs Online from Darknet and Deep Web Markets will be detailed tutorial on how you can buy any drugs online you can imagine. This tutorial will be using Empire Market as an example but please keep in mind that all markets are similar anyway, so this will work for any market you are on.

How to Buy Drugs Online
How to Buy Drugs Online from Darknet Markets

Tor Browser

In order to start your journey you will need Tor Browser to even access the Darknet Markets because these websites are not like the traditional ones you see on the clearnet. Tor, or the Onion Router Network is a software that enables you to browse the internet anonymously. Websites that are hosted on the Tor Network instead of usual .com or .net domains have .onion domain.

Download and install Tor Browser at: https://www.torproject.org/download/

Note: Please have in mind that before you start using Tor to browser the internet you should have A VPN software installed. VPN or Virtual Private Network is a software that encrypts your internet traffic so your ISP and the Government will not know that you are using the Tor software.

Darknet Markets

Once you downloaded and installed the Tor Browser you will need to find a darknet market where you can buy your goods. You can find the list of some of the most popular darknet markets below:

Darknet Markets Links List

After you found your favorite market copy the link and paste it into the Tor Browser. You will land on the register page of the website. Example of the register page of Empire Market is in the picture below:

Empire Market register page

Just fill out the details requested like the username, password (confirm the password) PIN and the captcha to confirm that you are not the robot. Once done, click on Join Empire Market.

NOTE: PIN is used to make a payment or withdrawal funds. STORE it somewhere SAFE!

How to Buy Drugs Online – Products

Once you’re on the market you will need to find what are you interested in Buying? Are you looking for cocaine, LSD, Weed, XTC, MDMA, Crystal Meth, Heroin? Whatever are you looking for – it’s there. Navigate through the websites category and sub-categories and use filters to narrow down your search.

NOTE: Always order domestically if you can to avoid packages being seized by Law Enforcement. Choose your vendor carefully, use your brain, read reviews before buying anything.

Once you found your vendor and the product you wish you buy, you will need to deposit the funds into the market. Most Markets use Bitcoin, Litecoin and Monero as a payment option. Since most of you use Bitcoin, please read our detailed guide on How to Buy Bitcoins Anonymously before proceeding.

After you acquired bitcoins and deposited funds into the market, you will need to use PGP to encrypt your shipping address sent to the seller of your product. More about PGP, what is it and how to use it can be found here

With PGP keys all settled up you are ready to order. Click on the product you want and you will land on a page that looks like this (picture below):

NOTE: Double check and read the vendor’s profile on the market to agree to their Terms.

Encrypting your name and address

In order to submit your order you will of course need to send your address to the seller. Follow the PGP tutorial posted above to encrypt your address. Double check the terms of your vendor and the format of the address they ask for. Normally, the format of the address should look like this:

John Doe

140 Some Street

New York NY 10163-4668, US

Copy the Vendor’s Public PGP Key, import it into the your PGP software by following our PGP tutorial posted above and encrypt your message. Now, copy that message and enter it into the form box into the Markets product confirmation (picture above).

Click on Confirm Purchase.

Once that is done your order will be pending before your vendor accepts your order. There are more statuses of ordering, like Pending, Shipped, Finalized and so on.

The last part is that you wait for your package and if everything is good, then kindly release the funds to your vendor. If you however didn’t received your product, just click on open a dispute. The dispute will be then opened between you, vendor and the moderator.

NOTE: Please have in mind that before you choose to open a dispute you should contact your vendor first and ask where you package is. That in most cases should be enough to fix the problem you may having.

How to Buy Drugs Online – Conclusion

You’re done. You are now ready to buy anything you like on the darknet. Please keep in mind to always read reviews before you buy, practice your OPSEC as better as you can, stay safe and use your brain. And last, don’t trust anyone.

What is PGP and how to use it? Tutorial

What is PGP and how to use it? PGP or Pretty Good Privacy is one of the most popular methods for encryption today used by banks, financial institutions, journalists and healthcare organizations worldwide. It’s used to send messages confidentially. People are using it on the dark web too and this tutorial is aimed at that.

What is PGP
PGP Encryption and Decryption Process Explained

Example of PGP used on the dark web

Buyer wants to buy something from the darknet market, he puts his address in Raw File (picture above explained). You copy Public PGP Key from your favorite Vendor and paste it into your software (explained below). With the Raw File you have you just click Encrypt and copy the created output generated by software. You can then send this encrypted message over the forum boards, markets, private chats and more.

Video Tutorial

Below you can find video tutorial or just click here:

How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously (Without ID)

How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously is a blue-print on how to buy bitcoins while maintaining your anonymity. Privacy is the right of every user in the digital world. As Bitcoins becomes something that people will probably use as the preferred payment, many people are looking to jump on the bandwagon.

How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously
How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously (NO ID)

In the early days of Bitcoin purchasing BTC was easy. There were no Banking regulations known as KYC – Known Your Customer. Things have changed since then and Bitcoin is not so anonymous anymore.

NOTE: Every Bitcoin transaction is publicly available forever on Bitcoin Ledger. While a public address that is displayed on the Blockchain is not enough for someone to track you, providing your ID for the KYC regulations can uncover your identity as a bitcoin holder.

How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously – NO ID

Below are some ways to purchase Bitcoins anonymously:

One of the easiest ways for purchasing BTC while keeping your anonymity is through Paxful. With Paxful you can buy bitcoins in cash and in person. By finding someone on Paxful who is selling bitcoins for cash near your area, you can eliminate any KYC providing.

Another way of purchasing Bitcoins is through ATM machines around your city. For more information please visit this website and choose your country.

NOTE: While buying BTC through ATM mostly does not require ID you’re limited to how much you can buy per day/month.

Another and last way to buy bitcoins anonymously is with Prepaid Credit Cards you can acquire at any super market or convenience store. With this card you can buy bitcoins on sites like Paxful and Local Bitcoins .

How to Buy Bitcoins without providing your ID

While this method provides a way for you to buy bitcoins without ID, some of those sites does not accept cash and in person buying but it offers methods like cash deposit.

BitQuick is a website where you can buy bitcoins with cash deposit without providing your ID verification. It works in a way that seller and buyer agree to amount the buyer wants, the seller then deposits Bitcoins into BitQuick Escrow, once the buyer deposit the cash into seller account, bitcoin are released.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that for this method you will need Phone Number Verification.

There are more websites you can use for this method like Hodl Hodl and Bisq.

Advanced Techniques – Use Tor

According to Tor Project, Tor is a free software that helps you browse freely while blocking trackers and defending you against internet surveillance. To use it simply download and install Tor Browser from their Official site at: https://www.torproject.org/download/

Don’t know on what to spend your acquired bitcoins? Please check our Markets section here

PornHub now has a Tor mirror website

PornHub is now on Tor – The popular porn site Pornhub has just launched a mirror site on Tor so you can watch videos privately without worrying about being tracked online. The adult entertainment company has disabled login and user upload functions for the Tor site, but you can still view content anonymously.

PornHub
PornHub is now on Tor

For the uninitiated, the Tor Browser hides a person’s identity and location by rerouting network packets through three layers of nodes located in different countries. This pretty much takes away any website or third-party tracker’s ability to uncover details about the person who’s accessing the site.

Some organizations such as Facebook, BBC, and the New York Times already have Tor mirrors accessible through an Onion link. To access, and Onion site, you’ll have to install the Tor browser on your device first. You can find a suitable version for you at: https://www.torproject.org/download/

In a Blog post, Pornhub said the move was to help protect the content viewing preferences of the LGBT community:

” The move serves to bolster user privacy, ensure network security, and alleviate concerns about browsing habits among LGBT users whose preferences remain criminalized in certain countries. “

Pornhub often launches measures and tools to ensure privacy and safety of its users. In 2017, it switched to HTTPS to block ISPs from knowing what you watch on the site. In 2018, the company launched a VPN service for phone and desktop, for secure and private browsing.

Berlin Man Attempted to order gun on the dark web

Berlin Man Attempted to order gun on the dark web – A 28-year-old who is said to have ordered a live firearm and ammunition from Berlin in the Darknet has stood before the district court. At the time, he had spent a lot of time playing computer games and came up with the idea of ​​getting a real weapon as well as drugs and counterfeit money, the defendant said at the start of the trial. According to the indictment, the man ordered a semi-automatic handgun in July 2019. The account of the supposed provider was not operated by real arms dealers, but by undercover officers of the Australian police.

Berlin Man

After a deposit in the form of bitcoins by the 28-year-old, the case was handed over to the Berlin police, according to the indictment. When the man had paid the remaining sum of 1,500 euros in a parking lot at the Charlottenburg motorway triangle in August 2019 and hoped to hand over the gun, he was arrested. The police also found drugs and several counterfeit banknotes while searching his room in a sports bag.

The accused further stated that he had become unemployed in spring 2019 after having worked in the security industry for several years. Playing on the computer has increased massively after that. After all, he was looking for a weapon in the darknet. “I thought the idea of ​​owning something like this was cool,” said the accused. He had never held a gun in his hand before. The process is expected to continue on January 29.

French DGSI officer charged with selling fake ID on the dark web

French DGSI Officer Charged – An anti-terrorism agent in France’s domestic intelligence service could soon face trial on charges of selling confidential data and fake IDs in the hidden corners of the internet, prosecutors say.

French DGSI Officer
The officer sold fake French ID cards and drivers licenses online. Photo: AFP

Investigators wrapped up their investigation last week into the alleged sales by “Haurus”, the code name for the DGSI officer, now 33, who was arrested in September 2018.

His partner and four of his clients, including a private detective, have also been charged in the inquiry.

Investigators became suspicious after France’s OCRIEST agency, charged with stopping illegal immigration, noticed offers of unusually detailed  personal information and “Gold” quality copies of official documents on the so-called dark net, which offers users total anonymity.

Haurus charged €100 to €300 or more for fake identification cards, driver’s licences or birth certificates, as well as bank documents, phone records or GPS coordinates for tracking specific individuals.

“You provide the identity/registration number to copy, or your own requests, and I’ll find what you need,” read one message from Haurus on the Blackhand v2 forum, according to details of the investigation seen by AFP.

Haurus even touted a “starter pack” of a French driver’s licence, an ID card and six blank cheques, for €500 euros instead of €680.

An anonymous tip alerted investigators of a request to Haurus that eventually identified him as a DGSI agent.

An investigation found that 90 percent of the agent’s internal information requests had nothing to do with his work, and that he and his partners were enjoying the high life, staying in ritzy hotels on numerous vacations.

More alarming, Le Parisien newspaper reported that a former thief imprisoned on drug charges bought tracking data from Haurus on three people – two of whom were later murdered, while the third survived an attempt on his life.

Haurus spent five months in prison before being released under judicial supervision.

Ex Soldier and dark web drug dealer sentenced

Ex Soldier and Dark Web Drug Reseller sentenced to 2.5 years in prison – A former soldier who fell into debt after developing a daily drug habit was caught with almost £7,000 of high-purity cocaine stashed in a Bisto tin.

Ex Soldier
Jonathan Godfrey (Image: Dyfed-Powys Police)

Jonathan Gerrard Godfrey also had more than £1,000 of cannabis and £1,155 in cash when police searched his home in Carmarthen on November 22, 2018.

Craig Jones, prosecuting at Swansea Crown Court , said officers uncovered two large stashed of drugs in the property. They found 62g of 82% pure cocaine in a Bisto gravy tin and almost 95g of cannabis. They also found plastic grip-seal bags and mobile phones containing messages relating to drug dealing going back as far as July.

In his subsequent interview the 31-year-old told police he had bought both drugs with Bitcoin on the “dark web” and said he took them to help treat his anxiety.

Ian Ibrahim, for Godfrey, said the defendant was originally from Birmingham and had joined the Staffordshire Regiment at the age of 19 but was later medically discharged after being diagnosed with paranoia, anxiety, and depression.

The barrister said Godfrey turned to drugs and found himself with a half-a-gram a day cocaine habit which, but the summer of 2018, left him with a £2,000 debt and which in turn led him into dealing. He said: “He knows full well the level of shame and disgrace he has brought upon his family and his young son.”

Godfrey, of Catherine Street, Carmarthen, admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply. He has no previous convictions but does have one caution for possession of cannabis from 2015.

Judge Paul Thomas QC jailed him for two and a half years.

Mailed meth package sends California man to prison

Mailed Meth Package sends California man to 54 months in prison – A California man who picked up a package of meth that had been mailed to Billings was sentenced today to 54 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conviction on drug trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Mailed Meth Package

Michael Armando Sanchez, 27, of Bakersfield, CA, pleaded guilty in November to possession with intent to distribute meth.

Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.

The prosecution said in court records that in March 2019, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier attempted to deliver a package from Bakersfield, CA, to an apartment unit in Billings. The unit was unoccupied, and the mail carrier then knocked on a basement apartment. Two men answered the door. As the carrier left, one of the men claimed to be the “David Castillo,” who was later identified as Sanchez, and said that the package belonged to him. Sanchez was unable to produce any identification to receive the package and was informed that identification would be needed to retrieve the package from the main U.S. Postal Service office. Both men became irate and began yelling and calling the carrier names.  The carrier reported the incident to her supervisor.

Both men went to the post office and spoke with the manager about getting the package. The men became verbally aggressive about not getting the package, and after leaving, Sanchez called the post office again asking about the package.

Law enforcement arranged for a K9 to sniff the package and the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search warrant was executed on the package, which was found to contain about eight ounces of meth. The package was given to the postal inspector for a controlled delivery from the post office.

The inspector called Sanchez and told him the post office could release the package. Both men arrived to pick up the package. Law enforcement arrested Sanchez after he took possession of the package. Sanchez admitted he knew the package contained meth and that it had been sent to him under a fake name.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Patten prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI’s Transnational Organized Crime West task force and USPS.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime in Montana increased by 36% from 2013 to 2018. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.

Press release by DOJ can be found here