2023 was tough.

AlphaBay Market: Exited in February 2023 under unclear circumstances, possibly due to a law enforcement takedown or an exit scam​

Tor Market: Announced closure in late March 2023 with all orders resolved and funds returned to users and vendors​

Vice City Market: Stopped processing withdrawals in May 2023, leading to a suspected slow exit scam​

ASAP Market: Announced retirement in July 2023, marking a planned closure with all withdrawals processed​

Tor2Door and Royal Market: Both markets suddenly disappeared around September 2023, suspected to be exit scams​

M00nkey Market: Abruptly went offline at the end of October 2023, with no clear reason, leading to speculation about the administrator’s arrest​

Squid Market: Closed in the spring of 2023 due to technical issues with its script​

Dark Bazar: Unexpectedly disappeared in late November 2023, with its fate remaining unknown​

Apocalypse Market: Experienced a major security breach in 2023 due to an IP address leak by the administrator​

Piilopuoti: A Finnish-language dark web marketplace, seized by Finnish authorities in cooperation with Europol, Eurojust, and authorities in Germany and Lithuania.

Hope the new 2024 will be better!

Sarah Cone

By Sarah Cone

Sarah Shadow is a skilled journalist and writer with a keen eye for detail. She has spent the last 5 years specializing in news about darknet markets and activity within the Tor network. With her extensive knowledge and expertise, Sarah is able to uncover even the most hidden secrets of the digital underground. Despite her serious profession, Sarah has a playful side and enjoys solving puzzles and brain teasers in her free time. Sarah's twitter: https://twitter.com/pollyplummer