Darknet market revenues hit a new all-time high in 2020, despite declining individual purchases from marketplaces. Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis also spotted a singular driver behind the new record witnessed over the last year.
Hydra Market Is the Major Driver Behind Revenue Figures in 2020
According to the Chainalysis 2021 Crypto Crime Report, darknet markets brought in a total of $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrencies in 2020. But the report unveiled that Hydra Market, one of the largest illegal marketplaces in the darknet, boosted the total revenue significantly.
In fact, Chainalysis details that without Hydra’s figures, darknet market revenue should have stayed “roughly flat” from 2019 to 2020. As a particular fact, Hydra Market is a one-of-its-kind darknet marketplace, as it only serves Russian-speaking countries.
The research revealed that Hydra could be considered the largest darknet market globally, accounting for over 75% of the 2020 revenue. According to the analytics firm,…