Major darknet markets come and go in eras, so it seems, and the current one may be ending.
Two of the biggest digital black markets seem to be disappearing, both at the same time. While it is notoriously hard to find reliable information about the status of these highly illegal endeavors, messages on darknet-specific forums like Dread and reports by darknet-focused news sites like Deep Dot Web indicate that digital black markets Dream Market and Wall Street Market have both become unusable. The former has halted trading altogether, while the latter appears to be confiscating user funds.
Darknet markets, the online market places for illicit goods and services that operate on hidden services and use bitcoin (and sometimes altcoins) for payments, have been around in their current form since 2011, when Ross Ulbricht founded Silk Road. Over the years, many markets have come and gone, and it appears that the days of the current market leaders are now coming to an end as well.
Dream Market, the oldest operating and possibly…