AlphaBay Marketplace Added New And Unique Features

With all the recent news circling the Darknet on exit-scams and market shutdowns it is a refreshing thing to see some of the markets not only managing to stay afloat, but actually releasing new features to help its users promote themselves better. It seems that AlphaBay has recently become a synonym for new features and while some users are not really happy with the market paying so much attention to “unneeded detail”, AlphaBay staff does not show signs of stopping their feature streak any time soon.

The two features that were released by AlphaBay Marketplace, as I previously mentioned, the goal of helping the users promote themselves in two ways. These are Sticky Listings and Sticky Topics. As the name suggests the first feature will be implemented directly to the market, while the second one will be usable on AlphaBay forum.

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AlphaBay – Sticky Listings

Alphabay Sticky Listing

The Sticky Listing feature will offer the option to highlight one of your listings for a limited time. If a vendor has some listing that he would particularly like to share with his customers or a new product enters his stock, they can make that listing “sticky” by going to their Listings page and clicking the Sticky button. After that they will be prompted to choose the time they want to make their listing sticky for. There are 3 possibilities for now and each of them has their own price depending on the amount of time wanted. The options are as follows: USD $120 for 7 days, USD $180 for 15 days or USD $300 for 30 days. After making their listing sticky, it will show among the top search results for the given category, thus making it more visible to potential buyers.

AlphaBay – Sticky Topics


The second feature is Sticky Topics. What they do is very similar with the exception that the first feature is made for the market and the second will be active on forums. After paying the fee (USD $150 for 30 days, USD $300 for 60 days or USD $450 for 90 days) the forum topic of your choice will be market as sticky and will appear in the top of the forum section where it is located. It is important to note that Sticky Topics are as of now only available for Listings Review section of the forum as to prevent the abuse of the feature.

The two new features have run into mixed feelings from the users of AlphaBay Marketplace, which is evident from the recent post on their subreddit and other forums. There are some users who believe that giving the ability to list low-quality products or vendors above the reputable ones for a fee is contradictory to the feedback system that was set up earlier and has shown good results. The other side of debate welcomes these AlphaBay features as a unique way to advertise if used correctly and could increase profits to some vendors.

Despite the split judgment of the AlphaBay users regarding the recent features, it seems that the market staff has no plans to stop rolling out improvements to the site, both aesthetic and practical.

The Darknet And Alphabay Marketplace

Darknet And Alphabay

Ever since the famous Silk Road takedown, it seems that the darknet has gained a lot of “unwanted” attention from the general public. The issue would not be as bad if a lot of people weren’t looking at darknet with an already created prejudiced view gained from listening to news about Silk Road. While there is a lot of criminal activity happening on the darknet it is not really a rumored “underworld” of the net where bad things can befall you the moment you “connect” to it.

Let us start from the very basics of what the “Darknet” really is. As some of you may know, there is a very big portion of the internet called the deep web consisting of unindexed data. This is essentially the data that Google, Yahoo and other browsers do not or cannot access generally due to it being intangible and not directly relevant to what users are searching for. One part of the deep web however is made up of websites such as the AlphaBay sitethat are intentionally “hidden” from browsers and that is what darknet is. These sites like AlphaBay have no regular URLs and therefore require special software to be accessed. And since you cannot search for those sites like AlphaBay you need to already know their address from an outside source. Essentially you need an invitation.

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AlphaBay – Tor

The above mentioned “special software” needed for accessing sites like AlphaBay is Tor browser. When connecting to internet using Tor your signal will be rerouted several times through the nodes making your IP harder to track and appear the same as that of the last or “exit” node instead of the one assigned to your computer. While this offers some degree of anonymity, your ISP can still see that you are using Tor browser and a persistent investigator can track you even if you are using Tor.

TOR Browser

This is where VPNs become useful. What VPNs do is they create an encrypted tunnel through which a user can connect to the internet, so your ISP only sees where you have “entered” the tunnel, but not where you are going or where you exited. The only one that knows this is the VPN service provider and you always want to choose the one that keeps no logs of its users’ activities. If that is the case there is 99% certainty that you are indeed anonymous on the web when using both Tor and said VPN.

Now that you have connected to your VPN of choice and fired up your Tor browser you will be welcomed by Tor’s starting page. After some inspection you will realize that Tor is pretty much the same as your everyday browser. You can even use it for your day-to-day browsing, albeit the speed will be much slower. With all this it is obvious that you are still connected to the “ordinary” internet or clearnet. So how do you connect on the darknet and accessed sites like AlphaBay?

Well, you cannot connect to it in the literal meaning of the word. You can only visit specific sites that are part of it since the whole point of darknet is that it is unconnected. If you search the clearnet for some links you will find a number of sites offering them to their visitors. There are also several subreddits of sites like AlphaBay that have all sorts of information on the topic. You do not have to visit any sites that have anything to do with illegal actions, but chances are you will run into some of them nonetheless. Aside from offering a relatively safe ground for illicit activity, the darknet is also used by activists and information traders from countries that are prosecuting and controlling the freedom of speech. This is the reason for a number of blogs on darknet that have information you will not see on clearnet. There are also sites which use darknet for secure information drop-off for any potential whistle-blowers (think E. Snowden controversy and you got the right idea). But like with anything, take it with a grain of salt since there is false information on darknet like on every other form of media.

AlphaBay Marketplace

For those who are looking for the notorious darknet markets like AlphaBay Marketplace (for research purposes obviously) there is a number of lists on clearnet where you can get the .onion links to them. AlphaBay has seen an especially good growth rate over the course of its lifetime, mainly due to the professionalism put into it. And that is another thing;darknet markets like the AlphaBay aren’t a rag-tag construction of throw-away code like you would imagine something that needs to be abandoned quickly would be. There are markets out there, like AlphaBay, that could stand toe-to-toe with clearnet markets design and feature-wise.

Alphabay Home

AlphaBay – Bitcoin

One thing you are sure to notice when visiting darknet markets such as the AlphaBay Marketplace is that all AlphaBay transactions done there are conducted using “Bitcoin.”By using bitcoin you can purchase goods or services from sites like AlphaBay without anybody knowing your identity. If handled properly,bitcoin can leave no trace of its user’s information at all and this is why it has become the currency of choice on darknet markets like AlphaBay.

Whether it is illegal or legal actions it seems that darknet is getting more and more attention from the general public. While the opinion on whether this is a good thing or a bad thing does exist, many visitors are just “passers-by” that heard about it and want to check it out. The problem is that many people have a bad impression of it, usually created by the notion that only offenders visit these pages and fail to realize that darknet offers the only possibility for somebody to freely express their views. But as long as mainstream media continues to report only on the bad aspects of darknet, this opinion is unlikely to change.

Alphabay Darknet Market Features

Given the fact that darknet markets are known to be short-lived it is not odd that most of them are made to be quite simple from the technical side of things. Outside the basic features needed to conduct business online and those that provide increased security for users, very few markets opt for “enriching” their site with users’ convenience in mind.

This makes the fact that AlphaBay is implementing such features all the more interesting. This should not be considered as a bad thing, on the contrary many of these features hugely improve the stability of AlphaBay and reduce the percent of scams and failed transactions occurring. While this has made AlphaBay more technically complex and part of darknet community frowns upon it, it seems that people are starting to get used to such additions and are welcoming them at that.

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Alphabay Digital Contact
One of the more recent features added by the owners of AlphaBay Marketplace is what they call a “Digital Contract”. This feature works in the same way that its name suggests. Like the regular contract both parties in a transaction decide on forming it to cover some additional business matters. One of them then pays the $5 contract fee and is prompted to write out the contents of the contract. While there is no given draft for this, the administrators of AlphaBay Market advise that the contract is written in such a way that it covers all the necessary data and possible circumstances one can think of. This will ensure that in case of dispute arising, there will be sufficient data to reach a clear and unbiased verdict. These contracts will be made visible on user’s profile regardless of whether they have been completed successfully or not. This will enhance the already existing rating and feedback system that exists on AlphaBay and ensures the legitimacy of its vendors.

Alphabay Digital Contact
Another feature that was implemented on AlphaBay is the Auto Shop. This feature has seen use in selling stolen credit cards and hacked accounts. There is also the possibility of filtering your searches by Name, ZIP, Country, BIN, Seller, City or others making the relatively large list of entries easier to navigate. There are some negative rants on AlphaBay reddit however, mostly regarding scamming. It seems that Auto Shop has an unusually large amount of scammers and the fact that the feedback feature is not usable when using Auto Shop does not help the matter. There are several instances of scamming reported on AlphaBay reddit and a significant part of community seems to stay away from this feature to avoid the danger of unnecessarily loosing Bitcoin. Despite this, AlphaBay Marketplace has not lost credibility, as their main website and marketplace are still one of the most stable and secure places to do business on Darknet.

Aplhabay Autoshop
And with the new ScamWatch feature being implemented as you read this, there is hope in even more reliable service on AlphaBay. While this will not outright remove the possibility of users being scammed it seems like a step in the right direction when it comes to creating a somewhat trustworthy community on Darknet.

For those looking for safety when buying or selling on the darknet, AlphaBay Marketplace is starting to pull ahead as the true successor of the original Silk Road even though it has yet to improve a lot in the eyes of Darknet community. With its moderators working hard on improving the user experience, one would have a hard time believing that AlphaBay is in fact, a Darknet website.

The Deep Web And The Darknet Hidden Services

It seems like only yesterday when most people where browsing the internet, blissfully unaware of what is happening underneath its surface. Then the media realized there is an interesting story to be told there and thus series like House of Cards was created, followed by an “in-depth” story on the Deep Web and Silk Road’s downfall.

What this did is create an unnecessary confusion over the terms “Deep Web” and “Darknet”(or Dark Net) and the things these terms represent. The mistake here was the use of said terms interchangeably, probably caused by the lack of research done on their history.

The term “Deep Web” was actually coined by Mike Bergman and the company Bright Planet as a name for unindexed part of the web. To understand this better one would first need to understand the way in which search engines look for content. For a search engine like Google or Yahoo any content not connected to something via a link is practically non-existent. This includes dynamically created pages like, a Gmail account or information you need to use the site’s search box (which search engines cannot do) to find. This being said, it is clear that about 96% of the web can in fact be considered “Deep Web”.

deep webThe misconception was created when people wrongfully started using the term “Deep Web” to describe what is known as “Darknet”. The difference here lies in the fact that while Deep Web is unindexed due to technical inabilities of a search engine, the content on the darknet is purposefully hidden from the surface net. While there are numerous ways to hide content on web, the one most commonly used by users is through the use of Tor or The Onion Router.

This is specialized software used to access sites with hidden content which can be recognized by having an “.onion” suffix in the URL. It was first created by the US Navy as a way to encrypt data and increase anonymity, but since all the data was sent from the US Navy and to US Navy the project was abandoned and shared with the public due to obvious lack of practicality. The way Tor works is by having a network of computers become “nodes” through which users are rerouted when making a search query. This makes their IP change every time it jumps from node to node making it increasingly difficult to track. While this system is very strong it still has its vulnerabilities and should not be takes as completely untraceable. The main thing to note about browsing the darknet with Tor is that it differs from conventional Internet browsing. Since it is unindexed, you cannot type the name of the web page in the browser and hope to get a list of pages that match your query. Instead, you need to have the link to the page given to you by somebody who already visited the site in order to be able to enter it. There is no comprehensive index of websites residing on the deep web. Some have built small lists of deep web links.

This system however opens the possibility for a whole new world, or rather “underworld” on the internet. By creating special randomized URL’s that can only be read by Tor, a completely different community has appeared fueled by anonymity. Any black-market good from stolen credit card information to firearms and drugs can be found on the darknet. Another thing that became synonymous with it was “hacking” or rather “cracking” for those who have term preferences. The anonymity that the darknet has to offer makes it a haven for those looking to offer their “technical knowledge” as a service, but also those praying on less tech-savvy people, looking to relieve them of their credit card and personal information.

tor browserThe most common places where one could find illegal goods being marketed are the darknet markets. After the downfall of the biggest and most notorious online black market, the Silk Road, many new contestants began to battle for the top place. In the upcoming period hundreds of marketplaces where created and brought down continuously, mainly due to newly found mistrust in the safety of Tor and darknet in general. One other thing that this created was the rise of false marketplaces and opportunities for scammers. The most notorious story one will hear on the darknet is the one revolving around the Evolution marketplace’s exit scam. The owners of said site created a stable community and were one of the prime contenders to replace Silk Road before closing the site and disappearing with $12 million of their customer’s Bitcoins. After this incident the darknet market community was severely shaken, but despite that it still remains functional on sites like AlphaBay, Agora, and Nucleus.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are some sites on the darknet that contain child pornography and other disturbing content. This is the one major downfall with the darknet because while it gives a place for free thinkers, political activists, drug users and anyone else that cherishes their privacy, a place to be open and free it does also give the same liberties to the sick and twisted scum of the earth pedophile’s.

With all the illegal actions taking place and questionable content being posted on the darknet, it is easy to forget the good sides of such a place. For example it offers a possibility for uncensored freedom of speech for countries where governments are stricter regarding their media. It also offers a safe place for people to exchange information and stories with the media and between each other, anonymously.

To summarize, the difference between Deep Web and Darknet, while not too big still exists and lies within their scope. The Deep web is the entire wealth of information unindexed by search engines for one reason or another. The Darknet however, is actually a small fragment of the Deep Web, artificially hidden from the search engines and usually connected to illegal actions.

While both Deep Web and Darknet terms are relatively new and still evolving, it is important to use them properly now more than ever to raise technical awareness of the public and avoid misinformation as much as possible.

The Anonymous Virtual Currency “Bitcoin”

bitcoinBitcoin is largely considered the first decentralized cryptocurrency created. It was published as an invention by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 and it was released as open-source software in 2009. While there were systems similar to it before it was published, Bitcoin has brought about a revolution in online economy and has inspired the creation of multiple other cryptocurrencies.

What makes Bitcoin one of the favorite means of payment online is the fact that while today’s economy largely relies on big banks, Bitcoin does not, since it is a completely decentralized system to begin with. This means that no single person, corporation or country has control over the Bitcoin market and nobody can claim them unlawfully. This is possible due to Bitcoin system’s design, making it essentially one big, virtual ledger. Everybody can access it through specialized software and since it is open-source, everybody can check it out to make sure that it does exactly what its creators said it would.

The primary way one can get a hold of Bitcoin is through mining them. While normal currencies are based on gold or silver reserves, Bitcoin are based on mathematical algorithms. By allowing your computer to be used for solving complex mathematical calculations using the Bitcoin software you are carrying out an action known as “mining”. Your computer is essentially helping in finalizing transactions which are part of Bitcoin block-chain earning you a small part of transaction fees which are translated into Bitcoin of value equal to the amount of your contribution. As its name suggest the block-chain is a structure made of Bitcoin blocks, lists of transactions happening all over the world. The block is updated regularly and its updates are sent to all miners working on it.

The way miners work on a block is by applying a set mathematical algorithm to it and gaining a so-called “hash” out of it. It is very easy to create a hash out of a block and computers can perform this task very rapidly. To make sure that the amount of available Bitcoin does not become too large, developers designed a way to make mining more difficult the more coins are mined out. This is done by prompting the miners’ computers to create a hash with specific properties which differ for every hash needed. Another important thing when mining for Bitcoin is “nonce”.  When Bitcoin block is hashed along with a “nonce” it should give a set output and unless one does not get that exact output, the “nonce” is incorrect and searched for again. Since “nonce” is checked in order from 0 upwards, it takes a considerable amount of time to find the right one.

A thing to note about Bitcoin is the anonymity involved with making transactions with them. To store Bitcoin, one needs only a personal address of their wallet. While everybody can tell how much Bitcoin there are on a certain address, no one is able to tell who the address belongs to. If one uses different Bitcoin addresses constantly and never deposit Bitcoin from different addresses into a single one, there is virtually no way to trace who the Bitcoin belong to.

It is for this reason that Bitcoin have become the primary currency when doing any form of business on Darknet. Due to illicit nature of many actions conducted on darknet markets it is vital that its users remain anonymous. There are multiple ways to protect one’s Bitcoin when dealing with unknown vendors, but one should always make sure to deal with reputable people before giving away their personal information. It is also important to note that there are numerous phishing sites around darknet, praying on inexperienced people and their Bitcoin wallets.

The most important thing is not to use the same account information twice and to make sure that the information you give does not link to any of your personal information. More than 80% of reported scams on darknet are nothing more than inexperienced users giving away their information to phishing sites, just to find their Bitcoin taken away by somebody.

Lately the Bitcoin has begun to take heavy criticism of their privacy policy, mainly due to their block-chain being public and accessible by anybody. It is for this reason that many people contemplated switching over to a different cryptocurrency like Altcoin or Darkcoin. The problem that has risen from this was somewhat counterintuitive to what one might think happened. Since the two above mentioned crypocurrencies have a “hidden”, encrypted block they raise more suspicion about the people using them. Firstly, there is the mentality that, it is obvious that if somebody would go to such lengths to protect their identity they must be hiding something.

Bitcoin-CryptocurrencyThe second thing needs a little bit more explanation. It is obvious that for those looking to hide something, it is the best option to increase possible suspects as much as possible. If there is only information that the suspect is using Bitcoin to conduct business it is not too helpful since millions of people are doing so just to buy a coffee at a local coffee shop or order something over the internet. The amount of people using other, more anonymous cryptocurencies is much lower, meaning less people to sift through if one was to look for you. So, essentially the decreased anonymity of Bitcoin has made it much safer and less suspicious to use than other, safer cryptocurrency options.

The only real problem that users of Bitcoin face, which greatly affects small vendors on darknet is its volatility or constantly changing value. For a small business, a single Bitcoin, with its value changing by tens or hundreds of dollars on a weekly basis can make a difference between making a profit and losing money. This is the primary reason why people are looking into alternative payment options, but so far none has offered the benefits that Bitcoin does.

If we sum it all up it is clear that Bitcoin will remain the currency of choice for darknet market users as long as its benefits outweigh the risks, but if a good alternative appears in the future, there is no doubt that it will be accepted with open arms.

AlphaBay: One Of The Top Darknet Markets

One of the largest marketplaces on Deep Web, AlphaBay, was and still is a heaven-like place for those looking to buy or sell black market goods. AlphaBay was founded right before the Evolution market controversy and has had a huge growth spurt, partially due to that incident. Being founded by a well-known carder and carding forums member, alpha02, the AlphaBay has a good reputation in the deep web community.


AlphaBay is what one would consider a classic marketplace-type website. It has its own categories and two distinct groups of users, buyers and vendors. What separates the AlphaBay from its competitors is the increased security levels implemented on the site. In an interview for, the founder of AlphaBay explained the security features presently put up on the site and what how they affect the overall security. This being said, one would find the amount of scam accusations on forums, relatively high. If one visits AlphaBay sub-reddit they will encounter a pretty much 50/50 mix of positive and negative reviews about their experiences on the site.

This should not discourage potential users, because of the fact that while AlphaBay has, until now, proven to be very reliable there is a huge number of scamming sites on deep web praying on new users and their credentials. Approximately 80% of all negative, scam-related post’s directed towards AlphaBay and their business policy can be pinned down to new users being phished out of their credit and account information and ultimately bitcoins. It is important for this reason that one uses different passwords on every website they sign in and look into learning to use 2FA and Multisig transactions before conducting any business on deep web in general.

If we exclude potential outside threats, AlphaBay does seem to take extra care about their security. After following the onion link, one will be directed to what seems to be, their custom captcha verification page. While not being too important in the overall security, it helps prevent DDoS attacks and spam-bots to some extent, making the site’s uptime a quite commendable 97.4%. The site itself is also custom-coded which, while being a common feature on deep web still increases security.

All transactions are done in bitcoins to ensure user’s anonymity and there are several layers of transaction protection present on the AlphaBay site. The withdrawal PIN, vendor bond and forced vendor PGP are constantly up and operational and the site also supports 2FA and Multisig transactions making it one of the most security-heavy on deep web.

There are multiple categories on the site, with firearms drugs and stolen credit card information being permitted for offering. There are close to 20, 000 entries currently available on the site and surprisingly, not much of them are drug listings. Compared to other marketplaces the ratio of drug listings to total listings is much lower, but that does not mean that the quality of the merchandise or service is bad. As it stands, some of the most well-reputed vendors have their shops set up exclusively on AlphaBay. Unfortunately, with so many vendors there is also a large amount of scammers present, but those can generally be found out easily, by looking at the reviews that buyer’s post about the level of satisfaction to the service they received and generally sticking to tried and proven vendors.

AlphaBay Drugs

While the entire site is accessible only on the deep web, AlphaBay is one of the rare darknet markets that openly market themselves on Clearnet. They have a single page website set up with directions to their darknet market and a sub-reddit forum actively moderated by alpha02 himself and his moderators. The moderators of AlphaBay were known to be very prompt and quick to respond to disputes, but as of recently, more and more posts are appearing criticizing their ‘lack of care’ for their users’ problems.

There are recent rumors circling the forums that AlphaBay may have started to show symptoms of exit scam preparation, but none are conclusive and for now, there does not seem to be an immediate threat of exit scam being planned. There are also plans of cooperation with Russian deep web community in order to establish a mutually productive partnership and increase the market, but as of now no concrete action was taken in this direction.

All in all, while the Evolution exit scam has left everybody’s trust in darknet markets shaken; AlphaBay seems like a good place to do your business. With a little bit of research on protecting your account info from theft and the use of common sense, one can purchase and sell from this site without the need to worry about its owners and their hidden plans.

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