Darknet Marketplace Tor2door Vanishes, Allegedly Swindling a ‘Massive Crypto Escrow Balance’
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Numerous reports have detailed that a darknet marketplace (DNM) by the name of Tor2door reportedly pulled off an exit scam, making off with a “massive crypto escrow balance.” Discontent began brewing among Tor2door users when the site vanished from the deep web on September 14, 2023, as per narratives emerging from individuals on the DNM forum Dread.
Tor2door’s Alleged Exit Scam Sends Ripples Through DNM Communities
This week several accounts have surfaced, pointing to a potential exit scam by the Darknet Marketplace (DNM) known as Tor2door, leaving its users and vendors high and dry. The revelation caught eyes on social media platform X, when DNM and Tor researcher ‘Dark Fail’ shed light on the market’s downfall.
“Tor2door darknet market exit scammed this week, stealing a massive crypto escrow balance of pending orders between their narcotics buyers and sellers,” remarked Dark Fail.
Kick-started in July 2020, Tor2door served as a hub for illegal drug transactions, while also offering guides on account hacking, carding, and various types of identity and financial fraud. The narrative of Tor2door’s alleged exit scam was also detailed by the website slcyber.io (Searchlight Cyber), which provided a comprehensive account of the events.
According to Searchlight Cyber, the market boasted more than 19,000 distinct listings and had 900 unique vendors. The chatter surrounding Tor2door’s issues reportedly began circulating on September 14, 2023. The ripples of concern transitioned into waves of distress on the Dread forum, as users found Tor2door’s mirror links rendered useless.
The unfolding narrative told by Searchlight Cyber depicted users in the subsequent days reaching out in desperation to Tor2door admins. Official vendors of Tor2door too voiced their grievances, leading to assumptions of either an exit scam or a law enforcement takedown swirling around.
The conversation has further spilled over to the Reddit on the clearnet forum r/topdarknetmarketplace. “Tor2door has been down for 2 days now,” one person wrote. “No sign from admin at this point. Could be DDoS. Do not take any mirror links from somebody or [a] website you don’t know [is] legit. Be careful folks.”
A post, published 11 days ago on r/topdarknetmarketplace, pondered the possibility of the DNM admin having been apprehended and subdued by law enforcement. Ever since the dawn of the Silk Road, DNMs have mushroomed, igniting a relentless cat-and-mouse chase between operators and the law.
Searchlight Cyber noted that competing “rival markets such as Cypher and Dark Matter” are now vying to attract Tor2door “refugees” towards their alternative DNMs.
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