Users who have been visiting the darknet market Berlusconi Market claim that it has been down for more than 2 weeks. Many suspect that market administrators have fled with all funds, leading to speculation about the cause of the outage. Some speculate that Berlusconi Market was hacked and that government agents are responsible. There is no indication of the underground market returning to online any time soon. Check out more about Charity Coin
Exit Scam, or Bust? As Berlusconi Market’s Lights Flicker, Speculation grows
In the past few years, darknet market (DNM) participants realized that DNMs are not always reliable. The DNM community believed that Alphabay was an exit scam when it went offline during the first week in July 2017. Alphabay was in fact taken down by global law enforcement. However, no one knew Alphabay was being seized as the authorities were busy operating undercover the Hansa market. Although things were somewhat stable for a while with Dream taking the reins for a while the DNM took the reins for April. DNM participants have noticed the lights flickering in their favorite markets more recently, with Wall Street Market going out of business and last month’s Dread outage. Berlusconi Market is the next to fall, as the DNM has been reportedly offline from September 22.
Berlusconi Admins Vanish — Darknet Users Rush for Alternatives
Berlusconi Market (BM), vendors and customers have been looking for new markets and avenues on forums. BM, which has over 300,000 users, is one of the most widely used DNMs in existence after the DNM shakeups. A lot of people think that BM admins were scammed and ran off with vendor deposits. Vendors are required to make a minimum purchase in order to sell their product. Escrow also holds customer deposits.
Berlusconi Administrators Vanish — Darknet Users Rush for Alternatives
Darknetstats.com states that BM is “partially upgraded” and adds: “Berlusconi has had captcha problems since yesterday. The market isn’t accessible to users. DDoS attacks in the past have caused the same problem for the market. We are trying contact Berlusconi admin. However, darknetstats.com users commenting do not seem to believe that BM will be coming back. One person asked: “How can someone trust a marketplace again if BM is able to do this?” Another individual claimed they lost contact and were scammed out of a few hundred dollars. A BM vendor was angry that he paid $250 to be a vendor and that he was forced to compete with spammers and stupid ads.