According to a number of sources, one of the largest darknet markets in the world, Empire Market has been offline for well over 36 hours. The researcher and analyst Dark.fail has been tweeting about the subject, as the market hasn’t been down for this long since 2019.
It seems the popular darknet market (DNM) Empire has been down for well over a day and a half now, and ever since it went offline DNM patrons have been edgy.
On Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Reddit forum r/darknet with its 127,000 subscribers is littered with threads and memes concerning Empire’s downtime. The website darknetstats.com indicates that Empire is “down, not working,” according to the web portal’s Empire stats page.
The ‘Reddit-like’ deep web discussion forum, Dread is also filled with individuals discussing Empire’s downtime.
On Twitter, the account @Darkdotfail or Dark.fail has been keeping the public up-to-date with all the Empire action this weekend. Dark.fail noted on Friday that Empire was suffering from a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
Basically, a DDoS attack is when the normal traffic is disrupted because a targeted server is overwhelmed by a flood of instigated and artificial traffic. Darknet markets and deep web forums have been attacked quite often in the past with severe DDoS attacks.
“Empire Market remains under a large DDoS attack making it very slow to access,” Dark.fail tweeted on August 21. “Monero functionality appears broken, Bitcoin is functioning according to multiple trusted sources. Always PGP verify URLs, many phishing links are circulating.”
In the world of darknets, two of the largest today include Russia’s Hydra marketplace and the notorious Empire Market.
Dread’s co-admin Paris believes that Russia’s largest darknet market Hydra uses a custom multi-threaded Tor implementation to stay online despite DDoS attacks. It’s hard to verify this, but their uptime is nearly perfect. pic.twitter.com/06HndD6ytD