The darknet marketplace Berlusconi Market has been reportedly down for more than two weeks, according to users who patronize the hidden website. The outage has led many to believe the market administrators exit scammed with all the funds. While others speculate that government agents have infiltrated Berlusconi Market as there are no signs of the underground market coming back online anytime soon.
Exit Scam or Bust? Speculation Grows as Berlusconi Market’s Lights Start to Flicker
Over the last few years, many darknet marketplace (DNM) participants have realized, and sometimes in an unfortunate way, that DNMs come and go. For instance, during the first week of July 2017, the hidden marketplace Alphabay went offline and the DNM community assumed it was an exit scam. However, Alphabay was actually taken down by global law enforcement and no one knew Alphabay was seized because the authorities were busy operating the Hansa market undercover. Things were good for a little while as Dream took the reigns for quite some time but the massive DNM recently bit the dust in April. In fact, DNM participants have been noticing the lights of their favorite markets flickering a lot more lately with Wall Street Market going under and last month’s Dread outage. This month, Berlusconi Market is purportedly the next to fall as the DNM has been reportedly offline since September 22.
Berlusconi Market (BM) customers and vendors have been scrambling for new avenues and alternative markets on forums. BM, with its 300,000 users, was recently one of the most popular DNM in existence since the recent DNM shake-ups this year.