‘Lack of Use’ on I2P Promotes Libertas Market Shut Down

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The Libertas Market had recently moved to the I2P network has followed by shutting down their onion service in less than a month has now decided to close the shop on I2P as well stating the cause to be the “lack of use of I2P”. A closing message has been issued in the Libertas Market, where the admin has claimed that all the marketplaces on the Tor network are honeypots operated by law enforcement. Libertas Market, a market that has recently made a second appearance after vanishing for unknown reasons, ended their operations on May 19, 2019. The announcement that was published by an official of the Libertas Market account on Dread, called the shutdown a “hiatus until further notice.”

In the month of May, the market had opened up shop on the I2P network in an attempt to avoid the denial of service (DOS) attacks that crippled the most dark web marketplaces. The Libertas Market originally kept both their hidden service storefront and their website storefront open but at the same time encouraged users to make the switch to I2P. The irregular uptimes that have been caused by the denial of service (DOS) attacks have inspired the move. The Libertas Market admin cited a more serious concern in the I2P announcement as below:

After several days, a similar message has been put up where the Libertas Market administrator announced the closure of the Tor hidden wiki service. It stated that the market would only operate on the I2P network. A number of guides have been posted on setting up and using the I2P network. The guides are straightforward and simple but required more effort than most darkweb market users usually expended when visiting the marketplaces. Opening the Tor Browser and entering dark.fail into the address bar is considered simple and standard. Deviations requiring the additional work in the exchange for very little reward (unless the tor network is a honeypot) rarely lead to any success, especially in this market sector. It was not even a month completing the switch that the Libertas Market administrator made the decision to end the market once again. However, this time, the admin left a message for users and presumably gave the few users of the website an opportunity to send any last minute messages.

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