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Evolution
Evolution.png
Caption: Home Page
Web Address(s): http://k5zq47j6wd3wdvjq.onion.sale/
Referral: No
Forum: http://i25c62nvu4cgeqyz.onion.sale/
Uptime: 96.4%
Listings: 20,221, 31.29%
Previously hacked: No
Owner: Verto (founder), Kimble (administrator)
Launched: January 2014
Current Status: Exit Scam [1]
Rating:
1.50
(2 votes)

Evolution was a Tor hidden service operating as an online black market. Launched in early 2014, it saw rapid growth within its first several months and later on helped in part by law enforcement seizures of some of its competitors during Operation Onymous. Wired estimated that as of October 11 it was one of the two largest drug markets.[2][3] It is notable for its security[4] as well as more lax rules on stolen credit cards and others kinds of fraud than similar sites like Silk Road and Agora.[5][6] Speaking about why Evolution was not part of Operation Onymous, head of European police cybercrimes division said it was "because there's only so much we can do on one day."[7]

The owner of the site is claimed to be the owner of Tor Carding Forums, a well established underground community with more then 14k users, making Evolution a prime attraction for fraud related services. [8] The site has been praised for it's slick design, quality of vendors, and prompt customer support. It is considered a top rated and recommended marketplace with no reported issues. [9] It's pristine reputation has also given it a "honeypot" status, with speculation that the site is being run by law enforcement due to its unusually stable uptime, speed, and association with Tor Carding Forums.[10][11][12]

According to a report by the Daily Dot, Evolution had become the biggest dark net market of all time.[13]

On the 18th of March 2015 the hidden service was no longer accessible, it was announced by NSWGreat who was a staff member on Evolution that the two administrators Kimble and Verto (Evolution Admin) had stopped withdrawals and proceeded with an Exit Scam. [14]

History and Growth

Little is known about the sites mysterious founder Verto, but he seems to have little in common with the so-called Dread Pirate Roberts, the creator of the Silk Road now alleged to be the 30-year-old Ross Ulbricht currently jailed in Brooklyn, New York. DPR would often espouse libertarian sentiments when describing the Silk Road, describing it as a libertarian experiment designed to give people the ability to buy anything that doesn’t impinge on someone else’s rights.

“We don’t allow the sale of anything that’s main purpose is to harm innocent people, or [for which] it was necessary to harm innocent people to bring it to market,” DPR told Wired. “I want to be able to pursue my dreams and live my life as I see fit, unhindered by others, and I want others to have the same freedom.”

Evolution has no such “do-no-harm” clause. Its “forbidden goods” page bans child pornography, “services related to murder/assassination/terrorism,” prostitution, ponzi schemes, and lotteries. But it sells a variety of weapons, and as with Verto’s older Tor Carding Forum, it declares open season on victims of identity theft.

Since it launched in December 2013, the anonymous black market bazaar Evolution has grown dramatically, nearly tripling its sales listings in just the last five months. It now offers more than 15,000 mostly illegal products ranging from weapons to weed, cocaine, and heroin. That’s thousands more than the Silk Road ever hosted. And Evolution’s popularity has been driven not only by a more secure and professional operation than its competitors, but also by a more amoral approach to the cryptomarket than the strict libertarian ethos the Silk Road preached. Case in point: About 10 percent of Evolution’s products are stolen credit card numbers and credentials for hacked online accounts.

That development represents an departure from the Silk Road’s rule that only “victimless” contraband could be sold through its anonymous black market—a sign that the traditional cybercriminal underground sees an opportunity to merge its identity theft business with the widening online trade in narcotics.

Verto is also, unsurprisingly, less talkative than his Dread Pirate predecessor. When WIRED reached out to him and another Evolution administrator named Kimble, only Kimble responded: “I’m sorry, but we’ll have to kindly refuse your offer.”

One factor in Evolution’s success no doubt has been the Silk Road 2′s misfortune: the larger site took a major blow when its administrators claimed last February that hackers had stolen $2.7 million worth of users’ bitcoins. Despite using its own profits to since reimburse around 80 percent of affected users, it has yet to win back the drug-selling community. Its number of product listings actually fell since its hack, and have only recently recovered, according to the Digital Citizens’ Alliance numbers.

Evolution, by contrast, has used clever security measures designed to prevent that sort of heist. Like the Silk Road, Evolution accepts only bitcoins and runs on the anonymity software Tor to prevent its users or itself from being tracked by law enforcement. But it also implements a bitcoin feature called “multi-signature transactions.” When users make a purchase on Evolution, they can place their bitcoins in an escrow account created by the site. Control of that account is shared by the site’s administrators, the buyer, and the seller; two out of three of those parties must sign off on the deal before the coins can be moved again. That makes it far more difficult for buyers and sellers to scam each another, and prevents coins from being stolen by the site’s operators or seized by law enforcement.

In another innovative security trick, the site also offers its own version of two-factor authentication: When the feature is switched on, anyone logging in is required to decrypt a message with the private PGP key kept on their hard drive.

Such features seem to have pulled buyers and sellers in by the thousands, outweighing any squeamishness around Evolution’s theft-friendly policies. As the site quickly gains users, the Digital Citizens Alliance worries it represents an erosion of the principles of the lucrative online drug trade, whose profits could now fund markets for far nastier crimes. The group’s dark net-focused researcher points to Tor-hidden sites that have attempted, for instance, to offer assassinations in exchange for bitcoin, though without much apparent success. “It’s an interesting evolution that’s going on, no pun intended,” he says. “After credit card fraud, what’s the next thing?” [15]

Contingency plan for ddos or unexplained downtime

First check regular evolution link.

If link doesn't work, try one of these alternative domains:

Proof of legitimacy:

http://i25c62nvu4cgeqyz.onion.sale/viewtopic.php?id=8741

Exit scam

On March 18th, 2015 Evolution Marketplace as well as its forum went offline. Evolution Staff member NSWGreat posted this on Reddit:

I hate to the bearer of bad news, but I’ve been suspicious the past few days with withdrawals not working and admins usually are more forth coming in explaining to me why they’re slow but they weren’t this time. Just kept giving me time-frames I have admin access to see parts of the back end, the admins are preparing to exit scam with all the funds. Not a single withdrawal has gone through in almost a week. Automatic withdrawals has been disabled which is only doing on rare occasions

I am so sorry, but Verto and Kimble have fucked us all. I have over $20,000 in escrow myself from sales.

I can’t fucking believe it, absolute scum. I am giving this warning to you all as soon as I possibly could of.

Confronted Kimble and Verto about it, they confirmed it and they’re doing it right now..

EDIT: Servers have gone down, including back up server for staff. I’m sorry for everyone’s loses, I’m gutted and speechless. I feel so betrayed.

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