Dread (forum)

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Available inEnglish
Launched2018; 3 years ago (2018)
Current statusOnline

Dread is a Reddit-like dark web discussion forum featuring news and discussions around darknet markets. The site's administrators go by the alias of Paris and HugBunter.[1]


Dread is a popular community hub which has been described as a "Reddit-style forum" and the successor of the seized DeepDotWeb for discussion around market law enforcement activity and scams.[2][3] It came to prominence in 2018 after Reddit banned several darknet market discussion communities, rapidly reaching 12,000 registered users within three months of being launched, and 14,683 users by June 2018.[4]


In May 2019 a moderator of Wall Street Market posted its hidden IP address to Dread, potentially leading to its exit scam and seizure shortly after.[5][6][7] Stolen data is sometimes sold via Dread.[8] The site features in depth guides around manufacture of illegal drugs.[9] The shut down of Dream Market was announced on Dread in March 2019.[10] Major denial-of-service attacks have been launched against Dread and other markets exploiting a vulnerability in the Tor protocol.[11]

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  1. ^ Power, Mike (10 April 2019). "The World's Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut Down—What's Next?". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ Greenberg, Andy (5 September 2019). "Feds Dismantled the Dark-Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028.
  3. ^ Popper, Nathaniel (11 June 2019). "Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  4. ^ Mason, James (22 June 2018). "Darknet markets: everything changes but nothing's different". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin (2 May 2019). "Law enforcement seizes dark web market after moderator leaks backend credentials". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ Lloyd, Tim (23 April 2019). "Exit Scam: Suspicion Grows Over Dark-Web Market's $30 Million Crypto Theft". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  7. ^ Muncaster, Phil (25 April 2019). "Dark Web's Wall Street Market Suspected of Exit Scam".
  8. ^ Memoria, Francisco (20 January 2019). "Hacked Customer Data From World Leading Cryptocurrency Exchanges For Sale On The Dark Web?". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  9. ^ Kiel, Tom (19 February 2019). "Inside the Dark Web Forum That Tells You How to Make Drugs". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin (26 March 2019). "Top dark web marketplace will shut down next month". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  11. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin (5 July 2019). "Tor Project to fix bug used for DDoS attacks on Onion sites for years". Retrieved 26 October 2019.