Darknet Market Solaris Hacked by Competitor, Elliptic Reveals
Well, it looks like not even the dark web is safe—a hacker has gone and taken down the much-beloved and notorious Solaris darknet market. The breach was discovered by Elliptic, a blockchain analytics firm, and it looks like a competitor was behind it.
Let’s take a closer look at this breach.
The Lowdown on Solaris
Solaris was a darknet market—and a pretty big one at that. It had a huge community of buyers and sellers and was a popular spot for trading all sorts of illegal goods, from drugs to weapons to counterfeit currency.
So, what happened to Solaris to cause it to go offline? Well, according to Elliptic, a rival darknet market launched a “sophisticated attack” that was able to exploit a vulnerability in Solaris’s code. The hack allowed the attacker to take full control of the Solaris system and drain its digital currency wallets.
Needless to say, this attack has caused quite a stir in the online community. Solaris’s users are scrambling to figure out what happened, and many vendors have lost their funds as a result of the hack.
Elliptic has estimated that around $2 million worth of digital currency was stolen from Solaris. It’s unclear if the hacker was able to cash out any of the funds, but Elliptic is continuing to monitor the situation.
So What Now?
Well, with Solaris down and out ,other darknet markets have started to fill the gap. There are plenty of other places to buy and sell illegal goods, so the hacker may have actually done their competitors a favor!
But on a more serious note, this cyber attack serves as a reminder of just how dangerous the darknet can be. If you choose to venture in, be sure to take extra security measures to protect yourself and your assets.
All in all, this is an unsettling development—but it appears that it’s not all doom and gloom in the dark web. So keep an eye out for the newest darknet markets and have fun exploring!
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