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A leading market on the dark web, Solaris, has been hit by a rival, according to crypto-analytics firm Elliptic. The Russian-linked platform, which tried to fill the space left vacant by the collapse of Hydra, is said to have captured up to a fifth of the illicit market before the hack.

Solaris Reportedly Taken Over By Darknet Marketplace Called Kraken

Solaris, a major marketplace for drugs and other illicit goods, was the target of a hacking attack by a similar company, Kraken, not to be confused with the popular cryptocurrency exchange of the same name.

After that in April last year, law enforcement shut down Hydra, the former leader of this company, striking its servers in Germany and Stop An alleged operator in Russia, Solaris has managed to gain between 20% and 25% market share, according to estimates cited by Elliptic.

This week, the blockchain forensics firm reported that as of Friday, January 13, those who visited the onion site were moved to Kraken. The latter claimed to have taken control of the Solaris infrastructure, Gitlab repository and source code and blocked its bitcoin wallets.

Kraken is another dark web player and, like Solaris and Hydra, targets the Russian-speaking segment of the underground market. Illegal trading platforms are also suspected of having other ties to Russia.

For example, Solaris allegedly used the services of one of the Russian “patriotic” hacker groups. The pro-Kremlin Killnet is known to have launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS ) attacks on Ukraine after Russia invaded the country in late February 2022.

This isn’t Solaris’ first attempted breach. Ukrainian-born cyber-intelligence expert Alex Holden claimed to have hacked the market, according to a report in December, and get your hands on some of the bitcoins sent to resellers using the site and its owners.

Aided by his cybersecurity firm, Holden said he specifically targeted a wallet used for crypto exchange transactions and was able to hijack 1.6 BTC. The cryptocurrency was then donated to a Kyiv-based charity.

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Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a tech-savvy Eastern European journalist who loves Hitchens’ quote: “Being a writer is who I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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