Has the Oasis run dry? Anatomy of a Dark Net Market Exit Scam

For anyone familiar with the dark net markets on the Deep Web, exit scams – the sudden disappearance of a market’s website and forum without any legitimate explanation, along with the bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency held in escrow, such as a hacking, DDoS attack, or seizure by law enforcement – are a risk one takes when participating in an online marketplace run by anonymous people selling contraband products and services.

It’s an environment where best practices include using TOR to access the websites, a VPN to secure data, IP address and location, PGP to encrypt and decrypt messages. Some see an opportunity to gain experience with an aspect of putting a cryptocurrency under very challenging circumstances, participating in the

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