All About Empire Market – Webhose Source Review

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Ziv Fried

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Empire Market is the biggest darknet market for the sale of illegal goods like drugs, counterfeit items, databases, money, and hacking services

  • Site Name: Empire Market
  • Founded: February 1, 2018
  • Number of users: 1 million users 
  • Typical Users: Interested in illegal goods like drugs, counterfeit money and other items and hacking services.

With over a million dollars in business volume each week, it’s no wonder that cybercriminals flock to Empire Market to sell their illegal goods. Even though it’s a relatively new marketplace on the TOR network, Empire Market has grown quickly, with approximately 52.7K products on the site as of April and 4500 vendors.

A Source for a Wide Number of Illegal Goods

Each day there are over 500 new posts on Empire Market, including threads and comments. Payments are made in Bitcoin, Litecoin and Monero cryptocurrencies. To give you a better understanding of the variety of goods sold on Empire Market, here is a screenshot of the types of categories sold:

Empire market categories
Empire Market categories

Here is a post from our records of a leaked database for sale:

Data base leak in Empire Market
A Data base leak in Empire Market

Here is a post from our records of a drug sale:

A drug sale on Empire Market
A drug sale on Empire Market

Webhose also has a record of one of the first posts from the Empire Market from February 7, 2018 in our Cyber API:

Empire market first post

Vendors on the site must pay a $750 registration fee. Vendors and buyers both must register to the site by passing a CAPTCHA. Despite this seeming obstacle, Webhose’s technology can overcome this and continue to automatically deliver updated data from Empire Marketplace in near-real-time.

Empire Market is just one of the many types of sources we cover on the dark web. At Webhose, we are continually adding more sources that include files, sites, networks and chat applications to deliver the widest and most comprehensive coverage of dark web data in the industry.  

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