The dark internet is widely used for criminal activities of all kinds and the trafficking of illegal products or services. Now that the operation of the famous Silk Road has been suspended by the FBI, Agora has emerged in its biggest smuggling market darknet.
According to a new report recently released by the Digital Citizens Alliance, there are at least 16.137 products for sale on this website, and the majority (more than 12.000 products) are drugs.
Agora has 200 entries more than Silk Road 2, which puts the black market on the top of the list.
Researchers from the Digital Citizens Alliance report that Agora is growing extremely fast, as it only had 7.400 product listings just four months ago. However, afterwards hack that suffered in Silk Road in February, the use of Agora has begun to grow at a rapid pace.
The site offers a wide range of categories and products. For example, users can sell weapons, drugs, malware, and more. Agora, however, has some limitations compared to other black markets.
Agora bans the sale of stolen assets, murder services, weapons of mass destruction, poisons, child pornography, and live video, audio or murder images.
The popularity of the site has increased mainly due to the tactics used since its inception, allowing users to invite other members with special codes. Even if it is easy enough to get such a code, members feel like they are part of some kind of exclusive group.