The White House Market, a notorious and well-known marketplace for illicit drugs, credit card and bank fraud, falsified documents and others on October 1, initially resigning saying the site had “reached our goal” and would be closed “as scheduled.”
The letter, signed by WHM’s Lead Administrator, trading under the online name “mr_white,” states: “Thanks to everybody for your business, trust, support and of course for placing decent amounts of money in our pockets. We may come back sometime in the future with a different project or we may not.” The letter was signed by WHM’s lead administrator, who is known only by his online handle.”
At the time of closure, the platform had nearly 900,000 users, of which 326,000 were active.
Going forward, experts believe the closure of WHM will shake up the dark web, as new portals will try to fill the void while employing and borrowing some of the site’s tactics, setting market-wide standards in the process.
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