Evolution, the Dark Web’s largest underground marketplace, appears to have closed its doors abruptly on Tuesday evening. Ars was unable to access the site as of Wednesday morning.
The site’s creators, who go by the online monikers Kimble and Verto, also have apparently absconded with over $11.7 million in bitcoin. According to Wired, Verto was also the creator and administrator of Tor Carding Forum (TCF), a longstanding “private forum that charges $50 to join, has long maintained a brisk trade in stolen financial details.”
Like the previous incarnations of Silk Road, Evolution (or “Evo” as it’s known to its users) requires Tor for access and offers a slew of questionable goods for sale in bitcoins. Evo itself took in between 2.5 and 4 percent of all transactions.
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