Dread is a Reddit-like dark web discussion forum featuring news and discussions around darknet markets. The site's administrator goes by the alias of 'HugBunter'.[2]


It is a popular community hub, succeeding[3] the seized DeepDotWeb[4] as a news site for discussion around market law enforcement activity and scams.[5] It came to prominence in 2018 after Reddit banned several darknet market discussion communities. It featured 12,000 registered users within three months of being launched, and 14,683 users by June 2018.[6]

In September 2019, roughly after one week of maintenance downtime, HugBunter's dead man's switch was activated. [7]


In May 2019 a moderator of Wall Street Market posted its hidden IP address to Dread, potentially leading to its exit scam and seizure shortly after.[8][9][10] Stolen data is sometimes sold via Dread.[11] The site features in depth guides around manufacture of illegal drugs.[12] The shut down of Dream Market was announced on Dread.[13] Major denial-of-service attacks have been launched against Dread and other markets exploiting a vulnerability in the Tor protocol.[14]

External links

  • Official Tor site: dreadditevelidot.onion Tor network(Accessing link help)[1]


  1. ^ a b Quach, Katyanna (8 May 2019). "And in this week's weird news, Feds seize dark-web news site, accuse admins of getting rich off drug cyber-souk". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ Power, Mike (10 April 2019). "The World's Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut Down—What's Next?". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. ^ Popper, Nathaniel (11 June 2019). "Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  4. ^ Kan, Michael (7 May 2019). "Feds Seize DeepDotWeb for Taking Money From Black Market Sites". Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ Greenberg, Andy (5 September 2019). "Feds Dismantled the Dark-Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ Mason, James (22 June 2018). "Darknet markets: everything changes but nothing's different". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  7. ^ DarknetLive. "HugBunter's Deadman has been Switched". DarknetLive. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  8. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin (2 May 2019). "Law enforcement seizes dark web market after moderator leaks backend credentials". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  9. ^ Lloyd, Tim (23 April 2019). "Exit Scam: Suspicion Grows Over Dark-Web Market's $30 Million Crypto Theft". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  10. ^ Muncaster, Phil (25 April 2019). "Dark Web's Wall Street Market Suspected of Exit Scam".
  11. ^ Memoria, Francisco (20 January 2019). "Hacked Customer Data From World Leading Cryptocurrency Exchanges For Sale On The Dark Web?". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  12. ^ Kiel, Tom (19 February 2019). "Inside the Dark Web Forum That Tells You How to Make Drugs". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  13. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin (26 March 2019). "Top dark web marketplace will shut down next month". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  14. ^ Cimpanu, Catalin (5 July 2019). "Tor Project to fix bug used for DDoS attacks on Onion sites for years". Retrieved 26 October 2019.