Agora, one of the biggest online black markets, has shut down because of security concerns, its website reports. The site said fears that a recently discovered flaw in the network on which it runs could lead to Agora’s servers being located, were behind the move.
Administrators said they would keep the site offline until they could come up with a long-term solution.
According to one expert, the issue showed that users could not entirely trust the dark web’s security.
“Once again, something that many people were putting their trust into on the internet is being revealed to be not quite so trustworthy after all.” said the security expert Graham Cluley.
He suggested that a study into a vulnerability in the Tor network’s security, which was published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last month, was the source of the administrators’ concerns. It detailed how hidden servers could be exposed accurately.
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