On 8 May, 2019, DeepdotWeb.com was seized by the FBI, Europol, and other LE agencies. The owners were both Israeli citizens. 1 was living is Israel, the other was in Brasil. They were accused of money laundering and kickback money. They had an affiliate thing going on where they got commission from everything bought, and also possibly received money for ranking their marketplace. They had tones of money in their dwellings, so they did earn a lot from this. They were both arrested. Their court files can be found on the web. When you go to deepdotweb.com now it shows an image of seizure.
Their Onion link does not appear to do anything.
I have since then notices that DarkWebNews.com no longer works and their social media has been taken down. I do not know when this happened, and the Wayback Machine on Archive.org does not index it, but it is probably pretty recently. I can try the Wayback Machine on their social media sometime, but I do not know if DarkWebNews will be back, if it was taken down by LE, or what happened. Their site has Whois guard, so it is hard to find info on this site, and there is less info about it on the web, but if I had to guess, I would guess they are from Panama, since it said that in the WHOIS still.
It seems like recently the government has been cracking down on Dark Web stuff. There is suspision that they were part of the shut down of Dream Market, and they shut down Valhalla, Wall Street, and I think some others recently. I am very upset that the state is trying to get rid of these sites. They help bring privacy to online shopping and the web in general. The state is just choosing to be like Big Brother. Surprisingly, the price of Bitcoin is still going up despite these places being the hotspot of purchases with Bitcoin.
Sadly, Grumpy Cat died today (Actually on May 14 but it was not announced till today) after complications from a urinary tract infection at age 7. Grumpy was a great MEME and we will all miss him. He will always be with us on the Internet though.