Dread

Dread is a darknet forum accesible via the Tor network, on which users can create and participate in sub-communities and discussion threads. It has a similar layout and interface - and functions as a darknet alternative - to the clearnet forum Reddit. Whilst initially intended to host discussion regarding OPSEC and pentesting, Dread quickly became dominated by discussions related to darknet markets following the shutdown of the subreddit r/DarkNetMarkets. It currently serves as a host site for many market-specific sub-communities, and as an alternative means of communication for darknet market vendors and buyers, away from their chosen marketplace.

History

Dread was created in February 2018. It was initially intended to be a small forum (less than 1000 users) based on discussing OPSEC and pentesting. However, following the Reddit ban of r/DarkNetMarkets on March 21 2018. r/DarkNetMarkets hosted discussions mainly related to the darknet market drug trade and left many users seeking a new forum following its shutdown. Many of these users flocked to Dread due to its lesser censorship and percieved greater anonymity conferred by its darknet location. As new users began to create and populate sub-communities, Dread experienced rapid growth which increased exponentially, reaching over 150,000 users by May 2020.

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