Dread (forum)

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Type of site
Dark web forum
Available inEnglish
Created byHugbunter
Launched2018;3 years ago (2018)
Current statusDown

Dread is a Reddit-like dark web discussion forum featuring news and discussions around darknet markets. The site's administrators go by the alias of Paris and HugBunter. [1]



Dread is a popular community hub which has been described as a "Reddit-style forum" and the successor of the seized DeepDotWeb for discussion around market law enforcement activity and scams. [2] [3] It came to prominence in 2018 after Reddit banned several darknet market discussion communities, rapidly reaching 12,000 registered users within three months of being launched, and 14,683 users by June 2018. [4]


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. [5] [6] [7] Stolen data is sometimes sold via Dread. [8] The site features in depth guides around manufacture of illegal drugs. [9] The shut down of Dream Market was announced on Dread in March 2019. [10] Major denial-of-service attacks have been launched against Dread and other markets exploiting a vulnerability in the Tor protocol. [11]

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