Recently, we have witnessed major changes in dark net markets. The first significant event was the take down of the AlphaBay market with its more than 400,000 users.
AlphaBay was the most stable market since Silk Road and ten times larger. With an estimated more than half a million US dollars in daily trade, AlphaBay was probably the largest Dark Net Market (DNM) to date. To better understand how the taking down of AlphaBay effected the larger dark net eco system, it is important to understand how the payment process in such markets works.