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Versus Market Closed

By Dr.Dang May 26, 2022, 3:57 p.m.
Versus Market Closed

Just a few days ago, <u>Versus market was reportedly hacked</u>. After the hacking incident, the management took the market offline and enabled the invite only mode. Now, ever since the breach, all hasn't been well for the market. This publication just learnt that the administration of Versus has decided to close the market following the breach. 

Following a post made on the dread forum by the Versus administration, the market is no longer going to be in the game. A link is going to be produced to help vendors reclaim their cash. The link will be produced any time soon so that vendors don't have to wait for 90 days for the automatic refund.

At the time of it's exit, Versus market was arguably the biggest marketplace in the darknet scene. Versus was also one of the longest running markets. It struggled so much to get to the top. But a breakthrough came shortly after World Market's exit scam. So here's the retirement notice by the Versus administration.

Versus Market admin full statement

"Dear Community, 

There is no doubt that there has been a lot of concern and uncertainty regarding Versus in the last few days. Most of you that have come to know us have rightfully assumed that our silence has been spent working behind the scenes to evaluate the reality of the proposed vulnerability. After an in-depth assessment, we did identify a vulnerability which allowed read-only access to a 6+ month old copy of the database as well as a potential ip leak of a single server we used for less than 30 days. We take any and every vulnerability extremely seriously. But we do think that it's important to contend a number of the claims that were made about us. 

Specifically of importance: there was no server pwn and users/vendors have nothing to worry about. As long as standard and basic opsec practices have been utilized (for example, PGP encryption) 

Our Dream

In many ways, we are glad to see the community coming together to improve everyone's security. This was our dream from the beginning with Versus. Though we will say that there was a clear agenda behind the way this was originally handled. But we leave you to draw your own conclusions. Once we identified the vulnerability, we were posed with a fork in the road. To rebuild and come back stronger (as we had done before) or to gracefully retire. After much consideration, we have decided on the latter. 

We built Versus from scratch and ran for 3 years. We built a community and even became the #1 DNM when we never intended for that to be the goal. At a certain point, there is no further way up to go, only down. And in this business it is best to not make decisions out of pride. While we are not ending on the note that we would have liked, we hope that the truth about the actual scope of the vulnerability, combined with the impact we have had on the community, leaves users remembering Versus fondly for years to come. Versus Market has officially retired and we thank you for your support and being part of something that hopefully defined the future of DNM's. 

For all our vendor:

We will soon publish a link where you guys can get your transactions without the lock time. No need to wait 90 days. 

It was a good run and I would like to thank you all.'' 

All the best, 

William Gibso"

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