Dark.fail, a website that provides verified links to darknet marketplaces, claims to trade unfairly closed accounts that donate bitcoin to the service following the implementation of the Chainalysis reporting system.

The official said in a tweet that two of the site’s bitcoin donors have blocked their accounts by exchanges that have recently implemented the new KYT Chainalyse service – or learned about your transaction – the blockchain.

The official believes there is a link between the account closure and his harsh and outspoken criticism of Chainalysis, but the accounts could simply have been auto-flagged due to the darkness references. While the site can be viewed as a portal to the darknet, dark.fail’s Twitter summary categorizes the account as: “Anonymous Journalist Seeking Tor: Uncensored Internet.”

Dark.fail is a longtime critic of the suspicious Chainalysis KYT accounts without appeal. In January 2020, an official accused a blockchain analytics company of “stealing” customer funds that had been flagged as suspicious as a result of clandestine KYT operations.

Almost 40 transactions have been made to one of the BTC dark.fail donation addresses, which is listed on the site before December 2, 2020. Since then, the option to donate BTC has been removed from the site, which now only accepts contributions in the form of Monero privacy currency.

Chainalysis describes KYT as “an automated real-time monitoring solution for matched cryptocurrency transactions” used to detect patterns that indicate “risky activity”. It is currently used by over 150 companies in 40 countries around the world. The chain analysis has also helped in government investigations in the past, which helped dismantle the infamous ransomware network last month.

While dark.fail’s status as an anonymous journalist is debatable, the report sits at the center of an atmosphere in which journalists’ actions can be classified as criminal activity. On Monday, in a letter signed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups, the US Justice Department called to drop charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, comparing the charge to “a serious threat to press freedom.”

In May 2019, one of the oldest websites devoted to dark web-related topics, DeepDotWeb, was arrested by law enforcement after arresting its officials on conspiracy money laundering charges. The two officials are suspected of accepting millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency bribes from the darknet marketplaces listed on their website.

According to statistics provided by alexa.com, dark.fail is one of the most popular dark market link providers on the Internet, ranking 52345 in the world in online traffic.

Source: CoinTelegraph

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