What is Silk Road 3.1?
Silk Road 3.1 is the latest iteration of the Silk Road legacy market on the darknet. Currently, it features a very clean GUI and some extra features like a chat and personal message system. The market is primarily focused on drugs of all kinds but you can also find credit card information and dumps, bank account datasets, passport scans, and even eBooks.
The integrated chat system allows you to message any buyer or vendor for additional information and there is also a global chat system for the public, but be aware that there is a restriction of one posting per minute. The advertised forum actually is hosted externally: It is a subthread on the dread darknet forums. But here you can find various comments from buyers and sellers as well as extensive guides on how to use Silk Road 3.1
What you need
There is no collateral for buyers on this market – you don’t need to create or fund a crypto account. Nonetheless, as usual, we recommend that you use a dedicated wallet and dedicated addresses for this market as you should compartmentalize all your darknet activities.
If you want to communicate securely with vendors you should add your public PGP key to your profile. Again, we recommend using a dedicated key for this purpose (which should also be using a dedicated email address).
Using Silk Road 3.1 is straight forward: If you like any offer simply click on it and you can place an order for it. Like most darknet markets, Silk Road provides an escrow system where funds are withheld until the trade is complete, removing any risk of scams. However, trusted vendors can apply for Finalize-Early status which allows them to bypass the escrow system. Additionally, some offers can be “Half-FE” which means that half of the funds are put into escrow and the other half is forwarded directly to the vendor. This also reduced the risk of scams greatly as most offers would be sold at a loss if only half of the funds are transferred. But again, vendors need to have earned trust by making a number of successful trades without negative feedback to be eligible for finalizing early status.
The usual darknet market restrictions apply to Silk Road: Weapons and explosives, as well as other dangerous chemicals, are banned. The same goes for any kind of murder service and, as usual, any form of child pornography is prohibited the same as publishing any private information (doxing). Also note that this site is not allowed for Russians or any products (including information) from Russia.
## Security Recommendations
Same as with all darknet sites the usual security recommendations apply. Most importantly: stay anonymous. Use the TOR browser only and don’t use the TOR browser for any regular (non-darknet) browsing.
Ideally, you have a dedicated system or at least a dedicated VM for all your darknet activities. Keep your darknet PGP keys and other credentials limited to that system only, do not mix it with any activities that would expose your identity.
Treat your dedicated system like a work-system: Only install the software necessary for your operations do not install anything for entertainment or other purposes. Subsequently, resist the urge to browse Twitter, Reddit or any other social media sites while you have downtime. For this always use your regular system.
For additional system security, we recommend you run a secure operating system like Tails or https://www.whonix.org/ on your dedicated system for darknet activities. We also recommend using a VPN as an additional security measure since TOR will only anonymize your browsing sessions but not other traffic.
Especially when using any public WiFi hotspots you should always use a VPN when accessing the Internet since you don’t know whether the access point is compromised. A VPN ensures that all of your traffic, no matter what application, will always be strongly encrypted when passing the access point, this protecting yourself not only from eavesdropping but also possible identity theft.
Silk Road 3.1 Summary
Silk Road is a great market site if you are looking for any kind of drug. They offer a wide range of different cannabis products (weed, hash, edibles, concentrates and seeds) which are sorted into different categories. In the stimulus section, you can find cocaine, speed, meth, ecstasy, MDMA, Methylone and pills of all varieties. Then there is the opioids category which offers oxycoton, heroin, opium, methadone and fentanyl. In dissociatives, you can find Ketamine, MXE, and GHBV and the psychedelics categories are 2C, DMT, LSD, NB and Mushrooms. Finally the prescription category offers subsections for relaxants, analgesics, and others.
As mentioned above, Silk Road 3.1 also offers some non-drug related products, mostly digital items. Among them are credit card datasets and dumps, ID and passport scans, PayPal credentials and even ebooks. Take a minute to browse the category for surprise finds. All in all Sild Road 3.1 is a well-rounded market that will be especially interesting for those looking for different kinds of drugs.