The administrator of dark.fail, a website providing verified links to darknet markets, claims that exchanges are unfairly closing accounts donating Bitcoin to the service after implementing a Chainalysis transaction flagging system.
The admin alleged in a tweet that two donors of Bitcoin to the website had their accounts blocked by exchanges that recently implemented Chainalysis’ new KYT — or Know Your Transaction — blockchain monitoring service.
The admin believes there is a connection between the account closures and its staunch and vocal criticism of Chainalysis, however the accounts may simply have been flagged automatically due to links to the darknet. While the site can be viewed as a gateway to the darknet, dark.fail’s Twitter bio classifies the account as an: “Anonymous journalist researching Tor: the uncensored internet.”
Dark.fail is a long standing critic of Chainalysis KYT flagging accounts as suspicious with no avenue for appeal. In Jan. 2020, the admin accused the blockchain analytics company of enabling the “theft” of customer funds that had been marked as suspicious by hidden KYT processes.
One of dark.fail’s BTC donation addresses, listed on the website home page recently as Dec. 2, 2020, contains nearly 40 transactions. The BTC donation option has since been removed from the website, which now only accepts contributions in the form of privacy coin Monero.
According to stats provided by alexa.com, dark.fail is one of the most popular darknet market link providers on the internet, ranked #52,345 globally in terms of website traffic.