Has Nucleus, one of the most popular Darknet Marketplaces been hacked? Reports have been coming in from several large vendors on Nucleus claiming that their accounts have been compromised. Allegedly the vendors are getting locked out of their accounts and bitcoins are vanishing from their Nucleus wallets.
As we speak the Nucleus forums are quickly being filled with vendors claiming to have been targeted in the hack, stating they are being robbed of funds and locked out of their accounts, pleading that shopped cease from placing orders for them on Nucleus while the issues get sorted out.
So has Nucleus been hacked or are these vendors attempting a cunning exit scam as seen by many in the past? Most likely the first, as many of the vendors are extremely popular and known for keeping a “clean” and trustworthy reputation with their customer base. It’s doubtful that any of these larger vendors would tarnish their reputation and ruin their long-term sales over a couple measly bitcoins.
This may very well be a possibility as those who have been following the trend of the Dark Webs Marketplaces remember a few major markets exit scamming in the past…including Sheep Marketplace and Evolution. Exit Scamming is when a market closes its doors and steals all the funds in their escrow service as well as draining the wallets of their vendors and users.
Just recently a separate thread has been opened in the forum, claiming to be the owner of the wallet in which the vendor’s stolen bitcoins have been traced. The alleged hacker is now requesting a large bounty of bitcoins in exchange for fixing the website’s security holes.
Whether the poster is actually behind the compromised vendor accounts, or just some lowlife trying to score free bitcoins through a selfish lie has yet to be determined. Many users are holding on to the possibility of Nucleus admins pulling an exit scam, but so far there has been little evidence to back that claim. For the time being, it might be wise to look at other shopping alternatives while we wait for a definitive answer from the Nucleus Admin team.