Dark Web Markets AlphaBay and Hansa Shut Down

Dark Web Markets AlphaBay and Hansa Shut Down

Around 10,000 foreign addresses of people using Hansa to buy products have been collected, while at the same time an Federal Bureau of Investigation and DEA-led operation, dubbed Bayonet, tracked down the administrator of AlphaBay.

Rob Wainwright, the Executive Director of Europol, described the takedown as a "serious hit" to drug traffickers and "other serious criminals around the world", in a statement.

During the press conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein echoed these sentiments and warned prospective dark net customers and traders that Tor would not necessarily shield their identities.

The Dutch National Police took control of Hansa on 20 June, seizing servers in Lithuania, the Netherlands and Germany.

"In the past few weeks, the Dutch Police collected valuable information on high value targets and delivery addresses for a large number of orders".

"The operation at AlphaBay was well run and sophisticated, and it struck me as highly unlikely that the market would go down as an exit scam with anything other than calculated precision", Emily Wilson, the director of analysis at Terbium Labs said, in an email. The action permitted surveillance of criminal activities on the marketplace before it was shut down in July.

It now turns out the operator, a Canadian named Alexandre Cazes, had been arrested as part of a larger operation to take down the dark web sites.

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Two of the drug traffickers on the website have also been identified and charged after heroin and a synthetic opiate purchased on AlphaBay were linked to overdose deaths in OR and Florida. Since AlphaBay's demise, that has jumped to 700 to 800 new listings - a five-fold increase.

Alan Woodward, a computer science professor at Surrey University who advises Europol - the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency - on cybersecurity, says that police will now be chasing down the leads obtained from this takedown. Each time business rebounded, as users again went in search of anonymous, online contraband sales. "It's also dark because of what's sold on many of them". When it was shut down, AlphaBay had about 350,000 illegal goods and services listed for sale.

The US Attorney General said "crime knows no borders". "Every day, as a result of drug abuse, American families are being bankrupted, friendships broken and promising lives cut short", he said.

According to the U.S. agencies involved in the operations, AlphaBay vendors sold drugs such as fentanyl and heroin, and said "there have been multiple overdose deaths across the country attributed to purchases on the site".

Sessions asserted that his department's work is not yet finished and issued a warning to people still ready to engage in illegal activity on the dark web. "You can not hide. We will find you, dismantle your organization and network, and we will prosecute you", he said.

The so-called "dark web" is a corner of the internet that can only be accessed by specialist software, helping to cast a shadow over users' details and transactions.

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