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Law Enforcement Takes Down the Biggest Darknet Market on the Deep Web

According to various reports the largest online marketplace located on the deep web, Alphabay, was seized by International law enforcement.

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The Biggest Darknet Market on the Deep Web Has Been Shut Down By International Authorities

Law Enforcement Takes Down the Biggest Darknet Market on the Deep Web On July 11 reported on the Alphabay darknet marketplace going offline for over a week. In that report, we detailed a theory of a global “deep web” law enforcement task force that seized computers in Quebec and made a connected arrest in Thailand. On July 13 according to the Wall Street Journal and sources familiar with the international authorities — Alphabay has been shut down.

Founded in 2014 the marketplace Alphabay was a successor of the Silk Road and grew to be even bigger by 2017. Alphabay, like many darknet markets, was known for selling illicit narcotics and fraudulent credit cards. Wall Street Journal reporter Robert McMillan details the investigation was conducted by law enforcement agencies from a few countries including Thailand, the U.S., and Canada.

Canadian Police Search a Residence in Quebec While Bangkok Authorities Make a Related Arrest in Thailand

Law Enforcement Takes Down the Biggest Darknet Market on the Deep Web The international deep web task force arrested Alexandre Cazes, a Canadian citizen associated with the Alphabay marketplace on July 5 in Thailand. Interestingly the arrest was made the same day the Alphabay market went offline. Cazes was expected to be extradited to the U.S., an embassy employee from Bangkok told the press. Further, the investigation also took place in Canada as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) searched a home in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. However, Cazes took his life and was found hanging in his Thai cell on July 13.

According to Andrei Barysevich, a director of a company that sells data on deep web activities, Alphabay was far more diversified in sales than the Silk Road. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University revealed that the Alphabay marketplace took in roughly US$600,000-800,000 in cryptocurrency revenue per day. Besides narcotics Barysevich said the market catered to credit card hackers and included fraud tutorials. Barysevich says over the past six months alone, Alphabay has sold “$5 million in stolen credit-card numbers.”

Alphabay was the biggest marketplace on the Dark Web

Law Enforcement Seizes Four Lamborghinis and Three Homes While Alphabay Joins the Graveyard of Darknet Markets

Alphabay will go down in history with the rest of the fallen darknet markets. At the moment there is no information provided on others involved with the daily operations of the Alphabay market or what Cazes actually did for the website. Reports from The Bangkok Post detail that authorities seized three Thai homes that belonged to Cazes worth 400 million baht (11.7M USD). Additionally Thai police claim they confiscated four Lamborghinis and said Cazes has been residing in Thailand for over eight years.     

International law enforcement officials have arrested members from multiple markets over the past few years from websites like the original Silk Road, Nucleus, Agora, Sheep, Evolution, Hydra and many more. The difference between all of these markets is that Alphabay grew to be significantly larger in size and catered to a lot more people. The aftermath of the Alphabay takedown will surely be felt for quite some time by customers and vendors of the underground marketplace.

What do you think about the Alphabay marketplace takedown? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Nandi Langa

    “And the dealers watched as the AlphaBay sank… the sadness was short-lived because 4 more tall-ships collected all the surviving dealers and it was all ‘Business as usual'”, AGAIN!!!! – – Law Enforcement can whistle dixie all they like, agorist-tendencies will always prevail…. DPR will never die, the spirit of freedom will always exist, no matter how many rotten governments intervene

    • William Wanklyn

      Thanks Nandi, for introducing me to the concept of agorism, which I had not come across before.

  • WW3

    Alphabay, like Silk Road was shut down basically because the Operation Did leave a ‘paper trail’ that was quite easily tracked by Law Enforcement…But when you build a better ‘mouse trap’…you eventually develop a ‘better mouse’…When Silk Road was eventually ‘shut down’ then lessons were learned from Alphabay…Now that Alphabay has been shut down…more lessons will be learned & yet ANOTHER Dark Net Site will like a Phoenix rise from the cyber-ashes to take over where Alphabay took off…Silk Road begat Alphabay…& Alphabay will beget yet ANOTHER Dark Net Site! If you cut off the Head Of The Hydra…Two more Heads grow to replace it!…No doubt that drugs & credit card fraud are Illegal…but when a ‘vacuum’ is created, something gets sucked in to take up the space…& THAT something will be YET Smarter & More Sophisticated than its Predecessor…

    • Rob Hammerton

      Dark Net site are like the Borg. You take them down, they improve and adapt. Resistance is futile.

  • Liberty88

    The government’s, the CIA, and the Central Banks hate competition….

  • Glenn Barton

    I wonder how many people actually understand how much money our governments could be collecting in taxes instead of allowing guys like this to earn and blow excessive amounts of cash on expensive houses and extravagant sports cars!

    • Opperdienaar

      These governments could buy some more bombs to drop on children to preserve their empire

      • Glenn Barton

        Lol. I am not usually one to defend governments but the odds of that happening are extremely low for sure. A government like the US that I could actually see doing this is no where near ready to consider such a radical approach anyway. It is only the more social and much less violent countries that would ever consider this.

        This argument also helps people better appreciate how ignorant and stupid the government they are so willing to submit to actually is.

  • David

    The real criminals are running free. Mostly they wear a necktie.

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