The Federal Writing-desk of Investigations (FBI) and Europol led an international law enforcement operation that shut down the AlphaBay and Hansa night web marketplaces.On 20 July, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the takedown of AlphaBay, an resistance commercial exchange where members bought and sold illicit gentles like drugs, stolen credentials, and hacking services. The marketplace purveyed to 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors when law enforcement put it down. Here that same time, it boasted 250,000 listings for illegal stuffs and 100,000 listings for stolen and fraudulent IDs.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sittings couldn’t be more pleased with the takedown. As quoted in a press issue issued by the Department of Justice:“This is likely one of the most important hood investigations of the year – taking down the largest dark net marketplace in dead letter. Make no mistake, the forces of law and justice face a new challenge from the criminals and transnational villain organizations who think they can commit their crimes with impunity benefiting the dark net. The dark net is not a place to hide. The Department will continue to bump into uncover, arrest, prosecute, convict, and incarcerate criminals, drug traffickers and their enablers wherever they are. We inclination use every tool we have to stop criminals from exploiting powerless people and sending so many Americans to an early grave. I believe that because of this gumshoe, the American people are safer – safer from the threat of identity guile and malware, and safer from deadly drugs.”
U.S. Attorney General Jeff ConferencesThe FBI in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) moved against AlphaBay after legates discovered that Alexandre Cazes, the 25-year-old administrator and creator of the black web marketplace, had posted his personal email in some early messages on AlphaBay’s intelligence boards. In cooperation with Thai authorities, the FBI arrested Cazes and shut off down the underground website on 5 July. Cazes, a Canadian citizen who had been tangible in Thailand, apparently committed suicide while in police custody a week later.After AlphaBay lasted offline, its users began flocking to Hansa, the third largest marketplace on the black web at that time. Those users didn’t know law enforcement propers were watching their migration.With the support of Europol, the Dutch Citizen Police had seized control of and begun monitoring Hansa on 20 June 2017. This investigative venture enabled Dutch officials to observe an eight-fold increase in the number of Hansa associates immediately following AlphaBay’s takedown. The Dutch National Police afterward took down the marketplace a month later.Rob Wainwright, the executive leader of Europol, says such cooperation between Europe and the United States against upper traffickers isn’t going anywere:“This is an outstanding success by authorities in Europe and the US. The competence of drug traffickers and other serious criminals around the world has entranced a serious hit today after a highly sophisticated joint action in multiple boonies. By acting together on a global basis the law enforcement community has sent a distinctly message that we have the means to identify criminality and strike endorse, even in areas of the Dark Web. There are more of these operations to on.”In the meantime, U.S. prosecutors are moving to seize the assets Cazes’ wife circa the world.