Gotcha: US and Europe Take Out Dark Web Sites

Gotcha: US and Europe Take Out Dark Web Sites

"There are more of these operations to come", Rob Wainwright, the executive director of Europol, said today at a joint press conference with the U.S. Attorney General, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the deputy director of the DEA in Washington, D.C. "Around the time of the takedown of the site, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay", said Sessions.

Dark net markets enable large-scale trading in chiefly illegal goods, such as drugs, weapons, child pornography, and ransom software.

Dutch National Police - aided by Europol and other European agencies - are said to have taken control of Hansa on June 20th, and monitored activities until it was shut down today.

Two of the world's most notorious darknet marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about the drug merchants that operate out of the hidden corners of the internet.

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The FBI then shut down AlphaBay and over the following weeks there was a huge migration of users from AlphaBay to Hansa, all of which was tracked by the European part of the team.

Dutch authorities first started investigating Hansa in 2016, leading to the arrest of its two administrators in Germany and the seizure of servers in the Netherlands, Germany and Lithuania.

Earlier this month 26-year-old Canadian citizen Alexandre Cazes was arrested in Bangkok on suspicion of being one of AlphaBay's operators.

Robert Mark Wainwright, head of Europol, said "these two cases have been developed together and our joint hit on both of these dark markets is one of the most sophisticated law enforcement operations against cybercrime".

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"We will find you", Sessions said, in a press briefing, "dismantle your organization and network, and we will prosecute you".

And it sounds like more arrests might be coming-the Justice Department says that the FBI and the US Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Georgia have identified an AlphaBay staff member living in the US, and the investigation into that person is ongoing. Once AlphaBay went down, their new listings tripled to approximately 15,000 a week.

USA attorney general Jeff Sessions said: "The dark net is not a place to hide". Cazes, who allegedly went by the nicknames "Alpha02" and "Admin", reportedly committed suicide while still in custody in Thailand.

The operation was similar to a controversial case in the USA where authorities seized a child porn darknet site and continued to run it for two weeks at an increased capacity to ensnare more users.

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Users of such marketplaces use digital currencies like bitcoin and monero to buy and sell anonymously, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in its announcement that it had seized "millions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrencies" from the site. On the one hand, such forums offer partial anonymity, bolstered by the pseudo-anonymizing Tor browser and cryptocurrency, and allow people to obtain all manner of illegal merchandise - from illegal narcotics to assault rifles to malware.

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