DOJ takes down dark net marketplace

DOJ takes down dark net marketplace

The U.S. Department of Justice said it has succeeded along with worldwide law enforcement agencies in taking down the AlphaBay dark web site and touted the effort as a sign of global cooperation.

On AlphaBay, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals, according to Europol.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially confirmed today a coordinated global law enforcement effort to take down AlphaBay after news of raids and arrests in the US, Canada, and Thailand leaked to the press last week.

Of course, when it came times to take questions from the press, all the questions were about the comments by President Trump to the New York Times in which he said he wouldn't have tapped Sessions for his role if Trump knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

"This operation is an example of the improving concerted ability of law enforcement to strike against criminals, even on the dark net", he said.

It was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police.

AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the largest marketplaces on the Tor network, which helps users browse the internet anonymously, have been taken offline as the result of an investigation by the U.S., working with police in Europe.

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There were media reports last month that Sessions, a former US senator who was an early supporter of Trump's campaign, had offered to resign because of tensions with Trump over the recusal.

He also confirmed that the intelligence collected through the monitoring of Hansa has given law enforcement new insight into the criminal activity of the dark net, including many of its many leading figures. Visitors to the online marketplaces paid through digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Dutch police arrested Hansa's two administrators in Germany, then seized servers in the Netherlands, Germany, and Lithuania. "We will find and prosecute drug traffickers who set up shop there".

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that illegal drugs listed for sale on AlphaBay included heroin and fentanyl.

At the DOJ news conference, an official with the Drug Enforcement Administration said the site fed the opioid epidemic in the United States by "supplying countless addicts with direct sales".

AlphaBay went offline around the same time as the arrest.

"Make no mistake, the forces of law and justice face a new challenge from the criminals and transnational criminal organizations who think they can commit their crimes with impunity by 'going dark, '" said Sessions. Authorities had filed suit against Cazes and his wife to recover assets alleged to have been obtained via the site, including millions of dollars in cryptocurrency.

The law enforcement operation was aimed at gathering as many new leads as possible and maximizing confusion within the darknet drug-buying community, according to Dutch cybercrime prosecutor Martijn Egberts. The marketplaces offered drugs, weapons, forged documents, and malware.

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