Category Archives: DarkNet Marketplaces

Future of dark web markets not yet in question, says analyst

An international operation shut down the AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces in July 2017, raising questions about the integrity and longevity of remaining markets on the dark web.

The shutdown operation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police, with the support of Europol.

Before its closure, AlphaBay

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Ex-Secret Service agent fess up to stealing more Silk Road bitcoins

The former Secret Service agent already serving a six-year sentence for stealing bitcoins while investigating online black market Silk Road has confessed to pocketing even more sacks of the digital currency.

In 2015, Shaun Bridges admitted that he funneled 20,000 bitcoins worth more than $820,000 to his personal account through a series of “complex” transactions in May 2013. Bridges was part of a task force investigating the dark net market along with former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl Force, who also pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice and extortion.

Ex-Secret Service agent fess up to stealing more Silk Road bitcoinsBridges left the Secret Service after pleading guilty to money laundering and obstruction charges. A month later, federal authorities said the former agent transferred over 1,600 of seized bitcoins from the digital wallet—which he had access to—to an account in

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That Wave of Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats Might Have Been Bought in Bitcoin on AlphaBay

Jewish men stand outside Brooklyn’s Jewish Children’s Museum after a bomb threat on March 9, 2017. Photo: AP

Earlier this year, authorities accused 18-year-old dual US-Israeli citizen Michael Kadar of being the individual behind a terrifying, nationwide wave of bomb threats at predominantly Jewish schools and community centers. This week, it emerged authorities also believe Kadar was advertising a “School Email Bomb Threat Service” on AlphaBay, the massive dark net market which law enforcement raided and shut down last month.

On Monday, Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, tweeted he came across a newly unsealed search warrant in Kadar’s case while looking through public federal court records. In the warrant, authorities claimed Kadar was Darknet_Legend, an AlphaBay seller advertising bomb threats for just $30-60 a

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United States: Bitcoin Thieves Abound, But Law Enforcement Is Getting Smart And Stepping Up

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Bitcoin thieves abound, but Law Enforcement is getting smart and stepping up

According to a federal criminal complaint filed last month in Philadelphia, Theodore Price admitted that he had written software capable of stealing millions of dollars in bitcoins from individual bitcoin wallets. He allegedly admitted to purchasing the software on a dark net market and recoding it to infiltrate e-mail accounts with bitcoin wallets. Price also allegedly admitted that he had a fake passport in the name of the actor Jeremy Renner, and that Price had prepared to flee the U.S. on a private jet to evade arrest. Price is now in federal custody, charged with access device fraud and identity theft.

Price was arrested following his girlfriend’s report of her parents’ missing laptops and credit cards. Looking for the property at Price’s residence, the girlfriend found computer bags containing the missing credit cards as well as folders containing documents bearing credit card and other personal identifying information for people across the

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Bitcoin Thieves Abound, But Law Enforcement Is Getting Smart And …

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Bitcoin thieves abound, but Law Enforcement is getting smart and …

According to a federal criminal complaint filed last month in Philadelphia, Theodore Price admitted that he had written software capable of stealing millions of dollars in bitcoins from individual bitcoin wallets. He allegedly admitted to purchasing the software on a dark net market and recoding it to infiltrate e-mail accounts with bitcoin wallets. Price also allegedly admitted that he had a fake passport in the name of the actor Jeremy Renner, and that Price had prepared to flee the U.S. on a private jet to evade arrest. Price is now in federal custody, charged with access device fraud and identity theft.

Price was arrested following his girlfriend’s report of her parents’ missing laptops and credit cards. Looking for the property at Price’s residence, the girlfriend found computer bags containing the missing credit cards as well as folders containing documents bearing credit card and other personal identifying information for people across the

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Bitcoin Thieves Abound, But Law Enforcement is Getting Smart and Stepping Up

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US and Europe take down AlphaBay and Hansa dark net markets

On Thursday, American and European authorities announced they had taken down AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the leading dark net markets currently operating. Officials involved in the investigation said they had also arrested administrators, seized, and frozen assets worth millions.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions emphasized the importance of the operation by saying dark net vendors using these markets were largely responsible for deaths due to synthetic drugs sold through these portals.

The joint efforts that shut down AlphaBay resulted in thousands of users unknowingly migrating to Hansa as a result, another dark net marketplace that was under Dutch police control for over a month.

Dark net markets seized by authorities
AlphaBay’s seizure led users to Hansa, but it was a government trap. Image: FBI.

No dark net market is too big to fail

AlphaBay is the largest dark

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Five Lessons from the Hansa and AlphaBay Busts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a global law enforcement operation against the dark net on July 20. PHOTO CREDIT: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto/Sipa/NewscomAttorney General Jeff Sessions announced a global law enforcement operation against the dark net on July 20. PHOTO CREDIT: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto/Sipa/NewscomIt’s been less than a week since a coalition of international law enforcement groups announced the successful takedown of the dark web’s two largest drug markets, Hansa and AlphaBay.

We won’t know for months—maybe longer—how many vendors and buyers around the globe will be raided, arrested, and incarcerated. We don’t know—and might never know—if the Justice Department built its case using parallel construction, a method by which law enforcement agencies “recreate the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated.” We also don’t know what other markets have been compromised.

All we know is that the Dutch National Police

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