The criminal economy of the dark web suffered one of its biggest blows when law enforcement officials of the US, and other countries, tracked down and busted one of the biggest market place for drugs and other illegal items on the dark web.
In a massive operation which was tightly coordinated, was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police, with the active support of Europol.
The alleged architect of the marketplace Alphabay, Alexandre Cazes, 25, a Canadian, had accidentally given out his personal email id (email@example.com) to new users in a welcome message when they joined, which apparently was how the officers got to him.
The authorities of his country and that of the US were after him for sometime and his house in Bangkok had been raided at the beginning of this month at the request of the US authorities, and he had been arrested.
Incidentally, he was found dead in his cell a week later.
Besides Alphabay, another marketplace, Hansa, was also shut down similarly.
The operation could be considered one of the biggest busts by the authorities after it had taken down another dark web marketplace called Silk Road, a few years ago, as Alphabay had grown so big that it was almost ten times the size of Silk Road.
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