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A Globally Coordinated Operation Just Took Down Alphabay and Hansa

On July 20, “after a globally coordinated operation” between law enforcement agencies worldwide, the United States Department of Justice announced the takedown of Alphabay and Hansa marketplace. Other countries involved in the takedown held their own press events, and one announcement in particular came with an unexpected twist. Dutch law enforcement, unaware to much of the world, took control of ... Read More »

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Alleged Alphabay Admin Found Dead in Bangkok Jail

On July 5, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted raids at several locations in Montreal and Trois-Rivières. The RCMP Integrated Technology Crime Group executed the raids in connection with an investigation into a global network of firearm and drug trafficking on the darknet. According to an RCMP spokesperson, the investigation involved the FBI and other, global law enforcement agencies. Canadian ... Read More »


Interview with a Top Alphabay Accounts Phisher

Ok who are you and what do you do? (online persona of course) Hello I am Phishkingz, and I dominate the phishing scene on the darkweb. I will provide a PGP sig. [crayon-597a89be59c9d540879663/] What makes you think you dominate the darkweb? I see SO many phishers with different methods? The volume of accounts I have had since operating on Alphabay ... Read More »

DEA Busted Former Alphabay Vendor “EtiKing”

Federal agents, after several months of investigation, arrested a EtiKing, a former Alphabay and Dream vendor. EtiKing a.k.a. Jeremy P. Achey became the target of an investigation after one of his customers died from an overdose. In reality, the DEA started investigating him after they took interest in one of the deaths; agents now believe EtiKing’s drugs may have caused ... Read More »

Millionaire Alphabay Vendor Willingly Gave His Account to Feds

On June 9, a Homeland Security Investigations SA arrested an Alphabay vendor in Portland, Oregon. At the time, the vendor, Skylaar D. Ford, was on a post-release supervision program for a previous drug conviction. Despite being subject to the warrantless searches that came with probation and parole, Ford grossed more than one million dollars selling drugs on darknet markets. In ... Read More »

Alphabay to Support Yet Another Payment Method: Zcash

In March 2017, Alphabay developers revealed a framework for yet another cryptocurrency: Ethereum. One month later, on May 1, the marketplace allowed the withdrawal and deposit of Ethereum. And rewind to 2016, Alphabay developers made the same advancement with Monero. Back to modern day, Alphabay staff announced impending support of Zcash, much to the surprise of Reddit users. The community ... Read More »

Alphabay Hacker “Cipher0007” Takes Down Sanctuary Market

In January 2017, a hacker—known on Reddit as /u/Cipher0007—found two Alphabay bugs that gave him access to over 200,000 messages between vendors and buyers. He handled the disclosure well and received community praise for doing so. Come late May, the hacker posted that he hacked the Sanctuary marketplace and, in the process, indirectly extinguished the site. Instead of contacting the ... Read More »

DEA Busts a “Mystery Mix” Alphabay Vendor

In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Joshua J. Kelly, a well known beheld on Alphabay. On May 11, 2017 law enforcement raided his shop, Heady Warez smoke shop after the DEA investigated a vendor known as “ustous.” Responses, thus far, have a unique element about them—one that does not come with many drug vendor arrests—at least ... Read More »

Alphabay to Add Ethereum Support in May

According to a message on /r/Alphabay and /r/darknetmarkets, Alphabay developers are currently in the process of finalizing a framework for Ethereum transactions. Starting May 1, the marketplace will allow the sending and receiving of yet another cryptocurrency. In addition to its original Bitcoin support, Alphabay opened up support for Monero in 2016. The value of ETH recently spiked in value. ... Read More »

Zeus Botnet Successor “Floki Bot” Available on Alphabay

The Zeus malware, first identified in 2007, consistently made headlines for major hacks and breaches. And now, according to a recent press release from two security firms, the Zeus malware evolved into something potentially more dangerous. Security researchers first spotted this new form malware in September 2016. According to the announcement from Talos and Flashpoint researchers, the new malware—Floki Bot—rapidly ... Read More »

IcyEagle Gets Prison Time for Selling Stolen Bank Accounts on AlphaBay

An Atlanta judge just sentenced Aaron James Glende aka IcyEagle to four years and two months in prison. IcyEagle sold stolen login credentials on the darknet, specifically on the AlphaBay marketplace. At his peak, he posted 300 different listings, including SunTrust bank accounts with a $500,000 account balance. The 35-year-old hacker ordered Oxycodone in early 2016 that a Postal Inspector ... Read More »

Ex Australian Cop Busted for Selling Stolen Police Identification on Alphabay

Former Australian police officer James Goris was arrested Tuesday morning in correlation with a raid on his home in Castlemaine following a five-month investigation. An investigation into Goris’ online habits started when he was accused of selling fake police, airport, and port authority identification on the Darknet. Police stated that they had fears the documents could be used by anyone ... Read More »

Timeline: Arrests of AlphaBay Vendors AREA51 and DARKAPOLLO

Although much of the information has been redacted, a sworn affidavit by a DEA agent helps break down the investigation of two recently indicted AlphaBay heroin dealers. The sworn affidavit by the agent who is only identified as ‘John Xxxx,’ details the work in his role as part of the Central California Darknet Strike Force, where he was trained to ... Read More »

AlphaBay and Oasis Markets to Begin Accepting Monero for Payments

Most transactions that take place on the deepweb utilize some form of cryptocurrency. Bitcoin and Ethereum have dominated the market for the longest time, but with the growing realization that neither form of digital currency is completely anonymous, many users have been seeking alternatives. One such alternative is Monero; a currency that both AlphaBay and Oasis just announced can be ... Read More »