Trying to access the dark web? The hidden content of World Wide Web infamous for the drug market or illegal goods like Alpha Bay. Browse your chrome to get a guideline first. Though that is pointless in the case of AlphaBay which went offline on the first week of this month without any prior notice. Uprising rumors and speculation about one of the biggest sites on the dark web. Three times bigger compared to its very first competitor in the drug market. Counterfeit credit cards or other explicit illegal categories stopped with the news from Wall Street Journal.
The closing of AlphaBay is the result of coordinated action by the U.S., Canada, and Thailand with the US leading the charge on extradition.
Alexander Cazes one of the operators of the site was found dead in his cell on last Wednesday in Thailand. He was arrested on July 5th by Thai authorities. A Canadian spokeswoman cited Mr. Caze “passed away in Thailand”.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s high-technology crime unit deployed their search teams on Cazes’ residence in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, said Camille Habel, a sergeant with the RCMP in Montreal.
The road to this online dark web was constructed long before. One of the previous Big names was Silk Road which got busted on 2014 in Operation Onymous. Ross Ulbricht or “Dread Pirate Roberts” the administrator of Silk Road now may be tweeting the Alphabay incident to his friends, AKA customers, on a life sentence payroll without a plea.
Associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Nicolas Christin studies online marketplaces, according to him the estimated total sale on the site was between $600,000 & $800,000 on average.
It provided millions of dollars revenue to AlphaBay’s operators each year. The sudden shutdown made the operators leave behind a pile of the digital currency.
First six months of 2017, AlphaBay sold more than $5 million in stolen credit-card numbers.