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Authorities Take Down Hansa Dark Web Market, Confirm AlphaBay Takedown (bleepingcomputer.com) 41

An anonymous reader writes via Bleeping Computer: Today, in coordinated press releases, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Europol announced the takedown of two Dark Web marketplaces -- AlphaBay and Hansa Market. First to fall was the Hansa Market after Dutch officers seized control over their servers located inside one of the country's hosting providers. Dutch Police seized Hansa servers on June 20, but the site was allowed to operate for one more month as officers gathered more evidence about its clientele. The Hansa honeypot received an influx of new users as the FBI shut down AlphaBay on July 5, a day after it took control over servers on July 4. Europol and the FBI say they collected mountains of evidence such as "usernames and passwords of thousands of buyers and sellers of illicit commodities" and "delivery addresses for a large number of orders." FBI Active Director McCabe said AlphaBay was ten times larger than Silk Road, with over 350,000 listings. In opposition, Silk Road, which authorities seized in November 2013, listed a meager 14,000 listings for illicit goods and services at the time authorities took down the service.
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Authorities Take Down Hansa Dark Web Market, Confirm AlphaBay Takedown

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  • Or (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sexconker ( 1179573 ) on Thursday July 20, 2017 @05:21PM (#54849289)

    Or you could let people have drugs and sex.

    • Re: Or (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      And other people's credit cards, bank info, personal info, hacking tools, murder for hire, risky "research chemicals" sold as other drugs, etc.

      I'm fairly libertarian, and have no problem legalizing weed and hookers. But those are a small portion of what gets dealt on these services.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Sorry- no- if there is a problem (which there is) I'd argue for developing and rolling out new systems that are more secure. Police can't do shit to solve the problem and are only providing an illusion while partaking in a system of theft of my hard earned money. NEVER have they helped me recover funds and it literally does no good to go after a few big fish (which is the argument they'll make). I get hit personally every year by at least a number of self-entitled pricks and crooks/fraudsters alike in my bu

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        The problem with legalising hookers is dicks, both males and females. Prostitution is legal, you employer demands it or you are fired, what do you do? You use a prostitute and she claims you did not pay them and call it rape, what do you do? Someone rapes someone and throws some money at them, prostitution is legal, what do you do? Some things idiots can not have because greed driven stupidity. Keep in mind https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]. There was a story however about a pimp who wanted to hire an unemp

        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )
          PS they apparently didn't trust them, "The alleged founder Alexandre Cazes was found dead in a cell in Thailand, suspected of taking his own life." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]. that was quick.
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Plenty of places have legal prostitution and it works just fine. It provides a secure and safe place of employment that benefits those visiting and those working. Your examples are just ridiculous.

          • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

            Just as ridiculous as women never falsely claim rape, people don't burn their own properties down, people don't crash cars on purpose, parents never harm their own children for profit and the list goes on, create laws that can be abused and they will be abused. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new... [dailymail.co.uk] , well, just a main stream media fantasy I suppose.

        • Odd. Prostitution is legal where I live and none of the problems you describe exists.

          Wait. Not true. Just recently a John wanted his money back after it didn't last long enough to his tastes. He's now in jail for attacking her.

  • Damn (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    NOW where am I going to trade my stolen low-number Slashdot logins?

  • if this is supposed to scare us off darknet markets should probably point out all it really does is encourage devs to make new darknet markets, and new darknets.

  • Take one down and another will certainly pop up in its place. Maybe one of these days, admins will use local crypto to make honeypotting difficult (or impossible) for law enforcement.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    What is going to be done about it? Can it be decentralized? How do we liberate the internet from the tyrant's stranglehold?

    • by dnaumov ( 453672 ) on Thursday July 20, 2017 @05:39PM (#54849409)

      Important thing to note is that these guys weren't caught because of some TOR weakness, but because of essentially non-existent opsec.

      • The reality is the weakest point in the majority of systems is those with knowledge and access. eventually someone will do something dumb through laziness, over-confidence, greed or just plain stupidity. The only thing guaranteed is that each of these sites will eventually be compromised and a new one by some other group will take its place thinking it won't happen to them.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    The site also has a different, more interesting article detailing the AlphaBay admin's OpSec mistakes. In short, they were many. https://www.bleepingcomputer.c... [bleepingcomputer.com]
  • by WolfgangVL ( 3494585 ) on Thursday July 20, 2017 @05:58PM (#54849547)

    Sneakernet your drugs and pick up your whores at the tittie bar like everybody else. Buy your firearms privately, and your stolen creds directly from the supplier.

    Sometimes, the old ways are best.

    Maybe some entrepreneur should just setup a matchmaking site, complete with user reviews and ratings. Community vetting is perfectly legal, and you can charge a small fee per connection. Like a dating site for hustlers, pushers and pimps.....

    hustlerspushersandpimps.com is available.......

    User: 420man
    Interests: Cannibus
    Price:$$
    Location: Las Vegas, NV.
    Contact: *Click here to create an account*
    User rating: *****

    Reviews:

  • Transaction txt logfiles were replaced with an I.P. fishing image embedded in an xls. Vendors not on VPN, for example, highly vulnerable upon such XLS...which could also be opened any-time, any-where...so quite a Trojan. Question: Would LibreOffice and OpenOffice leak just as quickly?

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