Darknet Marketplace AlphaBay Offline Following Raids

A joint law enforcement investigation involving the United States, Canada and Thailand appears to have resulted in the takedown of the world’s largest darknet marketplace, called AlphaBay. Meanwhile, one of its alleged operators has been found dead in a Bangkok jail cell.

Launched in December 2014, AlphaBay offered for sale everything from weapons and drugs to healthcare data and counterfeit payment cards, and it boasted 240,000 members.

But the darknet site – referring to an Onion website that can only be reached by using the anonymizing Tor browser – went dark July 5, leading many users to suspect either a law enforcement raid, that site administrators had absconded with their cryptocurrency – or potentially both.

Source: Healthcare Info Security