Interestingly, AlphaBay’s former moderator “Disc0” also chimed in, but using a lowercase “d” this time. Sign up for a free trialand see how Flashpoint can provide you with the actionable intelligence your team needs to identify and respond to cyber and physical threats targeting your organization. “RCMP’s ‘Dark Web’ investigation leads to searches in Montreal, Trois-Rivières”. “AlphaBay taken down by law enforcement across 3 countries, WSJ says”.
After nearly a year back online, though, DeSnake says he feels “vindicated,” given that few if any undercover operations have lasted that long. “For majority of vendors and customers the question has been put to rest,” DeSnake says. Cazes used a pseudonym, Alpha02, to run the site which he had previously used (e.g., in carding and tech forums) since at least 2008, and variously advertised this identity as the “designer”, “administrator” and “owner” of the site. In April 2016, AlphaBay’s API was compromised, leading to 13,000 messages being stolen. In January 2017, the API was once again compromised, allowing over 200,000 private messages from the last 30 days and a list of usernames to be leaked.
In a further show of there being no honour amongst thieves, the HTML source of the phishing site appears to have been copied from a previous lookalike site using the onion-market.co domain name. This domain name has since been repossessed by its registrar, GoDaddy, which is typical of domains that have been paid for with fraudulent funds or subjected to chargebacks. Netcraft is a renowned authority in cybercrime disruption as well as a PCI approved scanning vendor.
- The marketplaces are usually managed by an admin or a small group of admins, and the typical users of the marketplaces are cybercriminals who search for illegal products online that will help their own illicit activities.
- DeSnake points out that this part of AlphaBay’s administration successfully escaped prosecution and has unsurpassed skills when it comes to running a darknet market.
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- The surface web domain is likely setup specifically to direct users to a phishing site where their credential information can be stolen.
- AlphaBay Featured ListingFour years after the market went down, the Market’s former customers and vendors got a reason to smile.
Businesses have had limited time to become acquainted with AlphaBay 2.0 as of yet (DeSnake says it is the same market, not “2.0”). There were no sales made by the suppliers indicated or any other sources that we were aware of. There looks to have been a significant amount of time and work put into the new features, some of which are absolutely novel.
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AlphaBay only accepts Monero, has strict product restrictions, and doesn’t allow people from certain countries to use it. DeSnake has started building the next generation decentralized marketplace network. This new version will allow markets and vendor shops from all around the world to join and form the future. The network will make it impossible to LE takedowns and it will be the long awaited progress in the darknet market scene. All in all, “lordlucifer” is right about one thing, plenty of darknet markets tried to replace AlphaBay. People thought that Dream Market was going to take the crown, but its administrator and a very productive vendor Gal Vallerius was arrested within a month after the Operation Bayonet was over.
DarkOwl believes this account may be maintained by DeSnake based on the observation that they leave a similar “Thank You.” at the end of every post. The service on Tor appears to be hosted alongside Dread services and features both the Dread waiting queue and clock-captcha for DDoS protection. The marketplace was offline last week, when Dread and its sister services were under heavy DDoS and inaccessible. Prior to AlphaBay, Alexander Cazes had a reputable history on the darknet – specifically in the carding community. A senior member from the carding community Ranklez claimed he had evidence to suggest Cazes wasn’t alpha02.
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Cazes’ statements about the goal of the site — “launched in September 2014 and its goal is to become the largest eBay-style underworld marketplace” — helped to legally establish intent. Assets acquired through proceeds were held in a variety of accounts directly linked to Cazes, his wife and companies they owned in Thailand , as well as directly held personal accounts in Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Switzerland and Antigua. At the time of its demise in July 2017, AlphaBay had over 400,000 users. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia identified an AlphaBay staffer living in the United States. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California filed a civil forfeiture complaint against Alexandre Cazes and his wife’s assets located throughout the world, including in Thailand, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, and Antigua & Barbuda. Cazes and his wife amassed numerous high value assets, including luxury vehicles, residences and a hotel in Thailand.
Alexandre Cazes, the alleged administrator for the Alphabay marketplace.Netherlands Police and the Public Prosecutor’s Office dismantled Hansa in early June and basically operated the DNM, while users flocked to Hansa after AB went down. While operating Hansa, law enforcement collected lots of information on vendors and frequent patrons who leveraged the DNM and seized thousands of bitcoins. Then there was the so-called AB Kingpin Alexandre Cazes who was arrested by Thailand police. It was assumed, that Cazes was or played the role of the AB administrator dubbed “Desnake.” However, Cazes was found dead in his cell after his arrest in Thailand. While Silk Road made its name selling drugs, AlphaBay was prolific in its black market products.
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The official AlphaBay market URL has remained unchanged. As is the norm with darknet markets, one has to encounter a captcha before reaching the login page. And once in a while, users may experience delays during periods of high usage. Solving captcha is a daunting task to many, especially newbies on the dark space.
We do not want donations, moving your business to us and spreading the word is more than enough. If you want to go the extra mile there will be other activities which we will need help with to make the network run. Those who are outspoken and are active members members/vendors or developers will benefit from the network launching in the long term. The most essential reason of why you should use AlphaBay over any other marketplace is that by using our escrow you become part of the people who help fund building a decentralized network which benefits everyone – vendors, buyers and even other marketplaces. By purchasing from vendors on our marketplace, you generate profit percentage of which is used to fund the decentralized network.
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We offer the highest rate in the industry up to 25% of our profits depending on TLs of the referred. Developed from scratch and battle-tested for years AlphaGuard which ensures even if seizures happen on all servers, users will be able to withdraw their funds, settle disputes and leave without a cent lost. AlphaGuard and its systems can not be detected by LE to be taken down and even if they were, there are ‘sleeping cells’ which will make sure the core objectives of the program are fulfilled. If you’re still not sorted, go to the forum and ask your questions. Finally, you can go to the support centre and book a ticket. A friendly staff member often comes in time and answers your questions.
For instance, you need to reach Trust Level 3 to unlock the autoshop option (this stands for both sellers & buyers). AlphaBay allowed users to sell and buy opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, contributing to a rising drug epidemic in the United States, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news briefing in Washington, D.C. Additional language analysis reveals other questionable inconsistencies. The overt exclusion of CIS countries is peculiar, especially given that DeSnake and alpha02 were openly active in Russian carding communities. They worked closely with a “security administrator” and second in command known as DeSnake, or simply “DS” for short.