Dark Web Dream Market Users Claim Missing Funds after Temporary Downtime

After two of darknet’s biggest markets, Hansa and AlphaBay, were taken down by two global law enforcement operations, Dream Market gained thousands of users and became one of darknet’s biggest marketplaces. On September 13, according to reports, Dream Market went down for several hours, which led users to believe its admins had pulled an exit … Read more

Dark Web Dream Market Users Busted for Reusing their Passwords

According to Naked Security, a few Dream market vendors apparently reused their credentials from busted marketplaces such as Hansa, and didn’t enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on their accounts, meaning police easily got control of their accounts, and effectively locked them out. According to a researcher, at least 16 different darknet vendors have been compromised because … Read more

Authorities Are Going after Users of Two of Darknet’s Biggest Markets

As previously covered by CCN.com, two of darknet’s biggest marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa, were taken down by law enforcement. AlphaBay was taken down by an operation dubbed “Bayonet”, which included raids on the market’s server in Canada and the U.S., and the arrest of Canadian national Alexander Cazes, its admin, in Thailand. Alexander was later … Read more

Leading Bitcoin Mixing Service Bitmixer.io Announces Its Shutting down Operations

Bitmixer.io, one of the largest bitcoin mixing services in the world, recently announced through Bitcointalk that it’s shutting down operations despite “huge profits”, citing a change in ideology, meaning the admins now believe that bitcoin isn’t an anonymous currency. The service’s admin added that he believes the cryptocurrency will have “a great future without darknet … Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump Ordered the DOJ to Go after Darknet Markets

During a press briefing at the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed that president Donald Trump ordered the DOJ to go after organized international cybercrime organizations like AlphaBay. He stated: “[Donald Trump] gave us several directives. One is to dismantle transnational criminal organizations. That is what we are announcing today. Dismantling … Read more

Tracing Ethereum and Bitcoin? Darknet’s Two Biggest Marketplaces are Busted

On July 16, CCN.com published a development on what happened to the biggest darknet marketplace, AlphaBay, after it was down for over 10 days. At the time, reports suggested that authorities managed to raid its servers in Canada and the U.S., and arrest its alleged admin Alexander Cazes, a Canadian national, in Thailand, who was … Read more

AlphaBay Taken down by Law Enforcement, Alleged Admin Commits Suicide in Jail

On July 5, CCN.com reported that popular darknet market AlphaBay had been down for several hours and that a suspicious transaction led users to believe the admins pulled an exit scam. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s known that the marketplace was taken down by law enforcement raids in three different countries across … Read more

Darknet Market AlphaBay Down: Exit Scam or Maintenance?

Popular darknet market AlphaBay, responsible for helping Monero’s value surge in 2016 after it partnered with Oasis and started accepting the cryptocurrency, seems to be down since Tuesday night, and users are now starting to grow suspicious. While details are still scarce, various users stumbled upon a large bitcoin withdrawal coming from what many believe … Read more

Indian Authorities Looking to ‘Seize’ 500 Bitcoins Belonging to Drug Traffickers

In a landmark case that could see the first ever seizure of bitcoin during a criminal investigation in India, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will look to seize about 400-500 bitcoins (approx. ₹ 21,883,567 INR or $ 327,170 USD) from the accounts of alleged drug traffickers in the country. The seizure comes as a part … Read more