Friday, July 28, 2017
This Has To Be Good News For The Department of Human Services. Some Holes Plugged!
This appeared last week:
AlphaBay, Hansa darknet marketplaces shut down
21 July, 2017 10:23
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Dutch National Police, and Europol have cracked down on darknet markets, shutting down two of the major Tor-concealed marketplaces for illegal goods and services: Hansa and AlphaBay.
The US Department of Justice overnight announced that it had seized AlphaBay, the darknet market site that hosted the so-called ‘Medicare Machine’ service.
AlphaBay has been offline since 5 July.
The Medicare Machine was a service that offered to obtain the Medicare card details of any Australian when provided with his or her name and date of birth.
The Australian Federal Police are investigating the service and the government has commissioned a review into the HPOS service believed to be the source of the data.
AlphaBay was considered to be the largest darknet market. The site’s alleged operator, Canadian Alexandre Cazes, was arrested in Thailand earlier this month. He died in custody, apparently taking his own life.
The Department of Justice said investigators had found Cazes' personal Hotmail email address, Pimp_Alex_91@hotmail.com in the header information of a welcome email sent to new AlphaBay users in December 2014.
AlphaBay was believed to have more than 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors. It supported transactions using a range of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Monero and Ethereum.
“This is likely one of the most important criminal case of the year,” US attorney-general Jeff Sessions said at a press conference announcing the seizure.
This sounds to me like real progress. It really seems to be important to shut down as much of the dark web as is possible to reduce all sorts of criminality!
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Friday, July 28, 2017