Alphabay, dark web criminal marketplace, offline for a week

Jeez, if you want to buy drugs, guns, order dirty deeds done dirt cheap from the Dark Web then – wait for it – maybe the marketplace you use might be run by criminals too. Imagine that. Perhaps buyers who get ripped off purchasing heroin could notify law enforcement, oh, wait…

Alphabay, which can only be accessed using the Tor browswer went offline a week ago. The few statements from admins say it’s down for maintenance and server upgrades. A week is a very long time to be down for maintenance, especially with little no explanation.

Did I mention Alphabay escrows bitcoins payments while transactions are in progress and an unusual transaction ($3.4 million) could indicate it is moving large sums elsewhere?

Or maybe it got shut down by law enforcement or is being ransomed.

The largest criminal marketplace on the dark web, where users trade illegal drugs, guns and stolen bank details, has gone offline, with users fearing that they have been scammed.

The Alphabay site, which processed transactions worth $600,000 to $800,000 daily, including large volumes of UK deals, has been down since July 4, with speculation that the owners have pulled an “exit scam” to empty users’ accounts of bitcoins.

Experts say the closure may also be linked to searches last week by Canadian police working with the FBI.

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