Operation Bayonet (darknet)

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Operation Bayonet was a multinational law enforcement operation culminating in 2017 targeting the AlphaBay and Hansa darknet markets. [1] [2] [3] Many other darknet markets were also shut down. [4]

AlphaBay darknet market

AlphaBay Market was an online darknet market which operated on an onion service of the Tor network. It was shut down after a law enforcement action as a part of Operation Bayonet against it in the United States, Canada, and Thailand, reported 13 July 2017. The alleged founder, Alexandre Cazes, a Canadian citizen born on 19 October 1991, was found dead in his cell in Thailand several days after his arrest; suicide is suspected.

Hansa was an online darknet market which operated on a hidden service of the Tor network.

A darknet market or cryptomarket is a commercial website on the web that operates via darknets such as Tor or I2P. They function primarily as black markets, selling or brokering transactions involving drugs, cyber-arms, weapons, counterfeit currency, stolen credit card details, forged documents, unlicensed pharmaceuticals, steroids, and other illicit goods as well as the sale of legal products. In December 2014, a study by Gareth Owen from the University of Portsmouth suggested the second most popular sites on Tor were darknet markets.

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References

  1. McMillan, Robert; Viswanatha, Aruna (13 July 2017). "Illegal-Goods Website AlphaBay Shut Following Law-Enforcement Action". Wall Street Journal . Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. Statt, Nick (14 July 2017). "Dark Web drug marketplace AlphaBay was shut down by law enforcement". The Verge. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. Greenberg, Andy (20 July 2017). "Global Police Spring a Trap on Thousands of Dark Web Users". WIRED. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. "Massive blow to criminal Dark Web activities after globally coordinated operation". 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.