DOJ Takes Down Dark Net Marketplaces

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said it had shut down the online criminal market AlphaBay and one of its chief competitors, Hansa.

“This is likely one of the most important criminal cases of the year,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a press conference.

Sessions said the DOJ had seized the infrastructure and arrested the criminal market’s owner, ending speculation about why AlphaBay had recently disappeared.

On July 5, Alexandre Cazes, a Canadian citizen living in Thailand, was arrested for creating and running the AlphaBay marketplace. He reportedly took his own life in Thai custody one week later.

AlphaBay went offline around the same time as the arrest.

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