Attorney General Jeff Sessions took time out of his day to brag about the takedown of of AlphaBay. The crime? Creating a space where people could engage in voluntary transations anonymously. That anonymity is one of the biggest threats to state authority. No wonder Jeff Sessions went out of his way to point this out. You have to make examples of things like this.
from thehill.com – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said it had shut down the online criminal market AlphaBay and one of its chief competitors, Hansa.
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“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.
AlphaBay sold illegal goods, including drugs, weapons and hacking tools, anonymously. Like the Silk Road marketplace before it, AlphaBay was a site hosted on the Tor network’s hidden services — meaning it didn’t leave a traceable internet address for authorities to track down. Tor also protected customers’ internet addresses, and payments were handled using difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency.
A DOJ press release notes that there were more than 350,000 listings for goods on AlphaBay when it was taken down. Silk Road only had 14,000.
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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 SessionsJeff SessionsWarren: ‘I’d be very glad’ for Sessions…