‘Dark web’ marketplaces shut down after global investigation

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two of the world’s largest “dark web” marketplaces have been shut down after a global investigation, according to the BBC.

The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been connected to the trade of illicit products such as weapons, drugs and stolen data.

On AlphaBay, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals, according to Europol.

The FBI, DEA and Dutch National Police led the investigation.

The site AlphaBay went dark in early July after an alleged administrator of the site, 26-year-old Canadian Alexandre Cazes, was arrested in Thailand. Police seized millions of dollars in assets, four luxury cars and three properties.

He reportedly committed suicide while in custody, according to the Department of Justice.

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