Cyberscoop: Justice Department announces shutdown of AlphaBay, Hansa dark markets

20 July 2017

“If confirmed, the AlphaBay takedown is a hugely positive step,” said Rick Holland, vice president of strategy with dark web intelligence firm Digital Shadows. “AlphaBay had established itself as a prominent ‘go to’ platform for the trade in illegal goods. Substantial sums of money were held in escrow on the platform, which means many thousands of cyber criminals are out of pocket. Takedowns like this undermine the confidence of cybercriminals in trading platforms and disrupt the ebb and flow of their trade.”