Third of Sites Seized in Operation Onymous Were 'Clones'

Third of Sites Seized in Operation Onymous Were 'Clones'

A third of the 414 dark net addresses seized in Operation Onymous may have simply been 'cloned' sites with no actual illicit commercial activity taking place on them, according to new research by independent security analyst Nik Cubrilovic. In a blog post presenting his findings, Cubrilovic says 11 dark markets with commercial activity taking place on them remained operational, while their clones had been seized. "Some of these sites were mentioned in the FBI press release ... as having been taken down when in fact the clones were seized," he adds. According to Cubrilovic, the markets....


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