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Operation "Onymous" Also Shut Down Dark Net Markets Cloud 9 Hydra and Maybe More

The coordinated international action, dubbed Operation Onymous, against the Deep Net marketplaces infamous for being run on the rails of Bitcoin and other digital currencies is still being unveiled. So far, three men have been arrested in the last few days in conjunction with the cases. Currently, Cloud 9, Hydra, and Silk Road 2.0 display the increasingly-visible "This Hidden Site Has Been Seized" notice that online law enforcement has become famous for making. Beyond the three confirmed downed sites, several other Deep Net marketplaces are offline at the moment. Dark net marketplace....


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Day of Reckoning for Dark Markets as Hundreds of Domains Seized

At least 400 dark net web domains have been reported seized and 17 individuals arrested in connection with Operation Onymous, an ongoing global cybercrime crackdown. A number of high-profile dark net markets, most notably Silk Road 2.0, have been shut down by law enforcement agencies in the US and Europe over the past 24 hours. The European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit, or Eurojust, reported on 7th November that 414 dark web domains have been seized so far as part of Operation Onymous. All of the sites in question were accessible through the Tor network, which according to those....

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....

Silk Road 2.0 Shut Down by the FBI, Operator Arrested

Exactly one year after it went live on November 6 2013, Silk Road 2.0 has been taken offline in a joint operation between the FBI and Europol. Visitors to the deep web drug marketplace have been met with an official police notice informing them of the site's seizure. The New York FBI announced on Twitter that the site's operator Blake Benthall, was arrested in San Francisco. "Operator of Silk Road 2.0, Blake Benthall, arrested yesterday by FBI agents in San Francisco, CA. Business Insider reports the arrest of a major online drug dealer in Ireland, as part of Operation Onymous. European....

Markets Weekly: Bitcoin Rises Amid Dark Markets Crackdown

The bitcoin price has risen in the last seven days after two weeks of declines. It gained $25 over the week to hit a high of $351.44 on 7th November and is trading well above that level today, at a high of $365.82. The price increase has been accompanied by a rise in trading volume, which increased 32% week-on-week to 2.61 million BTC. This rise in volume was led by activity on Huobi, OKCoin and BTC-e. Although OKCoin reported this week that it would calculate its futures trading volume in a new way that would double its figures, this did not affect its volume numbers in its market for....

Dark Market Evolution Vanishes With $12 Million in Bitcoin

Notorious dark web marketplace Evolution has vanished amid reports that its administrators have absconded with more than $12m in bitcoin. Accessible only via the Tor network, the market had become the go-to online drug bazaar following the shut down of Silk Road and Operation Onymous, a pan-agency crackdown on illicit markets that seized over 400 domains in November. Members of the darkweb community expressed concerns about Evolution's moderators - operating under the handles 'Kimble' and 'Verto' - who were delayed responding to and processing withdrawal requests. Reddit's Evolution....