In August we saw the takedown of two of the dark web’s largest marketplaces for illegal goods Alphabay and its substitute Hansa. These have sprung up following the demise of the Silk Road (1 & 2) and Agora. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay worth approximately £350 million between May 2015 and February 2017. Hansa was seized and covertly monitored for a month before being deactivated. These kind of websites spring up as fast as they are taken down, because they are very lucrative and thrive on anonymous transactions. On this occasion despite the sophistication of anonymity tools like Tor and Cryptocurrency Bitcoin, law enforcement’s best clues in this case seem to have been the result of criminal ineptitude. Which happens quite often. Ever since AlphaBay went offline earlier in July, users of the site had discussed potential alternative dark web marketplaces on online forums.
Dark Web Webinar
CEOs, Senior or Director of Marketing and/or PR and Communications, Corporate Brand Senior or Director, Computer Forensic Consultants, Technical Analysts, Cyber Security Experts, Network Security or Cyber Security Engineers, Penetration testers, Ethical hackers, Cyber Security Developers, SOC analysts, Senior or Manager Security Consultants.
Mark Martin – Bio here.
Mark used to be a Senior Investigating Officer working in law enforcement, with over 15 years' experience of working in the National Crime Agency, National Crime Squad, HM Customs & Excise, UK Border Agency, Home Office and HM Revenue & Customs. He handled numerous cases involving drug trafficking, money laundering, endangered species, fraud, tackling child abuse online, extortion, hacking, and various other computer crimes. Mark is also a Mobile and Digital Forensics Practitioner.
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- A quick history of the Dark Web
- How and why the Dark Web developed
- Privacy and anonymity online
- Tor; what it is and how it is used to access the Dark Web
- Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin
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