U.S. Justice Department shuts down

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday  shut down the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, for allowing thousands of vendors to sell illegal drugs.

AlphaBay, a dark-net online market hub operating on the Tor network, mysteriously went offline earlier this month.

It was shut down after a law enforcement action in the U.S. and Canada acted.

It was widely considered the biggest online black market for drugs, estimated to host daily transactions totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said the site allowed users to sell and buy opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, contributing to a rising drug epidemic in the U.S.

“The dark net is not a place to hide,” Sessions said at a news briefing in Washington, D.C. to announce the action.

The Justice Department said law enforcement partners in the Netherlands had also taken down Hansa Market, another dark web marketplace.

FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe said AlphaBay was ten times as large as Silk Road, a dark website the agency had shut down in 2013.

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