In a coordinated action by law enforcement agencies, dark web black market site Alpha Bay went offline.
The effort included law enforcement agencies from the U.S., Canada and Thailand.
As a result of the action, which occurred July 5, Alexander Cazes, 26, from Canada, ended up arrested in Thailand as a suspect in being one of the market’s administrators. A few days after his arrest, he died in his cell at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Laksi district in Thailand, apparently after taking his own life.
Alpha Bay launched in late 2014 and surpassed in size a former web-based black market site called Silk Road. All kinds of products, including drugs and stolen payment card information, ended up sold and bought through the market. Officials said the site was doing between $600,000 and $800,000 a day in revenues.
Alpha Bay was one of the biggest markets of this kind on the dark web, and its disappearance is forcing its users to turn to other markets.
For the moment, it is unknown how law enforcement found and seized Alpha Bay’s infrastructure.