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AlphaBay Main Moderator Gets 11-Year Prison Sentence 

Bryan Connor Herrell, a Dark Web moderator who ran popular illegal marketplace AlphaBay, has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars. According to a statement from the Department of Justice, Herrell was found guilty of conspiring to run a racketeer-influenced organization. The End of AlphaBay Particularly, Herrell helped to settle disputes between parties on AlphaBay. He handled over 20,000 vendor disputes in his time working on the platform, while also acting as a “scam watcher” to prevent fraudulent activity. For his role, he got regular Bitcoin payments from AlphaBay’s creators. He was eventually arrested and charged in June 2019, according to…

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AlphaBay darknet market moderator sentenced to 11 years in Jail

‘Criminals cannot hide behind technology to break the law,’ a US attorney stated. One of the men responsible for moderating content on the now defunct AlphaBay darknet market will be in jail until 2031. According to a Sept. 1 statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, 26-year-old Bryan Connor Herrell was sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiring to engage in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization, for his role as a moderator on AlphaBay. The platform was one of the largest online marketplaces for drugs as well as guns, credit card data, and other illegal items, paid for with cryptocurrency.…

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After Empire’s Exit Scam, Darknet Market Patrons Scramble to Find Alternatives

Ever since the darknet market (DNM) Empire went under, DNM patrons have been scrambling to find reliable marketplaces on the deep web. On forums, individuals are discussing which markets are safe, the logistics of how to use different DNMs, and how much they lost from Empire Market’s exit scam aftermath. Years ago, after the infamous DNMs Alphabay and Hansa went under, Dream was the top dog for a while but it eventually bit the dust. In the fall of 2019, deep web visitors leveraged DNMs like Tochka, Apollon, Cannazon, Cryptonia, Grey Market, and Empire Market. While Empire grew massively, six…

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