Two AlphaBay Vendors Accused of Drug-Related Charges

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Two Brooklyn men have been indicted for selling cocaine and heroin on the dark web.

This follows a string of arrests of dark web vendors in recent times.

On August 2, 2016, law enforcement officers arrested Abudullah Almashwali and Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq.

And on August 11, 2016, Thursday, they were indicted on charges of distributing heroin and cocaine, and federal conspiracy, according to an announcement by Phillip A. Talbert, Acting US Attorney, on the website of the Department of Justice.

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Two AlphaBay accounts had been widely speculated to be run by the same person based on the nature of the product sold and quality.

According to the documents filed in the court, 31-year-old Alrmashwali, a Yemeni national, and 24-year-old Farooq, a Pakistani national, are large-scale vendors of heroin and cocaine and they primarily operated on the darknet market for illicit goods, the Alpha Bay.

They both reside in Brooklyn, New York and operated under pseudonyms “Area5” and “DarkApollo.”

Besides Alpha Bay, they also sold drugs on other darknet markets such as Dream Market and Oasis, and also on Agora and Nucleus when the sites were still operational.

It was widely speculated that the two Alpha Bay accounts were operated by one person as the nature and quality of the products sold by them were the same.

In fact, DarkApollo had even suggested users to check out the products offered by Area51.

At one point in time, even their accounts looked similar.

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DarkApollo’s and Area51’s at one point, their accounts were mirror images of each other.

Further, Area51 informed through a Reddit post that he had set up a darknet market of his own.

Though they have turned out to be different vendors, the federal conspiracy charge was slapped on them as it was evident that they were working together.

Both Alpha Bay vendors shipped drugs throughout the US for the orders they accepted on Alpha Bay.

The law enforcement officials made two controlled heroin purchases from Area51 in May 2016.

Law enforcement officials tracked the packages shipped from post offices in New York to a post office box in California’s Eastern District.

They also identified Farooq’s involvement in other mailings.

During their investigation, law enforcement officers found out that the encrypted email address used by “Area51” and “DarkApollo” was linked to social network accounts (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) used by Farooq.

According to Reddit users who have bought drugs from both vendors, they use a similar return address.

The Central California Darknet Strike Force is responsible for the investigation of this case, which is constituted of officials from multiple agencies such as the DEA, Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs, Postal Inspection Service, and IRS. DEA was the lead agency on the case.

The prosecutors for this case are Assistant Attorneys Jeffrey Spivak and Grant B. Rabenn.

If convicted, Almashwali and Farooq would have to pay a fine of $1 million and spend 20 years in prison.

They will be transferred to the Eastern District of California and be held there until their sentencing.

Florida Man Selling Fentanyl on AlphaBay Market, Arrested

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Chrissano Leslie, who is known by his username ”owlcity” among the users of the dark web marketplaces, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale on charges of trafficking MDMA, Fentanyl, cocaine, and a-PVP, according to reports.

Drug trafficking charges were leveled against him following a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into one of the most popular darknet marketplaces, AlphaBay Market, a darknet site that sells a host of illicit goods and services.

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Chrissano LeslieOn 26th July 2016, the DEA agents raided Leslie’s home and arrested the 26-year-old Florida man.

Initially, the operation was initiated for the purpose of nabbing Leslie for dealing in heroin and fentanyl, but the agents got hold of cocaine, MDMA, and a-PVP when they raided his home.

As it stands, he will have to face all of these charges in a federal court.

The DEA initiated an investigation of Leslie after he carried out a series of drug transactions over the past year on AlphaBay Market.

In March this year, undercover agents who posed as buyers sought some amount of “China white heroin” on AlphaBay Market.

Leslie, who was operating as a vendor on the AlphaBay Market site, quickly accepted payment in bitcoins from the agents, like any other vendor operating on the site, and then duly filled in their order.

The undercover agents, who had agreed to pay $510 in Bitcoin for the shipment, wanted it to be sent to an unspecified mail drop.

According to Francisco Maderal, a federal prosecutor, Leslie reportedly told the DEA agents, for some unknown reason, that their package would be delivered from a particular U.S. Post Office in Hollywood.

The undercover DEA agents kept a watch on the said Hollywood Post Office and saw Leslie drop the package.

fentanylThe agents then intercepted the package and tested the drugs to confirm that it was fentanyl.

Subsequently, the DEA agents raided the suspect’s home.

During the raid, they found out Leslie’s computer and gleaned evidence as regards to importation of fentanyl from China.

Though the federal government is known to allow importation of some amount of drugs, Leslie’s fentanyl trafficking is not likely to fall under what is termed as the importation of personal prescriptions.

Typically, individuals in the U.S. are not allowed to import prescription drugs into the country.

However, the FDA does provide guidance for the importation of unapproved new drugs under “Coverage of Personal Importations.”

According to a DEA affidavit, criminals are taking advantage of the anonymity offered by the dark web for creating online black markets like AlphaBay Market and use them for trafficking controlled substances as well as a great deal of other illicit goods.

If the charges are proved in court, Leslie would have to serve more than ten years in jail. Of course, it all depends on how the hearing proceeds.

AlphaBay Vendor Known as IcyEagle Accused of Bank Fraud

Aaron James Glende, a 35-year-old from Winona, was arrested by the feds in Atlanta for selling fraud-related products on AlphaBay, a dark web marketplace.

He was also known by the name Icyeagle.

He was charged with different counts including aggravated identity theft, access device fraud, and bank fraud.

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Icyeagle – AlphaBay Vendor

Bank FraudAaron allegedly started to advertise on the AlphaBay since the month of November 2015.

AlphaBay is a darknet site that can be accessed only by using Tor.

Using the online pseudonym Icyeagle, Glende allegedly advertised to sell stolen bank account details on 4th May 2016.

This was listed under the “Fraud” category on AlphaBay.

Icyeagle offered to sell hacked SunTrust Bank account details. These accounts were known to have weak security.

The sale price was about $66.99 for an account.

There were also indications that Icyeagle had sold 11 account logins on AlphaBay since November 2015.

It was alleged that these accounts contained substantial balance amounts.

Though the first listing by Icyeagle in AlphaBay was for accounts with high balance amounts (30K – 150K), he placed yet another listing on 19th March 2016 in which he offered SunTrust Bank hacked logins for $9.99.

These accounts had balances of U$100 to $500. It is indicated that he had sold 32 such login details since November 2015.

It was during the months of March and April 2016 that an FBI agent logged into AlphaBay as a customer on more than one occasion in a covert operation.

The agent purchased SunTrust Bank login details from Glende using bitcoins.

The information that was bought from Glende had the following details: usernames, addresses, email addresses, passwords, bank account numbers, and telephone numbers.

These details were purportedly that of five different SunTrust Bank clients.

After that, Glende was arraigned on different charges, including aggravated identity theft, before the Magistrate Judge Janet F. King and was indicted on 28th June 2016.

However, the charges are yet to be proved and till such time Glende is presumed to be innocent.

It is the responsibility of the government to prove the charges against Glende during the trial.

The FBI is now investigating the case with the assistance from the Minnesota Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the US Postal Investigation Service.

The AlphaBay Darknet Market

Alphabay Fraud Vendor IcyEagleAttorney John Horn said in a court statement that Aaron Glende allegedly sold stolen bank account details on AlphaBay, a darknet marketplace designed to sell illicit goods and services.

In the light of this arrest, he also warned citizens to be careful with their bank account information.

Most financial information is traded for cash on such sites.

AlphaBay has several features that are specifically designed for those wishing to buy or sell illicit services.

The categories are named as follows: Drugs and Chemicals, Fraud, Carded Items, Weapons, Counterfeit Items, etc.

The search function of the website allows the visitor to search for items by name. Purchases are to be made using bitcoins.

Much like popular ecommerce sites eBay and Amazon, users can search for vendors by name and could also rate vendors and their services.

AlphaBay Market Users Complain About Potential Scammers

There are some potential scammers on AlphaBay Market posing as vendors to take advantage of unsuspecting users; one, in particular, was identified by a customer as buying drugs from other vendors then reselling them at around the same price.

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ScamThe US-based AlphaBay Market trader has been identified as a possible ‘selective scammer,” he promised a customer 2-day shipping on some tablets and actually delivered them on time with a few extra tabs on top.

Feeling happy with this order, the client decided to make another one, and that’s when the trouble started hitting him.

He paid this vendor about two weeks ago but has not received his package.

Feeling aggrieved, the AlphaBay Market buyer sent a message directly to him asking why the products have not yet arrived despite all payments being made.

This scammer responded by saying that he had sent it a day before receiving the text, but his statement is not true considering that the inquiry was made about a week ago, and still nothing has arrived.

Currently, the vendor is seen online frequently but avoids communicating with the person he scammed.

While the seller seemed legit at first sight, it was probably just a façade meant to hoodwink people into spending their money with him.

The buyer has lost hope of ever receiving his package and cautions others from using this same AlphaBay Market vendor again.

scammer-part2Following these revelations and a possible tainted image, the scammer sought to salvage himself by writing to the victim again.

Claiming that he recently checked tracking information and it showed that his package was about to arrive, further saying that all products had earlier been processed and made ready for shipping.

But there was a security concern soon afterward that forced them to cease operations temporarily, all for the safety of their customers which always comes first.

He also assured the customer that they don’t engage in scamming activities, though the client is still not satisfied by this explanation and feels as if his vendor lied, avoided communication and fell off the grid intentionally.

For these reasons, he should not be trusted by anyone buying stuff on AlphaBay Market.

However, this isn’t an isolated case as there have been reports of similar incidents on AlphaBay Market by other vendors.

One is accused of impersonating between 3-5 accounts and using them to conduct illegal business, while at the same time taunting the original owners.

Many users have become cautious with their money following these scamming claims, with some turning for advice to other users.

Concerned users replied by saying that the best way is by checking the vendors recent feedback status, this should give anyone an idea of what to expect upon doing business with a particular seller.

Alpha02 Has Publicly Been Doxed

A former AlphaBay Market admin might have been doxed publicly based on some Reddit reports; doxing is an online form of harassment where someone’s personal details are shared out without their consent. Despite this occurrence, it’s unlikely that traders would be affected since he left AlphaBay Market much earlier in August 2015.

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lyft-uber-hack-945x646Already users are expressing concern that the darknet Market isn’t safe after all, and may end up just like the previous two Silk Roads and Sheep Marketplace, which were seize by authorities. They say head admin made very rookie mistakes that raise pertinent questions on whether AlphaBay Market has a strong security system, or it will be taken down indefinitely and coins lost forever.

Nevertheless, some people are convinced that this dox claim isn’t new and was actually posted some months ago when the moderator was still active on the platform. Apparently, it was being done by a known spammer for as far back as last summer. Therefore, having a market owner doxed for close to a year is virtually impossible. Not unless it’s him trying to gain some relevance. But if not, then some users wonder whether the blackmailer receives tons of extortion requests he doesn’t really understand.

In response to this doxing claim, AlphaBay Market says they don’t know whether it’s factual or not but users should avoid panicking since the affected party is no longer active on the site. Nevertheless, if the dox is true then he probably left AlphaBay Market out of fear for his opsec issues which later on affected him. Moreover, since all postings were done in the open, the victim definitely had time to erase and encode his private information in readiness of a bust.

The chances are high that the claims are false since the former admin would have been arrested by now if indeed they were accurate. Likewise, there won’t be any evidence left by the time police catch up with him as they would have been deleted immediately his personal information appeared online. The administrator left AlphaBay Market several months ago, citing “change of heart” as the reason.

This entire doxing report may even be just an elaborate plan construed by a few individuals, considering how simplistic the “proofs” are. Nobody in their right senses can manage such a huge data leak attempt and leave behind clear evidence for the victim to see since he would likely delete them from trace.

AlphaBay-Drugs-e1440637620153 (1) assures traders that the new admins who took over in August 2015 are ahead of the game in terms of security. They are 100% sure that no clue online can trace back to them, recently revealing in a private group chat that the darknet market has NSA-proof security, and only an entire army can bring them down. Moreover, the site has a new policy where if the presiding admin does not appear online for a period of 48 hours, the account is automatically given to staff members so they can take over as temporary admin. This is to remove any evidence of a successful takedown.

AlphaBay Vendor Offers Unique Baked Goodies

An AlphaBay vendor who has been trading on the site for some time has recently announced the re-launch of a new line of edibles. These foodstuffs will be available on the deep web and mainly include baked goodies, laced with some favorite narcotics and psychedelics that customers like. The decision was born out of a need to create better-tasting edibles. Having toured many dispensaries in different places and tasted various baked goods, he/she was disappointed by their lack of quality and made it his/her point to create something that will make AlphaBay customers much more excited.

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weed-brownieThe recipe includes baked nutella shortbread cookies, raw cacao truffles mixed with either cannabis or psylocybin and other common treats like CannaBrownies prepared with a unique cosmic twist only for AlphaBay clients. Furthermore, prices have been lowered considerably to attract more people looking for tasty baked treats. Anyone can purchase them even those who only want to try out this delicacy for the first time; the AlphaBay vendor has applied every measure possible so that customers can always feel satisfied when spending money on these items.

Apart from being delicious, these foods are also healthy and affordable compared to other stores. Users will enjoy their favorite snacks mixed with cannabis strains, or any other narcotics they prefer. Lowered prices also mean that buyers have greater purchasing power and can acquire more for less, which is a huge advantage for those who are interested in making bulk purchases.

Other health stores only sell flat consumables not infused with the fun stuff, hence giving customers a mundane choice that they don’t prefer. But the AlphaBay vendor is taking things to another level by introducing ingredients that were unheard of in the past. There are very few people who sell such items on AlphaBay, better yet at the price, he/she is offering them. Therefore, customers should take advantage of this opportunity to buy all unique treats they have been thinking of at affordable rates.

how-to-weed-brownies-720x340Additionally, the different foodstuffs have been baked to professional standards meaning you won’t feel as if quality has depreciated compared to those which are bought from physical stores. The vendor strongly urges AlphaBay users to check them out, further guaranteeing their total satisfaction and money back warranty if necessary.

So far there’s been positive response from most AlphaBay users, with most wanting to try his/her products which are indeed turning out to be popular. They are promising to give it a try especially the psilocybin one, some have even admitted that just the thought of these treats can make their brains and belly rumble. Furthermore, the vendor says they have added a pinch of ginger inside their foods to aid in digestion; this also helps in easing assimilation of fungus. Some AlphaBay customers are even ordering their unique recipes, such as cookies with chocolate sprinkles in a six pack made with either flower or concentrates.

New Phishing Scam Aimed at AlphaBay Users

alpha-bay-market (2)An Alpha Bay Market user has raised concern about his inability to login into the site, the user’s password gets always rejected despite being correct. He was left confused on what was happening; first thinking that the site was down temporarily then later alluding maybe admin could be scamming some customers by altering their passwords and pin numbers.

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However, things were not always negative for him since before digital orders went through normally. As a novice on Alpha Bay Market, most deliveries were completed successfully though he still admits being a bit skeptical about physical delivery of goods. Nonetheless, he was happy receiving his deliveries even though others didn’t work.

As time went by, he started placing larger orders with more bitcoins but suddenly his password began failing for no good reason. The user tried to recover it using a verse and pin but still it showed error, so he was left with no other option but to contact Alpha Bay Market support for assistance. The user says he can readily verify the account if needed by providing the last password digits and pin, though hoping admin hasn’t changed them yet.

The users account contains information about every BTC deposits and addresses, wherewith every order placed and disputed can be checked for reference sake. The user has waited for the marketplace to reply and hopeful that they’ll do so soon. Otherwise, if there are any delays he may assume it’s a scam and people are advised to be alert. The user has also requested anyone with information on what’s happening to let him know.

According to the moderator, if his password and PIN have been changed then chances are high it could be a phishing scam. Alpha Bay Market does not ask account users for PIN when they log in. The user was asked whether he had enabled 2FA protection on his account, to which he answered no. Without two-factor authentication, online users are more susceptible to hacking and phishing; hence, people are advised to install it before opening accounts particularly on the dark web.

login_buttonDespite having all the necessary details, the user is still unable to login, and this is causing him anxiety since there are many pending orders. The moderator has asked if he has his recovery neumonic. There’s a slim possibility it can work in getting his account up and running again. Additionally, the support team will require neumonic so as to verify account details. According to the moderator, it seems like he was phished and advised to enable 2FA protection on new accounts he will create.

The moderator has logged into Alpha Bay Market, only to verify later that no announcements about downtime had been made on the forums; hence, increasing the likelihood that the user was indeed phished. He told the user that he hoped that he didn’t give off his login details.

The users issue has not yet been solved and each time he tries logging in, an “Authentication failed” message shows up. According to him, he welcomes any suggestions or solutions that may prove helpful.

Common Phishing Techniques And How To Avoid Them

anthem-breach-phishing-attack-cited-showcase_image-1-a-7895Many AlphaBay users have been phished before, losing money or having their BTC balance disappear without a trace.

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AlphaBay admits that such an experience can be agonizing, but there are certain ways scamming can be prevented to safeguard your money from fraudsters. Nevertheless, since phishing methods have evolved with time, the best defense against phishers remains to be the application of common sense. Some AlphaBay phishing techniques to watch out for include:

Credential stealer, or “locked out after depositing” scam

It’s the most common technique used by fraudsters today. A fellow member sends you unsolicited “dox information” links for approval. While such sites seem like AlphaBay at first sight, they are just proxy domains that can capture your login details, thus giving the phisher access to stored bitcoins. But if there’s no available balance the AlphaBay scammer will record your deposit address, monitoring it for future incoming coins. To prevent this from happening, only use official links and avoid clicking on random referral sites.

PIN stealer

Here, the victim is tricked into following an “exclusive” phishing link that requests for PIN information and mnemonics upon signing up. AlphaBay will never ask for your PIN details if this ever happens then be rest assured that it’s a phishing page. In such cases even changing your password won’t help, mainly because the AlphaBay phisher already has your mnemonic data. You can quickly identify this anomaly by checking for authorized withdrawals made to unrecognizable addresses. This trick can also be prevented by only using the official links. A majority of users have been complaining about this issue, but there’s no way a withdrawal can be approved without one first having a valid web session cookie and PIN. The only reasonable conclusion is that somebody else has your AlphaBay login details.

Special deposit address

what-is-a-phishing-scam-136394107163503901-141103122830In this phishing technique, a person is tricked into following a special phishing link where the scammer will then see your “deposits address,” before copy/pasting it into your bitcoin client page and sending the coins straight to their wallet. Phishers use a special link that fetches data from AlphaBay but then changes on-screen deposit address. The PGP proof of ownership will henceforth not show validity. Some links even show their access key on the contacts page, meaning that users will unknowingly validate the phisher’s address by employing the phisher’s key. This can be avoided by getting the real AlphaBay login key and using it to authenticate stuff.

Withdrawal changer

Though less common compared to the other phishing techniques mentioned here, it can still happen and you should be wary of the risks involved. This scam occurs when you have a computer malware or bitcoin stealer program that alters address information on your clipboard after copy/pasting an address. Some of the phishing links even change the user address after clicking Send, without requiring any form of malware.

Competition Among Darknet Markets Are Growing

Competition for new customers has reached an all-time high on the dark web, with each darknet market offering fresh incentives meant to attract more clients to their platform. An AlphaBay vendor is now offering 10% off on the first item bought by those who’ve just signed up, some dealers also claim that AlphaBay is better than others since transactions are more secure and anonymous. Customers are guaranteed exclusive access to the biggest selection of best drugs they can possibly get, be it weed, LSD, cocaine, MDMA or any other narcotic.

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Additionally, there are quick and easy signup links on Reddit for those interested in joining AlphaBay for the first time. People promoting their invite-links also claim they are legit so as to gain more trust from AlphaBay customers, further encouraging them to check through DNstats.net for confirmation on this matter.

Beware of dodgy links that lead to fake copies of AlphaBay (phishing sites) where they steal your bitcoin. Make sure to use the correct and safe link found on this site in the guide page or the AlphaBay URL page.

Sign up is absolutely free and subscribers also have access to a wide variety of products and services, AlphaBay currently boasts the largest marketplace inventory on darkweb making it a favorite amongst many users. It further allows traders to tumble their coins so as to reduce the chances of being detected. AlphaBay also recently released a new multi-signature tutorial for its users, aimed at preventing market scams and driving out traditional escrow systems which are not very efficient.

Despite the competition between different darknet markets, individual traders are also contesting amongst themselves by supplying referrals links which they hope users would click on and buy their products. The Nucleus Market subreddit forum is filled with these onion referral links, most of which are from AlphaBay sellers looking for Nucleus refugees.

Those promoting AlphaBay say that it’s too good to be true and people who haven’t signed up yet are really missing out on something special. They say AlphaBay is today what the Silk Road marketplace was in its heydays some years back, buyers are assured of hot deals on narcotics, credit cards and guns amongst other items. They are mostly saying these things because they make money for each customer they refer.

alphabayMoreover, some vendors are advertising their wares with free “sample give away” to attract even more people. A new dealer looking to build his reputation is offering 30mg. of adderalls sourced from d-amphetamines free of charge. Likewise, there are vendors currently promising next-day door delivery for any product bought from them.

AlphaBay is free to sign up and all you need is a referral link from someone who already has an account with them. Those who were previously trading on Nucleus say it would have been better if they discovered AlphaBay much earlier, before Nucleus pulled an exit scam on them. People are registering in numbers together with their friends, and most agree that AlphaBay is currently the best darknet market, owing to its high levels of security and anonymity. Additionally, some vendors are openly listing their prices on Reddit with one selling 7 grams of Purple Hush at 0.1564 BTC, and another 1gm. Premium MDMA at 0.0405 BTC with a limited time offer.

AlphaBay Market Is Back Open As Normal

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4Zt9DpdDk7W8DEj94_Dark-Net-Word-Cloud-v4-ForWinAfter a short absence from the darknet owing to security updates, AlphaBay Market is now up again for business on the darknet albeit with some new rules. Those registering have been cautioned that no password resets would be done, plus lost security codes will be unrecoverable, so it’s wise for users to jot down their passwords somewhere to avoid misplacement. Selling/sharing account information with others is also forbidden unless one is using the “Shared Access” command.

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-1x-1Additionally, after an order has been placed on AlphaBay Market, it cannot be canceled unless the buyer comes to a mutual agreement with their dealer. Despite the comeback, some users are still complaining that their orders are not going through despite sending bitcoins to the right addresses. Submitting ticket inquiries to admin also didn’t help as they received a reply “not an alphabay address.” Other AlphaBay Market users, however, advised such people always to double-check their address before sending bitcoins.

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