There has been yet another reported attack on the AlphaBay Market on December 30, 2015. Just one day before New Year’s Eve, the online Dark Web market that operates on the Tor network has once again encountered difficulties and received numerous complaints from users. However, it did not take the host of the site too long to mitigate the tense situation. Within a short amount of time the admin purportedly came up with a solution, which consisted of the implementation of an alternate link. The following is the publicly released statement from an official support account of the AlphaBay Market.
“Alphabay Under Attack, alternate links are working fine – We are mitigating another DDoS attack. Will be resolved as usual. Please use the alternate links if the main link has issues.”
This was not AlphaBay Market’s first insurmountable attack to overcome. They have dealt with similar situations many times before. The site was founded by alpha02. Its pre-launch took place on November 2014 but it was not officially available till December 22, 2014.
AlphaBay Market allows the sale of weapons and drugs, as well as stolen credit card numbers and many others. Users are drawn to this site for many reasons; one of the most alluring however is the option to make Bitcoin payments, which serves to protect anonymity. The AlphaBay Market is purportedly based in Russia, and is seen as one of the favorite marketplaces available to vendors worldwide, who can sell and buy different goods.
The attacks happen for various reasons and can be initiated by numerous (jealous possibly?!) parties, who have the ability to incorporate DDoS. It seems to boil down to the fact that AlphaBay Market has various competitors, who do not hesitate to implement DDoS to impede or, in worst case scenario, destroy certain functions on the site to lure users of the Dark Web to their own site. Furthermore, a number of various speculations can be considered when trying to find other reasonable answers as to why these attacks in fact take place… However, one thing is certain – no matter how many times AlphaBay Market has been attacked, it seems to always find a way to rise from the ashes and not let its users down.
The AlphaBay Market has a history of overcoming distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Thus, even though the website may encounter temporary unavailability on occasion, it does not necessarily mean that the interference of the “enemy” can permanently suspend services of the host – the AlphaBay Market in this case.
Overall, the Dark Web users i.e. the AlphaBay shoppers reported a great satisfaction after being offered an alternative solution in the form of a link that led them to pursue their further endeavors.
The alternative links available on the Dark Web are an expedient and satisfying solution – one that proved, yet again to keep the AlphaBay users happy. It has also been ascertained that no data has been compromised.