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.
Already 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Market says they don’t know whether it’s factual or not but users should avoid panicking since the affected party is no longer active on the site.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.
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.