Operation Onymous

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Operation Onymous was an international law enforcement operation targeting darknet markets and other hidden services operating on the Tor network.wikipedia
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Silk Road (marketplace)

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On 5 and 6 November 2014, a number of websites, initially claimed to be over 400, were shut down including drug markets such as Silk Road 2.0, Cloud 9 and Hydra.
It too was shut down, and the alleged operator was arrested on 6 November 2014 as part of the so-called "Operation Onymous".

Darknet market

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Operation Onymous was an international law enforcement operation targeting darknet markets and other hidden services operating on the Tor network.
November 2014 briefly shook the darknet market ecosystem, when Operation Onymous, executed by the United States' FBI and UK's National Crime Agency, led to the seizure of 27 hidden sites, including Silk Road 2.0, one of the largest markets at the time, as well 12 smaller markets and individual vendor sites.

Agora (online marketplace)

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Other leading drug markets in the Deep Web were unaffected, such as Agora, Evolution and Andromeda.
Agora was unaffected by Operation Onymous, the November 2014 seizure of several darknet websites (most notably Silk Road 2.0).

Evolution (marketplace)

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Other leading drug markets in the Deep Web were unaffected, such as Agora, Evolution and Andromeda.
Launched January 14, 2014, it saw rapid growth within its first several months, helped in part by law enforcement seizures of some of its competitors during the six-month-long investigation codenamed Operation Onymous.

Tor (anonymity network)

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Operation Onymous was an international law enforcement operation targeting darknet markets and other hidden services operating on the Tor network.
In November 2014 there was speculation in the aftermath of Operation Onymous that a Tor weakness had been exploited.

Dark web

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Other leading drug markets in the Deep Web were unaffected, such as Agora, Evolution and Andromeda.
There are at least some real and fraudulent websites claiming to be used by ISIL (ISIS), including a fake one seized in Operation Onymous.

Doxbin

If sufficient relay nodes were DDOSed, an attacker could perform traffic confirmation attacks in conjunction with a Sybil attack, by forcing traffic to route over law enforcement controlled nodes, a theory partially supported by logs released by the administrator of Doxbin.
Due to the illegal nature of much of the information it published—such as social security numbers, bank routing information, credit card information, all in plain-text—it was one of many sites seized during Operation Onymous, a multinational police initiative, in November 2014.

Nik Cubrilovic

Australian journalist Nik Cubrilovic claimed to have discovered 276 seized sites, based on a crawl of all onion sites, of which 153 were scam, clone or phishing sites.
In November 2014 his analysis of hidden services seized in Operation Onymous cast doubt on the official figures from law enforcement about the effectiveness of the operation, claiming a 276 services not 400 were seized, and that 153 of those were scam or clone sites.

Money laundering

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Other sites targeted included money laundering sites and "contraband sites".

Contraband

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Other sites targeted included money laundering sites and "contraband sites".

San Francisco

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A 26-year-old software developer was arrested in San Francisco and accused of running Silk Road 2.0 under the pseudonym 'Defcon'.

Bitcoin

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$1 million in Bitcoin was seized, along with €180,000 in cash, gold, silver and drugs.

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$1 million in Bitcoin was seized, along with €180,000 in cash, gold, silver and drugs.

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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A complaint filed on 7 November 2014 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, "seeking the forfeiture of any and all assets of the following dark market websites operating on the Tor network", referred to just 27 sites, fourteen of which were claimed to be drug markets; the others allegedly sold counterfeit currency, forged identity documents or stolen credit cards.

National Crime Agency

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The UK National Crime Agency sent out a tweet mocking Tor users.

Twitter

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The UK National Crime Agency sent out a tweet mocking Tor users.

Europol

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The official Europol press release quoted a US Homeland Security Investigations official, who stated: "Our efforts have disrupted a website that allows illicit black-market activities to evolve and expand, and provides a safe haven for illegal vices, such as weapons distribution, drug trafficking and murder-for-hire."

Press release

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The official Europol press release quoted a US Homeland Security Investigations official, who stated: "Our efforts have disrupted a website that allows illicit black-market activities to evolve and expand, and provides a safe haven for illegal vices, such as weapons distribution, drug trafficking and murder-for-hire."

Contract killing

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Whereas Silk Road did not in fact distribute weapons, or offer contract killings, Evolution did allow trade of weapons as well as drugs.

.onion

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The true figure is thought to be nearer to 27 sites, to which all 414 .onion addresses direct.

CERT Coordination Center

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It has been speculated that hidden services could have been deanonymized if law enforcement replicated the research by CERT at Carnegie Mellon University up until the July 30th patch to mitigate the issue.

Carnegie Mellon University

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It has been speculated that hidden services could have been deanonymized if law enforcement replicated the research by CERT at Carnegie Mellon University up until the July 30th patch to mitigate the issue.

Denial-of-service attack

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If sufficient relay nodes were DDOSed, an attacker could perform traffic confirmation attacks in conjunction with a Sybil attack, by forcing traffic to route over law enforcement controlled nodes, a theory partially supported by logs released by the administrator of Doxbin.

Sybil attack

If sufficient relay nodes were DDOSed, an attacker could perform traffic confirmation attacks in conjunction with a Sybil attack, by forcing traffic to route over law enforcement controlled nodes, a theory partially supported by logs released by the administrator of Doxbin.

United States Department of Justice

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Operator Of "Silk Road 2.0" Website Charged In Manhattan Federal Court, US Department of Justice press release