"AlphaBay and Hansa Market were successors to the first and most famous market operating on the so-called dark net, Silk Road, which the authorities took down in October 2013.2 Leading Online Black Markets Are Shut Down by Authorities - The New York Times
AlphaBay grew into a business with 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors — or 10 times the size of Silk Road — the Justice Department said Thursday.
The site recently come under scrutiny because many of its vendors sell synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, which play a central role in the nationwide overdose epidemic."
Friday, July 21, 2017
2 Leading Online Black Markets Are Shut Down by Authorities - The New York Times
Also see On Reddit, Intimate Glimpses of Addicts in Thrall to Opioids (NYT)