Current Status

Currently Down

Started Operating




Currency Accepted


AlphaBay was a prominent darknet marketplace that operated from 2014 until its takedown by law enforcement in July 2017. The platform quickly gained notoriety for facilitating the sale of a wide range of illicit goods and services, including drugs, counterfeit items, stolen data, and hacking tools. At its peak, AlphaBay was considered the largest and most influential darknet market, boasting tens of thousands of active listings and a user base that spanned the globe. The marketplace facilitated anonymous transactions through the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Monero, and Ethereum, making it difficult for authorities to trace the parties involved in the trades. The takedown of AlphaBay was a result of a coordinated international effort by law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and Europol. The operation led to the arrest of the site’s alleged founder, Alexandre Cazes, who was later found dead in a Thai prison from an apparent suicide. The seizure of AlphaBay’s servers and assets marked a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against darknet marketplaces and the illegal activities they enable. Despite the takedown, new darknet markets continue to emerge and evolve, demonstrating the resilience of this underground ecosystem and the challenges that law enforcement agencies face in trying to dismantle them.