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Dark web markets boom after AlphaBay and Hansa busts

Trade on several of the dark web’s illegal markets has boomed since two major players were shut by the authorities last month, according to research carried out for the BBC.

The US and Dutch authorities forced AlphaBay and Hansa offline to prevent the sale of drugs, weapons and malware.

But over the last week of July, other sites saw their number of listings rise by as much as 28%, the study indicates.

Sales of some goods do, however, appear to have been reduced.

“There is growing evidence that when one illegal dark web marketplace is closed, the illicit business quickly starts to be redirected to other sites which are still active,” commented Elad Ben-Meir, marketing chief at the Israeli cyber-security firm Cyberint, which carried out the research.

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