Deep Web Marketplace AlphaBay Targeted By Phishing Campaign

Deep web marketplace enthusiasts were in a slight state of panic earlier today, as AlphaBay had temporarily disabled the login system. Users were greeted with a message saying how they had been disconnected due to security reasons. As it turns out, the issue has been resolved rather quickly.

AlphaBay Logins Disabled During Server Updates

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The reason for AlphaBay users being unable to log in was due to some server updates which have been implemented by the team. By the look of things, this was an unannounced update, and a fair few deep web enthusiasts were concerned the platform had disappeared once again.

It took slightly under 24 hours before users were able to log into the deep web marketplace once again. The platform owners had to undertake action against a concentrated phishing attack taking place on the forums. It is always best to nip those issues in the bud as soon as possible and avoid potential breaches.

Albeit the phishing email contained a fair amount of spelling errors, it is evident somebody wanted to obtain login details to access the marketplace. Keeping in mind how these platforms are usually used to buy and sell illegal goods and services, it is not unthinkable somebody wanted to defraud users who pay in Bitcoin.

The deep web has a habit of attracting the “wrong crowd” on the Internet. However, it is rather unusual to see people deliberately phishing these types of platforms. Moreover, it may not be the best idea to go after marketplaces such as AlphaBay, as there are far too many tech-savvy people on the deep web to fall for these obvious phishing attempts.

At the time of writing, it was unclear as to which security updates the AlphaBay team had implemented. It is possible their database has been compromised somehow, although that should not be possible since their previous security update. Then again, no software solution is ever 100% foolproof.

Source: Deep Dot Web

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