Dark web master thwarted by love of cash and bling

Users of AlphaBay, the dark net marketplace selling everything from heroin to stolen identities, first started to suspect on the evening of July 4 that there was something awry.

The encrypted site, which operates through the Tor network and dispatches contraband through the post, had gone down unexpectedly, locking its 200,000 users from their accounts, which collectively held millions of dollars worth of crypto currency.

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