Dark Web Investigations: The Last Days of AlphaBay

When: 20th Sep 2017, 18:45 - 20th Sep 2017, 21:15
Where: BDO, Arcadia House, Maritime Walk - Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3TL
Town/City: Southampton
Organiser: Organised by ISACA Winchester Chapter 212 in association with BCS Hampshire Branch & BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group
Price: Free to both ISACA and BCS members; £20 for non-members.
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This event is organised by ISACA Winchester Chapter 212 and offered to BCS members in association with BCS Hampshire Branch and BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group.

Speaker: Andres Baravalle


Within the last few years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to fight against dark web hosted marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of "The Silk Road" by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record.

Alphabay and Hansa have been the largest dark web marketplaces in 2016-2017 and Alphabay has been without doubt the largest dark web marketplace till now.

Our team at UEL, after an in-depth research on Agora in 2015-2016, has turned its eyes on Alphabay. After refining our approach and developing new tools, we have analysed the last weeks of life of Alphabay, before its seizure in July 2017.

The team behind this research included Andres Baravalle, Sin Wee Lee, Simon Delecourt (research intern) and Edouard Donze (research intern). Our team(s) have been investigating the Dark Web since 2015.

About the speaker:

Andres BaravalleAndres Baravalle works in the in the University of East London as Senior Lecturer in Computing. He has been working in academia since 2004 (University of Turin, University of Sheffield, Open University, University of East London), while also working as a contractor in industry.

Andres has been developing in LAMP environments since 1999 and managing development teams since shortly after. In the past years he has been combining his expertise in web technologies with an interest on security and data science.