Last week’s takedown of Silk Road 2.0 wasn’t the only law enforcement strike on "darknet" illicit websites being concealed by the Tor Project’s network of anonymizing routers. A total of 410 .onion pages on at least 27 different sites, some of which sell everything from drugs to murder-for-hire assassins, were shut down as part of Operation Onymous—a joint operation between16 member nations of Europol, the FBI, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
While 17 arrests were made, some operators of sites taken down by the worldwide sweep remain at large. One of them—the co-operator of Doxbin, a site that allowed others to post personal identifying information frequently used for intimidation, identity theft, or other malicious purposes—has shared details of his site’s takedown with Tor developers in hopes they’ll find ways to protect other users of the network. An apparent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Doxbin may have been used to uncover its actual location, and the same approach may have been used to expose other darknet servers seized by law enforcement.