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Authorities Seize Hacked Server Marketplace


xDedic was detailed in June 2016, when it was selling access to over 176,000 unique hacked servers around the world. Active since around 2014, the website almost immediately turned to the Tor network to keep its operators hidden from security researchers and law enforcement.

Despite that, however, authorities in the United States, Belgium and Ukraine, in collaboration with the European law enforcement agency Europol, managed to seize the shady marketplace on January 24, effectively ceasing its operation.

xDedic used a widely distributed network to keep the location of its underlying servers hidden, and also used the virtual currency Bitcoin to maintain anonymity for its administrators, buyers, and sellers.

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