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Darknet Big Darkmarket Shut Down, Alleged Operator Arrested

01/13/2021
Darknet Giant Darkmarket Shut Down, Alleged Operator Arrested

The authorities in seven international locations and Europol have collectively taken down Darkmarket, one of many largest darknet marketplaces. The motion was taken after {the marketplace}’s alleged operator was arrested in Germany.

Authorities Shut Down Darkmarket

Europol introduced Tuesday that darknet market Darkmarket has been taken down. The announcement particulars:

Darkmarket, the world’s largest unlawful market on the darkish internet, has been taken offline in a world operation involving Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the UK (the Nationwide Crime Company), and the USA (DEA, FBI, and IRS).

In line with Europol, Darkmarket had virtually 500,000 customers and greater than 2,400 sellers. It had over 320,000 transactions, with “greater than 4,650 bitcoin and 12,800 monero transferred.”

“On the present fee, this corresponds to a sum of greater than €140 million [$171 million],” Europol wrote. “The distributors on {the marketplace} primarily traded every kind of medicine and offered counterfeit cash, stolen or counterfeit bank card particulars, nameless SIM playing cards and malware.”

Alleged Operator Arrested

Darkmarket’s alleged operator was arrested over the weekend by the Central Prison Investigation Division within the German metropolis of Oldenburg, close to the German-Danish border.

Officers of the cybercrime unit of the Koblenz Public Prosecutor’s Workplace positioned and closed down {the marketplace}. They switched off {the marketplace}’s servers and seized “the legal infrastructure – greater than 20 servers in Moldova and Ukraine supported by the German Federal Prison Police Workplace (BKA).” Europol added:

The saved knowledge will give investigators new results in additional examine moderators, sellers, and consumers.

Europol not too long ago shut down one other main darknet market. In collaboration with Finnish Customs (Tulli), the authorities shut down the Sipulimarket darknet market in December and seized its bitcoin.

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