The police have just dealt a new blow against the bosses of the Dark Web, by disconnecting DarkMarket, one of the most important current market places. The operation was led by the prosecutor’s office in Koblenz (Germany) and coordinated by Europol with six other countries: Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The alleged administrator of the site, a 34-year-old Australian citizen, was arrested at the German-Danish border last Monday. At the same time, more than twenty servers located in Ukraine and Moldova were dismantled and seized.
According to law enforcement, DarkMarket had more than 500,000 buyers and more than 2,400 sellers. It would have enabled more than 320,000 transactions to be carried out for a total amount of 4,650 bitcoins and 12,800 moneros. Or the equivalent of around 140 million euros.
There was a bit of everything there: drugs, counterfeit banknotes, stolen or cloned bank cards, anonymous SIM cards, malware, etc.
The DeepWebFeed site, for its part, ranked this site in 6th position and highlighted the impressive size of its offer (16,298 references). Users are now at risk for a few cold sweats as investigators go through server data to identify buyers, sellers, and moderators.
The DarkMarket investigation started in 2019, with the dismantling of CyberBunker, a famous hosting platform located in Germany that provided its services to numerous cybercriminals, including those of DarkMarket.
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