Police in eight countries have arrested 150 people suspected of involvement in buying or selling illegal goods at DarkMarket, once the world’s largest illegal market on the dark web, which is ceased operations in January this year.
During the international police operation called Dark HunTOR, in which nine countries participated, more than 26.7 million euros in cash and virtual currencies were seized, as well as 234 kg of drugs and 45 firearms. Among the seized drugs are 152 kg of amphetamines, 27 kg of opioids and over 25,000 ecstasy tablets.
Police in Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States took part in Operation Dark HunTOR, led by Europol and Eurojust.
Earlier this year, German police arrested a 34-year-old Australian citizen near the German-Danish border who allegedly ran DarkMarket. Police then closed DarkMarket, shut down servers and confiscated the site’s infrastructure – more than 20 servers in Moldova and Ukraine. The preserved data provided investigators around the world with a lot of evidence and new clues for further investigation and finding the moderators, sellers and buyers from the site.
As a result, 150 sellers and buyers from the site were arrested across Europe and the United States. The suspects were arrested in the United States (65), Germany (47), Great Britain (24), Italy (4), the Netherlands (4), France (3), Switzerland (2) and Bulgaria (1).
The investigation is not over yet, and the police are working on identifying several individuals who are behind the DarkMarket account.
As part of this operation, the Italian authorities closed the dark web markets DeepSea and Berlusconi, where there were more than 100,000 ads for the sale of illegal products. Four administrators were arrested, and 3.6 million euros in cryptocurrencies were seized.
“Europol’s EC3 has facilitated the exchange of information within the Joint Working Group on Cybercrime (J-CAT) located at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands,” the statement said. statement for the media published on the Europol website.
Commenting on Operation Dark HunTOR, Europol’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Jean-Philippe Lecouf said: for their illegal activities, even in areas of the dark web. ”
“The FBI continues to identify and bring to justice drug dealers who believe they can hide their illegal activities through Darknet,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Ray.
Dark HunTOR was implemented within EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats), a European security initiative that aims to identify and respond to threats posed by organized international crime.
For those considering buying anonymous goods illegally on the Dark Web, Europol has a message: “Think again, because the dark web is no longer as dark as some criminals would like.”
Europol has warned that the police are now accustomed to working in this area and can apply a wide range of different techniques to identify buyers and sellers of illegal goods.
Buying on the dark web carries great risks. “Customers could get more than what they agreed on. For example, opioids with fentanyl have led to a number of fatal overdoses. There is also no guarantee that someone will get the products or services they bought – scammers lurk around every digital corner, even on the dark web. Devices can be exposed to a range of malware that can destroy customer data. The risk of criminal prosecution is real: using a dark network for criminal activities is a criminal offense and can lead to imprisonment in many countries, “Europol said.
Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.
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