The world’s largest illegal market DarkMarket has been disconnected from the Internet thanks to an international police operation involving Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States (DEA, FBI and IRS), translated Europol who coordinated the action.
At the time of its closure, DarkMarket had nearly half a million users and more than 2,400 sellers, as the corona virus pandemic moved a large portion of the street drug trade to the Internet. Drug dealers turned to the dark internet, social networks and home delivery due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
But it’s not just narcotics that are sold at DarkMarket. The site, which enabled more than 320,000 transactions, during which 4,650 bitcoins and 12,800 moners were spent (which is a total of more than 140 million euros), also sold counterfeit banknotes, stolen and false data on payment cards, anonymous SIM cards, malware and much more.
Police in Oldenburg, Germany, arrested a 34-year-old Australian citizen who allegedly ran DarkMarket near the German-Danish border this weekend. The investigation, led by the Cybercrime Unit of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Koblenz, enabled the police to close DarkMarket, turn off the servers and seize the site’s infrastructure – more than 20 servers in Moldova and Ukraine. The saved data will reveal new clues to investigators for further investigation and finding moderators, sellers and buyers from the site.
The arrested Australian was brought before the court, but he defended himself by keeping silent. The court ordered his detention.
German prosecutors said DarkMarket caught attention during an investigation into Cyberbunker, a web hosting service housed in a NATO bunker in southwest Germany.
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