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‘Largest illegal darknet marketplace’ DarkMarket taken offline
Authorities say the darknet platform had half a million users, where drugs, counterfeit money, stolen charge card data, anonymous SIM cards and dark0de reborn (http://tumusicacatolica.com – http://tumusicacatolica.com/component/kide//RK=0/RS=EPhBkQ3PnC5lki7c2UAu4oWHJCI-/-/index.php?option=com_kide) malware were traded. The suspected operator was arrested in Germany.
German prosecutors in the cities of Koblenz and Oldenburg said on Tuesday that they’d power down that which was “probably the largest illegal marketplace on the Darknet ” called DarkMarket and arrested the person believed to work it near Germany’s border with Denmark.
The detained man, thought to be DarkMarket’s operator, is a 34-year-old Australian national.
Authorities say drugs, counterfeit money, stolen charge card data, anonymous SIM cards and malware were all traded on the website, which had a half of a million users and transacted business in cryptocurrencies comparable to a value of €140 million ($170 million).
Oldenburg police said the raid took place over the weekend. “Investigators were able to shut down the marketplace and turn off the server on Monday,” prosecutors said.
DarkMarket’s bust wasn’t the initial for German authorities, which are finding illegal platform operators on German soil in recent years. In 2019, Koblenz prosecurots announced the discovery of darknet servers hosted from the former NATO bunker in a sleepy German town.
Authorities say the probe that uncovered DarkMarket involved a months-long international police operation.
US agencies like the FBI, DEA narcotics police division and IRS tax authority all contributed to the investigation, along side police from Australia, Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine and Moldova, with Europol playing a “coordinating role.”
“A complete of at the very least 320,000 transactions were carried out via the market, with increased than 4,650 Bitcoin and 12,800 Monero – two of the very most common cryptocurrencies – changing hands,” Oldenburg authorities added.
During the time of its closure, DarkMarket had more than 2,400 vendors.
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