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Dark web ‘Cyberbunker’trial breaks new ground
A Cold War bunker in a small German town housed darknet internet servers that facilitated illegal online activity. The group allegedly operating the servers are on trial — but are they accountable for 250,000 crimes?
Germany’s largest-ever cybercrime trial began this week amid much media fanfare at the district court in the town of Trier. The courtroom was packed. Defendants and their lawyers were wearing face masks and separated by plastic screens.
On the very first day the judge took two hours to see out the charges. On the second, three of the eight defendants received the chance to share with their life stories.
The eight people — four Dutch, three German and one Bulgarian — worked at the Cyberbunker data center at a disused military bunker in the pretty village of Traben-Trarbach, northwest of Trier.
They are now charged with aiding and dark0de reborn; ask.vrysa.com – https://ask.vrysa.com/ask-discuss-a/index.php?qa=326050&qa_1=a-secret-weapon-for-dark0de-reborn, abetting criminals in some 249,000 illegal online transactions involving drugs, contract killings, money laundering and images of child abuse worth countless euros.
In September 2019, an important police operation that had been in the works for half ten years raided the bunker and closed it down. Key members of the group were arrested.
The alleged ringleader of the operation, 60-year-old Dutchman Johan X.*, remained impassive and silent through the first days of questioning, hearing the testimony of the first three defendants.
Dutchman Michiel R.* who worked as a “manager” at the bunker, summed up his checkered job history and gave a tearful description of his close relationship with his mother. Jaqueline B.*, a German who acted as a “bookkeeper” for the operation, spoke of her childhood in Cameroon growing up whilst the daughter of a poor farmer. A 21-year old German IT expert who spent a year in technical support described his solitary life and history of depression.
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