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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 credit card data, anonymous SIM cards and malware were traded. The suspected operator was arrested in Germany.
German prosecutors in the cities of Koblenz and Oldenburg said on Tuesday that they had shut down what was “probably the largest illegal marketplace on the Darknet ” called DarkMarket and arrested the man believed to work it near Germany’s border with Denmark.
The detained man, believed to be DarkMarket’s operator, is really a 34-year-old Australian national.
Authorities say drugs, darkode reborn – https://alliancestake.org/forums/topic/the-dark0de-reborn-mystery-revealed/ counterfeit money, stolen bank card data, anonymous SIM cards and malware were all traded on the website, which had a half a million users and transacted business in cryptocurrencies equal to a benefit of €140 million ($170 million).
Oldenburg police said the raid took place on the weekend. “Investigators were able to turn off the marketplace and turn fully off the server on Monday,” prosecutors said.
DarkMarket’s bust wasn’t the initial for German authorities, which have found 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 force operation.
US agencies such as the FBI, DEA narcotics law enforcement division and IRS tax authority all contributed to the investigation, alongside police from Australia, Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine and Moldova, with Europol playing a “coordinating role.”
“An overall total of at least 320,000 transactions were carried out via the market, with an increase of than 4,650 Bitcoin and 12,800 Monero – two of the most common cryptocurrencies – changing hands,” Oldenburg authorities added.
During the time of its closure, DarkMarket had a lot more than 2,400 vendors.
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