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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 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 the thing that was “probably the biggest illegal marketplace on the Darknet ” called DarkMarket and arrested the person believed to operate it near Germany’s border with Denmark.
The detained man, believed to be DarkMarket’s operator, is a 34-year-old Australian national.
Authorities say drugs, counterfeit money, stolen bank card data, anonymous SIM cards and malware were all traded on the site, which had a half a million users and transacted business in cryptocurrencies equivalent to a price of €140 million ($170 million).
Oldenburg police said the raid took place over the weekend. “Investigators could turn off the marketplace and turn fully off the server on Monday,” prosecutors said.
DarkMarket’s bust wasn’t the first for German authorities, which have discovered illegal platform operators on German soil in recent years. In 2019, darkode market (http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp – http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~nyoriko/cgi/g_book.cgi/q,cspan.co.uk/stats/REFERRER.html) Koblenz prosecurots announced the discovery of darknet servers hosted from a 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 just like 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.”
“A complete of at least 320,000 transactions were carried out via industry, with an increase of than 4,650 Bitcoin and 12,800 Monero – two of the very common cryptocurrencies – changing hands,” Oldenburg authorities added.
During the time of its closure, DarkMarket had more than 2,400 vendors.
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