BERLIN: A German-led police sting has cut off the “world’s largest” dark net market, which an alleged Australian operator used to facilitate the sale of drugs, stolen credit card data and malware, prosecutors say. Said on Tuesday.
At the time of its closure, Dark market had approximately 500,000 customers and more than 2,400 retailers worldwide, as the corona virus causes the street trade related to epidemic diseases to go online.
A prosecution statement said police in the northern city of Oldenburg had managed to arrest the alleged operator of the Dark Market, the world’s largest illegal market on the Dark Market, over the weekend.
“Investigators were able to close the market and shut down the server on Monday,” he said, calling it the end of a month-long international law enforcement operation.
Prosecutors said about 320,000 transactions were made through the marketplace, including more than 4,650 bitcoins and 12,800 monero.
At current exchange rates, this representation is 140 million euros ($ 170 million).
The market offered “all kinds of drugs” as well as “counterfeit money, stolen and counterfeit credit card data, anonymous SIM cards, malware and more”.
A 34-year-old Australian man believed to be a dark market operator was arrested near the German-Danish border in the same way that more than 20 servers used in Moldova and Ukraine were confiscated. Was
“Investigators expect that the data stored there will lead to new investigations against middlemen, sellers and market buyers,” the prosecution said.
The first suspect was brought before the judge but refused to speak. He was detained before the trial.
The US FBI, DEA Drug Enforcement Division and IRS Tax Authority participated in the investigation with the police in Australia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine and Moldova.
Europol, Europe’s police agency, played a “coordinated role”.
German prosecutors say the dark mark web hosting service emerged during a major investigation into the cyber bunker, located in a former NATO bunker in southwestern Germany.
Three Dutchmen, three Germans and a Bulgarian are believed to have provided the infrastructure for illegal online activities before their arrest in September 2019. He has been on trial in the German city of Trier since last October.
The secret “Dark Net” includes websites that can only be accessed with certain software or permissions, and users cannot be identified.