After a 10-month investigation into the largest illegal dark web market called “Dark HunTor,” 150 alleged drug sellers and buyers were arrested.
The Verge reports that the closure of DarkMarket’s largest illegal dark web market resulted in the arrest of 150 alleged drug sellers and buyers. The website boasted about 500,000 users and enabled about 320,000 transactions, reports Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency. Items sold in the market included malware, stolen credit card information, weapons and drugs.
DOJ and Europol have teamed up to destroy DarkMarket in an operation called “Dark HunTor”. There were a total of 65 US arrests, a total of 47 German arrests, 24 in the United Kingdom, 4 in Italy, 4 in the Netherlands, 3 in France, 2 in Switzerland and 1 in Bulgaria. $ 31.6 million in cash and cryptocurrencies were seized in the operation. 45 pieces of firearms and about 234 kilograms of drugs such as cocaine, opioids, amphetamine, MDMA and fentanyl.
As part of the operation, the Italian authorities successfully closed two more dark online markets, DeepSea and Berlusconi. Four alleged website administrators were arrested along with $ 4.17 million in cryptocurrency.
While the dark web was once considered relatively safe for drug traffickers, international operations such as Dark HunTor have experienced arrests and market closures. In recent years, all markets such as Dream, WallStreet, White House, DeepSea and Dark Market have been closed.
Deputy Executive Director of Europol Jean-Philippe Lecouffe v press release: “The essence of operations like today ‘s is to warn criminals operating on the dark web: the law enforcement community has the resources and global partnerships to expose them and hold them accountable for their illegal activities, even in dark areas. . “
Read more at Verge here.