German investigators shut down massive darknet market

BERLIN — German prosecutors mentioned Tuesday that they’ve taken down what they consider was the most important unlawful market on the darknet and arrested its suspected operator.

The location, often known as DarkMarket, was shut down on Monday, prosecutors within the southwestern metropolis of Koblenz mentioned. All kinds of medication, solid cash, stolen or solid bank cards, nameless cell phone SIM playing cards and malware have been among the many issues provided on the market there, they added.

German investigators have been assisted of their months-long probe by U.S. authorities and by Australian, British, Danish, Swiss, Ukrainian and Moldovan police.

had practically 500,000 customers and greater than 2,400 distributors, prosecutors mentioned. They added that it processed greater than 320,000 transactions, and Bitcoin and Monero cryptocurrency to the worth of greater than $170 million have been exchanged.

The darknet is part of the net accessible solely with specialised identity-cloaking instruments.

The suspected operator, a 34-year-old Australian man, was arrested close to the German-Danish border. Prosecutors mentioned a choose has ordered him held in custody pending attainable formal expenses, and he hasn’t given any info to investigators.

Greater than 20 servers in Moldova and Ukraine have been seized, German prosecutors mentioned. They hope to search out info on these servers about different individuals within the market.