Germany blocks the largest darknet marketplace. Some of its servers were located in Ukraine
German law enforcement authorities have blocked DarkMarket, the largest darknet marketplace. The investigation revealed that it had servers in Ukraine and Moldova. This is announced on the website of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Koblenz, reported by Liga.net.
- According to the report of investigators, the DarkMarket platform had 500,000 users and 2,400 sellers. In particular, it was used to sell illicit substances, counterfeit money, stolen credit card data, anonymous SIM cards, and malware.
- It is said that during the operation of DarkMarket, at least 320,000 trade deals were made, and more than 4,650 Bitcoins and 1,800 XMR (that is over $170 million at the current exchange rate) were transferred.
- During the investigation, German authorities arrested the network’s operator, a 34-year-old Australian. More than 20 servers were confiscated in Ukraine and Moldova.
- German investigative authorities cooperated with government agencies in the United States, Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Moldova. Europol We supported the takedown with operational analysis and coordination.