More Global Marketplace Arrests

Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 11:11 AM gHale

After the seizure of the online drug marketplace Silk Road 2.0, police around the world jumped into action against other suspicious activities on the Tor network.

“On 6 November, law enforcement and judicial agencies around the globe undertook a joint action against dark markets running as hidden services on Tor network. 16 European countries, alongside counterparts from the United States, brought down several marketplaces as part of a unified international action from Europol’s operational coordination centre in The Hague,” the European Union’s law enforcement agency said.

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“Operation Onymous, coordinated by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the FBI, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Eurojust, resulted in 17 arrests of vendors and administrators running these online marketplaces and more than 410 hidden services being taken down.

In addition, bitcoins worth approximately $1 million U.S, 180 000€ in cash, drugs, gold and silver ended up seized, the agency said.

The agency also said the FBI and the U.S. ICE HIS took down the dark market Silk Road 2.0 and they charged a man with operating the marketplace.

Among the online markets taken down were drug markets Cloud 9 and Hydra; contraband markets like Pandora, Blue Sky, Topix, Flugsvamp, Cannabis Road, and Black Market; and money laundering sites like Cash Machine, Cash Flow, Golden Nugget and Fast Cash, reported Andy Greenberg from Wired magazine.

Troels Oerting, head of the European Cybercrime Center, declined to offer more details about how they located where all the sites ended up hosted. “This is something we want to keep for ourselves. The way we do this, we can’t share with the whole world, because we want to do it again and again and again,” he said.

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