DarkMarket : The Largest Underground Marketplace on Darknet Have Been Taken Down

Law enforcement officials in the cities of Koblenz and Oldenburg, Germany, reported neutralizing "arguably the largest illegal market on the darknet," called DarkMarket. Police also arrested a 34-year-old Australian citizen who allegedly operated the platform.

The site sold illegal substances, counterfeit money, stolen credit card details, anonymous SIM cards, and malware, authorities said. The underground market had half a million users, and earnings reached $ 170 million.

At the time of DarkMarket's closure, more than 2.4 thousand sellers were using the services of the underground market.

The shutdown of DarkMarket was not the first action on the part of the German authorities to fight the underground market. In 2019, Die Landeszentralstelle Cybercrime (Generalstaatsanwaltschaft Koblenz) of the Koblenz Attorney General's Office (Generalstaatsanwaltschaft Koblenz), after years of investigation, neutralized a large hosting network of four dark web marketplaces offering various illegal goods.

DarkMarket MARKETPLACE  Figures:

500 000 users;
more than 2 400 sellers 
over 320 000 transactions
more than 4 650 bitcoin and 12 800 monero transferred

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