150 people arrested in global operation against the dark web

Dark Web

“This operation, called Dark HunTOR, was made up of a series of separate but complementary actions in Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States,” Europol said on Tuesday (10/26/2021). ) it’s a statement.

In the United States alone, some 65 people were arrested, while 47 were detained in Germany, 24 in Great Britain and four in Italy and the Netherlands, among others.

Some of the detainees “were considered targets of great value” by Europol.

Agents also seized 26.7 million euros ($31 million) in cash and virtual currencies, as well as 45 pistols and 234 kilograms of drugs, including 25,000 ecstasy pills.

This action followed a German-led police raid earlier this year, which shut down the “world’s largest” darknet market.

The Italian police also closed the “DeepSea” and “Berlusconi” markets, “which together had more than 100,000 advertisements for illegal products,” said Europol, which coordinated the operation with its sister judicial agency Eurojust.

“The goal of operations like this is to warn criminals operating on the dark web that the law enforcement community has the means and global partners to expose them and hold them accountable for their illegal activities, including in areas of the dark web,” he said. Europol’s Deputy Director of Operations, Jean-Philippe Lecouffe.

In January, the German police closed the online marketplace “DarkMarket”, used by its supposed operator, an Australian, to facilitate the sale of drugs, stolen credit card data and malware.