A report by the Federal Criminal Police Office states: The “server infrastructure located in Germany” has been secured. The largest Darknet marketplace in the world was officially shut down.
The public prosecutor’s office and the BKA were involved in the huge blow. These have at shutdown Bitcoins worth the equivalent of around 23 million euros secured.
The Russian-language online platform has been an online marketplace on the dark web since 2015 at the latest, with around 17 million customers and more than 19,000 seller accounts. There is a concrete suspicion of the commercial operation of criminal trading platforms on the Internet, as well as commercial money laundering and unauthorized dispensing of narcotics. Sales are estimated at at least 1.13 billion euros in 2020 alone.
The BKA has been investigating the dark web giant since August 2021. Several US authorities were also involved in the extensive investigations.