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Europol shuts down the world's largest dark web marketplace

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The world’s largest illegal dark web marketplace has been taken offline in an international police operation involving Europol, the UK’s National Crime Agency, and officials from the US. The marketplace, known as DarkMarket, had almost 500,000 users, more than 2,400 sellers and had facilitated over 320,000 transactions.

Altogether, DarkMarket users have been involved in cryptocurrency transfers, usually in bitcoin or monero, worth more than $170 million at current exchange rates. The types of goods being sold included drugs, counterfeit money, stolen credit card details, and malware.

The investigation that led to the closure of DarkMarket escalated last weekend after the Criminal Investigation Department in Oldenburg, Germany, arrested an Australian citizen believed to be the operator of the dark web marketplace. Investigators were subsequently able to locate the physical location of the servers running the operation and shut them down.

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