The world's largest illegal marketplace Dark Web closed

The world's largest illegal marketplace Dark Web closed

The Dark Web Marketplace, the world's largest black market, has closed. Gizmodo quoted officials as saying that Europol Coordinated International Operations had taken the web platform offline.

The German authorities have arrested an Australian national believed to be the operator of the illegal site. Also, 20 dark web-hosted servers have been seized.

According to Europol, Darkmarket, which had 500,000 users before closing, had a turnover of 320,000. The Dark Web Marketplace was rife with drugs and stolen credit card fraud, as well as malware and viruses.

Europol estimates that the site is currently trading at 140 million euros. Which used to happen in Bitcoin and Monero.

European authorities plan to use a dark market server seized from Ukraine and Moldova to investigate buyers and sellers using the site for criminal transactions.

According to a report in The Guardian, a large investigation into the web hosting company CyberBunker revealed the dark market. The cyber bunker (originally housed in a former NATO bunker) has been used in the past for servers at The Private Bay and WikiLeaks.

If an example from the Dark market case is established, it will also be an important starting point for research on other illegal sites. Wall Street Market is another dark web marketplace.

Which ended similarly during the course of European research. Other sites, such as the Empire Market, have disappeared. Similarly, the Alphabet and The Silk Road have become anonymous years ago after government agencies went on the offensive.