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Europol: 150 Vendors Arrested in operation “Dark HunTOR”

As part of an international operation called Dark HunTOR, law enforcement arrested the administrators of Deep Sea Market, Berlusconi Market, and 150 vendors.

This will surely produce countless news articles in the future. Interesting how quickly they caught the administrators of DeepSea. The Italian Guardia di Finanza launched an investigation into the DeepSea suspects in July 2020, according to their own announcement.

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Announcement from Europol:

Police forces across the world have arrested 150 alleged suspects involved in buying or selling illicit goods on the dark web as part of a coordinated international operation involving nine countries.

More than €26.7 million (USD 31 million) in cash and virtual currencies have been seized in this operation, as well as 234 kg of drugs and 45 firearms. The seized drugs include 152 kg of amphetamine, 27 kg of opioids and over 25 000 ecstasy pills.

This operation, known as Dark HunTOR, was composed of a series of separate but complementary actions in Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, with coordination efforts led by Europol and Eurojust.

Operation Dark HunTOR stems from the takedown earlier this year of DarkMarket, the world’s then-largest illegal marketplace on the dark web. At the time, German authorities arrested the marketplace’s alleged operator and seized the criminal infrastructure, providing investigators across the world with a trove of evidence. Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) has since been compiling intelligence packages to identify the key targets.

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As a result, 150 vendors and buyers who engaged in tens of thousands of sales of illicit goods were arrested across Europe and the United States. A number of these suspects were considered as High-Value Targets by Europol.

These arrests took place in the United States (65), Germany (47), the United Kingdom (24), Italy (4), the Netherlands (4), France (3), Switzerland (2) and Bulgaria (1). A number of investigations are still ongoing to identify additional individuals behind dark web accounts.

In the framework of this operation the Italian authorities also shut down the DeepSea and Berlusconi dark web marketplaces, which together boasted over 100 000 announcements of illegal products. Four administrators were arrested, and €3.6 million in cryptocurrencies seized.

Might have buried the lede a bit by highlighting the vendor arrests instead of the DeepSea bust.

Guardia di Finanza:

The investigation, launched in July 2020, made it possible to identify in the province of Modena a subject active in the recycling of cryptocurrencies as well as the creator and creator of a Black Market of the Dark Web, called DeepSea, and to bring him under arrest together to another subject.

During the operation, Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR) were also seized, for a value of approximately 3.6 million euros, n. 3 luxury cars for about 370,000 Euros, n. 9 branded watches for around 90,000 euros, as well as various computer devices used to commit the crimes.

The personal computers, notebooks and smartphones seized during the operation were examined according to the best forensic analysis techniques to reconstruct both the illegal activities carried out through the Black Market and the movements of virtual currency connected to illegal exchanges made with the platform. Bitcoins and Monero are in fact the virtual currencies very widespread in the world of illegality connected to illicit trafficking in the Dark Web and to the activities of laundering “dirty money”, activities capable of making earnings of thousands of euros per month.

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Anyone claiming to be a vendor is either a scammer or a fed. Click links at your own risk.
Prison is real
b90d4e80 Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Wow, fucking major take down. How on earth did they compromise two markets on the same projects. Using Facebook email to setup some nice for server accounts. Where were the servers? Did they really catch the admins? How long were they in control of the servers? Just because they physically compromised the servers doesn’t at all mean a good admin is caught. A hacker, two markets and 150 vendors or so all hitting the papers this week.

-Quietly bangs head against wall

Silent
602bbe30 Tue, Oct 26, 2021

So more like, we don’t know we’re the servers are because the creators got away. Creators don’t really get caught anymore… for sure we can put some confidence in the powers that be both the good and bad… Silent

PettyBourgeoisie
fea2ed70 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

So if curious why DNL exists, they want y'all street trash lower class types, the easiest to bust and prosecute, to move your money in panic on the various, very very public blockchains. Justice comes now or in a decade, the charges will be the same, and we do enjoy watching people like yourselves think you are special, then rat on your crew. Snitches get stitches or in the case of Brazil, publicly executed with a tire.

Crazy
64d8f6c0 Tue, Oct 26, 2021

No way Deep Sea made 3.5 mil in the time the market was up they already had that money from somewhere else a market before hand could it be a Berlusconic operator thought they got away and they traced their coins to setting up DS?

Hah
65dcc370 Tue, Oct 26, 2021

No way man, they made way fucking more 12

FUCKANTIFA
29fd5d10 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

These arrests took place in the United States (65), Germany (47), the United Kingdom (24), Italy (4), the Netherlands (4), France (3), Switzerland (2) and Bulgaria (1).

All NATO members.

Jew States of ‘Murica strikes again!~ Team America WORLD POLICE fuck ya!
JewYork orange man bad! So lets vote in more swamp members! yay! some purple hair kike bitches who can’t get laid are rejoicing Република България just a puppet of the kike elite who control the west.

greg
a13fdd70 Mon, Nov 1, 2021

hates Jews but supports someone who support iseral

I’m just saying

12109a830912as2a
e7d27870 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Secretary Lloyd Austin! YOU MUST END THIS MADNESS. SUPPLYING TERRORISM MARKAROVA WITH AMERICAN WEAPONS WILL END IN WAR. Ukraine's accession to NATO would be an extremely dangerous step. REAL AMERICANS YOU MUST RISE UP

Tweaker_n_30005
66e15700 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

152 kg of meth that won't make it to your pipe. What a waste.

Chump change
49339c10 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

So basically the equivalent of one of those cartel “submarines” getting busted… way to go LE

Alias
3afa1080 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

152 kg of amphetamine, not 152 kg of methamphetamine. That was in Europe, guaranteed.

SnakeD
cc3ec140 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

DeepSea and Berlusconi were shyte markets. Cybercrimes on the rise, good work guys. Thank you all for participating in the greatest experiment known to man.

yaybae
5563fdd0 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

wow what happen to darkmarket are they the same admin dnl

Alias
077fda40 Wed, Oct 27, 2021

I find it very annoying that they give absolutly no details about what happened.

Who was arrested exactly? Where any of the arrests recent? How many did they arrest in the last month or the last three months? How many of these 150 people were vendors? How many were buyers? Who were the people they arrested and in which countries were they arrested? Is this just a look back over this operation’s outcome because it recently ended?

Tweaker_n_30005
4e0940f0 Thu, Oct 28, 2021

... Then, 152 kg of speed that won't make it into your nose ?

Alias
61220d40 Fri, Oct 29, 2021

… Then, 152 kg of speed that won’t make it into your nose ?

Yes. :'(

DFSEG
c3c9b590 Thu, Oct 28, 2021

hope my vendors are ok, cant live on in abstinence :(

Nikto
0ab343a0 Thu, Oct 28, 2021

When you consider the thousands of investigators in nine states, including three continents, the number of 150 arrests is ridiculous. If you then consider how many buyers and sellers Berlusconi, DarkMarket and Deepsea Market had, you realize how inflated the whole “Operation HunTOR” is.

Somehow you have to justify the millions of tax dollars that are wasted on a pathetic “war on drugs”. Anyone who adheres to the basic principles of TOR and encryption and knows how to use crytocurrency securely should have nothing to fear.

However, when I read that German authorities use confiscated Bitcoins from Darknet to do auctions and 1 Bitcoin was sold for € 75,000, that’s disgusting. It is and remains, illegal money and the cops earn rich with “dirty money”. What a wrong concept of moral…

I know that DutchMagic and Sakhara were arrested….

whocares
1bd92ed0 Wed, Nov 3, 2021

These operations only exists because it cuts into their profits. They are kingpins all on their own.

torhunter
599be660 Fri, Oct 29, 2021

lol so criminal with badges hit at the criminals without badges and you pay for the view. What's new ?

8978997ca978s8s8
c9f7f2f0 Mon, Nov 1, 2021

Expansion of NATO military infrastructure on Ukrainian territory represents a red line we hope not to cross. You must tell you government NOW to withdraw. Escalation immediate action required. Emergency Action Notification. US Navy MUST withdraw from Ukraine. Immediate consequences if not resolved.

Mario
f2447bf0 Tue, Nov 9, 2021

I was born in USSR Ukraine was indistinguishable part of Russian empire then USSR. Now we people who live in Ukraine are brainwashed that Russian people are our enemies. WE ARE RUSSIANS! Now you can't speak normally Russia language in Ukraine. Im afraid there will be a civil war in the Ukraine. They say Donbas are terrorists no they are people who stood up against tyranny. God save people who are in Ukraine. We being brainwashed and make fight each other. For USA government Ukraine is cannon fodder to fight Russia. God save us. I don't want our country to become another Syria. I have parents here who can't live Ukraine. Lucky people who are in Crimea. they have normal pensions , cheap gas , and better health care. And we are Ukrainians are cannon fodder for USA. i am scared what is going to come next.

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c32d0450 Fri, Nov 19, 2021

We need 100% decentralized marketplace ASAP. Something like OpenBazaar.

CharlesBronson
56d0bd10 Mon, Nov 22, 2021

They’re doing the same brainwashing over here in the USA with the “woke” cancel culture, and the phony posturing on racial issues that have been inflamed by the bought and paid for media. Pitting black against white, and reacting like children every time a black person is convicted of a crime. Did they every think maybe some of them are actually criminals?

But whoever it is, it’s not any American. If I had to guess, what’s going on is all a result of George Soros and his many “organizations” when all he’s interested in is currency manipulation, so he’s poised to make more millions, and for some reason has an unrealistic hatred of the US.

You KNOW Biden’s on the take with just about every one of our enemies. Look at son Hunter. Oh that’s right the complicit press is burying that story.

Am I the only one who misses our energy independence, however short lived it was?

Don’t get me started.

But Mario, I think the same people turning your fellow country-persons against one another are the same ones behind the phony BLM movement. An obvious front for leftist extremists.

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