German Authorities Seized Kingdom Market

~2 min read | Published on 2023-12-21, tagged ArrestedDarkweb-MarketSeizedadmin using 293 words.

An international operation led by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the internet-crime combating unit of Frankfurt (ZIT) has resulted in the seizure of Kingdom Market and the arrest of a suspected admin.

Seizure banner displayed on Kingdom Market


The BKA confirmed the takedown of Kingdom Market via a press release on December 20, 2023. The seizure of the market server infrastructure began on December 16 and included LE agencies from the USA, Switzerland, Moldova, and Ukraine.
Kingdom Market was launched in March 2021 and allowed its users to buy or sell, illicit drugs, fake documents, stolen information, and other goods and services.
The BKA said that at the time of the takedown, the market had over 42,000 listings.
In addition to placing a seizure banner on Kingdom Market's home page, LE used the market's PGP key to make a post on the Dread, taunting its users.


US authorities arrested Alan Bill, a Slovakian they linked to the aliases "Vend0r" and "KingdomOfficial". Vend0r created Kingdom Market's official subdread.
The investigators traced crypto sent from Kingdom's wallet to Bill's accounts on undisclosed exchanges. The IP address used to access the accounts had also been used to access the market's Reddit account.
A search of Bill's Google account resulted in the discovery of passwords and seed phrases for multiple cryptocurrency wallets. One of the wallets had received approximately $4,590 in bitcoin from Kingdom's wallet. The Bitcoin was then sent to an account under Bill's name on an undisclosed exchange.
In Bill's email account, the investigators found several files containing the word "Vend0r." They also found a video that showed someone accessing the market's back end.
Bill was arrested on December 15.
The BKA revealed that the analysis of the data acquired from the market's servers and investigations to identify Bill's partners are ongoing.

Comments (36)


dalidali112023-12-22
b23e03b4

shit shit shit 🙂

karol2023-12-31
c1711037

bro is deep web

mossimo2024-01-21
f3bb0d07

When did they Crack PGP? Am i that far behind? Lol

Cowpigduck2024-01-22
d2e72901

PGP was not cracked. What makes you think so, according to the article? They were able to create and sign the dread post because of the guy's bad opsec. Did you read the article? He did everything wrong that you can do wrong

ThatGuy2023-12-22
6fcca24a

Do people actually buy stuff from kingdom? Anybody know if kingdom market was actually getting sales on the site. Pretty much all of the "42,000" lisings seemed to be without any reviews or sales, appart form only like 2 dozens. I feel like the site was almost entirely empty.

Peter Lustig2023-12-22
799c0f00

Again someone got busted for Alpha02 levels of being criminally neglective of their OpSec, InfoSec, ComSec & ITsec. What an idiot...

Mrvmp2023-12-22
e4f82bc9

too late, :|

Quest Ion2023-12-22
21392269

Does that mean Reddit is cooperating with LE?

Ans Wer2024-01-07
38e6096a

What were you expecting?

jodi_ihs2024-01-10
d9ac1c7e

yeah reddit and other companies actually give their data s in these matters

ksimzzm2023-12-22
a97ee77e

This is a damn hell of a story

nooc2023-12-22
f3fce132

the dread post is fucking hilarious

THEoneyeshim2023-12-23
5dd74464

> innovative investigation strategies > A specific IP address (“IP ADDRESS 1”) that was used to access a Kingdom Reddit account was also used to access BILL’s cryptocurrency accounts, his email address, and to apply for an ESTA application for BILL. > BILL had large unexplained deposits of Euro into his Slovakian bank accounts totaling approximately €189,000. Many of these deposits were made in cash. > BILL’s email account has several saved images, videos and files that contain the word “Vend0r.” Vend0r is the username of the individual who created the Kingdom subdread on Dread. > BILL’s email account has a saved video file that shows an individual accessing the back end administrative functions of Kingdom, including to address customer disputes and tickets. wew donut faggots, you literally caught a freaking mastermind there. HOW??? literally shaking counting my cash here rn.

Archetyp 2023-12-23
c516622e

Archetyp is next ;)

ihatecops2023-12-24
a08fece4

FUcking cops, Go run after CP contents or corruption ! Fucking waste of time !

type2023-12-30
319253da

Go run after YOU or corruption......

mauz2024-01-17
e6cbedc0

hell yeah u right

daliano.luis2023-12-24
85285d0a

does it mean that they have the data of everyone that ordered in the last few weeks

odly2023-12-25
efc84f8b

Bitcoin again is the deciding factor..

gugahuni2023-12-26
97659dbe

Damn that guy was weak. Using google a accout?? Fed managed to access his email and also tracing back crypto transactions?? Deserved.

Godhatesfeds2023-12-28
031c63e1

Fuck you feds

The King2023-12-28
bc1a580b

RIP Kingdom Market! Hopefully we'll get a good replacement at some point

Dick2023-12-28
bc1acb6e

what a pity !!!

Common fucking sense2023-12-28
dca1e458

Dude stored BTC private keys in Gmail account, owned by a literal spy company, LOL. SHUM (should have used Monero)! And a private email, and compartmentalization, and basic physical OPSEC, and hire someone else to do and clearnet posts, and…

pedoguy2023-12-31
cc68f502

yes, good, finally good news! All junkies and their supporters must be executed by stoning them to death!

Patient2024-01-03
987892fe

They are probably all stoned 24/7

skibup2024-01-07
463a60b8

... coming from "pedoguy". You deserve so much worse than being stoned to death haha

Patient2024-01-03
60448ddc

My only reason for coming to the darknet is darknetlive. I pray for more quick takedowns so i can visit more often. Right now the sites update their news kinda slow which make sense, they can't report takedowns that do not happen, luckily i'm patient.

Fixed2024-01-05
609d1047

Yo boys we're in this together, this is why I stay away from markets, who knows who they're going after after this seize. If you're looking for cc's / Fullz / carding manuals contact earrlth protonmail com and tell him fixed referred you. He may or may not respond because he's private now but he used to be on empire market. Tell him fixed sent you so I can get that referral bonus. Also, the manual includes how to NOT end up like these guys and avoid stupid mistakes. Good luck boys lets get this bag

4inlv2024-01-05
ce5b084b

Are these market run by retards and or inexperience adolescence adult. Even there are vendors that been doing this for 10 years still haven't got caught. Sending BTC from exchange to DN or DN to exchange has been establish is a no and dying to get caught. These people shouldn't be opening DN market, might as well just walk right into jail.

Journalist2024-01-05
0d24f575

This site censors anything negative about the feds so it's literally a fed operation. It doesn't matter if the owner isn't fed, censoring on behalf of the feds is still a fed operation. If I want to post negative things about the feds then I'll have to post on Facebook, Google, or Twitter where the courts have barred the feds from engaging in North Korean style censorship.

Prodigy2024-01-05
7c16cfcd

These market admin are retards. Can't even follow good opsec. Some vendors been doing this for 10 years still havn't got caught. These people shouldn't be in the business of operating a Darknet market. They seem like retard kids, or one of those self identifying alphabet army retard fucks.

somecamerunning2024-01-06
58488f80

For those thinking of using Abacus market they're scamming their customers by fake deposit addresses, you've been warned!

protonguy2024-01-07
a01c5e81

AT LEAST a protonmail email instead of a ggle email *facepalm* instead of btc he should have used xmr ........

meandyou2024-01-07
cdeb7f8d

its a fake...

CyrusOfAether2024-01-14
e714d65f

They violated a very important rule of the dark web: Don't be a fucking fucktard.