The biggest unlawful bazaar on the worldwide darkish net, likened to an eBay for criminals, has been shut down after its alleged mastermind was arrested in Germany.
Darkmarket had greater than half one million customers and a pair of,500 distributors exchanging illicit items reminiscent of medicine, stolen bank card particulars, counterfeit cash and hacking instruments.
It was taken offline on Tuesday because the Australian man believed to be its ringleader — recognized as Julian Ok, 34 — was caught whereas trying to cross the border from Denmark.
Greater than 20 of its pc servers, based mostly in Ukraine and Moldova, had been additionally confiscated in an operation involving the German police, the FBI and Scotland Yard.
The web site had existed on the “darkish” part of the web, accessible solely