Representations of virtual currency Bitcoin and euro banknotes are seen successful this representation illustration connected Jan. 27, 2020. (Dado Ruvic//Reuters)
THE HAGUE—At slightest 150 radical person been arrested by European and U.S. authorities aft a associated crackdown connected traders of drugs, weapons, and different illicit goods connected darknet e-commerce sites, Dutch media reported Tuesday citing constabulary bureau Europol.
Cash and cryptocurrency worthy 26.7 cardinal euros ($31 million) and 234 kilograms of drugs were besides seized, according to Dutch broadcaster KRO-NRCV.
“This cognition proves that we tin scope [criminals connected the acheronian web] adjacent if they deliberation they are hiding somewhere, they cannot beryllium definite we won’t beryllium determination astatine 1 infinitesimal to sound connected their door,” Europol’s Deputy Executive Director of Operations Jean-Philippe Lecouffe told the broadcaster.
Europol would not remark connected the report, but referred to a property league acceptable for 10 a.m. section clip successful Washington with the Department of Justice.
According to the Dutch media 65 U.S. nationals were arrested, on with 47 Germans, 24 Brits, and a fistful of Dutch, French, Swiss, and Bulgarian nationals.
The cognition focused connected sellers and buyers connected the darknet alternatively than the radical moving the sites arsenic successful earlier crackdowns.
Darknet markets are e-commerce sites designed to prevarication beyond the scope of regular hunt engines. They are fashionable with criminals, arsenic buyers and sellers are mostly untraceable.
In January this year, Europol announced it had taken down an online marketplace called “DarkMarket” that sold illegal drugs successful an cognition led by German instrumentality enforcement agencies.
By Stephanie van den Berg