Darkweb Crackdown

Oha, der Bust gegen Silkroad 2 gestern war nochmal größer, als angenommen und konzentrierte sich nicht nur auf die zweite Seidenstraße, sondern auch auf die anderen Alternativen und Geldwäsche – insgesamt haben sie über 400 .onion-Domains hochgenommen. Nacht der langen Messer im Darkweb, oder so.

On Friday, the European police agency Europol along with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security announced that the operation has now arrested 17 people in as many countries and seized hundreds of Dark Web domains associated with well over a dozen black market websites. In addition to the takedowns of drug markets Silk Road 2, Cloud 9 and Hydra revealed Thursday, it’s also busted contraband markets like Pandora, Blue Sky, Topix, Flugsvamp, Cannabis Road, and Black Market. Other takedown targets included money laundering sites like Cash Machine, Cash Flow, Golden Nugget and Fast Cash. And agents have taken from criminal suspects more than $1 million in bitcoin, $250,000 in cash, as well as an assortment of computers, drugs, gold, silver and weapons that they had yet to fully catalogue.

In all, the agency says it’s seized 414 “.onion” domains, the web addresses used by the anonymity software Tor that hides the physical location of those sites’ servers.

Wired: ‘Operation Onymous’ Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Web Domains