Europol Operation Nets High-Profile Darknet Vendors

Europol has apprehended at least 150 dark web high-profile vendors during their Operation DarkHunTOR.

DarkHunTOR involved operatives and local operations in Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Among the 150 suspects, 65 were arrested and detained in the US, while 47 in Germany, 24 in the UK, and four each in Italy and the Netherlands.

DarkHunTOR was made possible after German police took down the DarkMarket, the “world’s largest” dark web marketplace.

Using the evidence they seized from DarkMarket, Europol operatives were able to identify the vendors.

Europol also reported that €26.7 million ($31 million) in cash and crypto, as well as 45 various guns and 234 kilograms of drugs.

“The point of operations such as this is to put criminals operating on the dark web on notice (that) the law enforcement community has the means and global partnerships to unmask them and hold them accountable for their illegal activities, even in areas of the dark web,” said Europol Deputy Director of Operations Jean-Philippe Lecouffe.

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