The Dark Web cyber bunker use to set up by George ‘the Penguin’ Mitchell’s associate was a sloppy, amateurish operation.
Despite the high-tech systems, the boss was frequently drunk and careless, according to evidence presented at the Trier regional court in Germany.
One of the accused computer experts claimed that customer data security was not taken seriously, and that hard discs from shutdown servers whichused to be supposed to be demolished were heaped up in the German bunker, according to the court.
After the underground complex was raided in 2019, investigators discovered passwords into an Excel spreadsheet that they used to be able to use accessing the data.
The boss was drunk every evening, according to an intern, doing job at the bunker in progress weeks earlier the raid, and none of his references or qualifications were checked out.
Eight defendants have been charged with complicity in approximately 250,000 crimes, including multimillion-dollar drug deals, data theft, computer attacks, counterfeit money, and arms deals, according to the public prosecutor’s office.
They are also accused of hosting illegal websites and thus assisting their customers in committing crimes by failing to check if their servers were being used for criminal activities.
A former NATO underground complex housed the cyber bunker.
The court has heard Herman Johan Xennt, a manager, two administrators, two of Xennt’s sons, Yennoah and Xyonn, and a bookkeeper.
Michael R., the bunker manager, is said to be willing to make a partial confession.
The Penguin had drink and heart problems, according to a German court.
Mitchell was involved in a project called ‘Underground,’ which brought in a lot of ‘black money,’ according to him.Mitchell and Xennt had a falling out in 2017, when the bunker was under observation and Mitchell’s phones happened to bemonitored by German cops.
According to Michael R., Mitchell demanded that Xennt repay him the €700,000 he had given him to buy a bunker in Goes, the Netherlands.
He also claimed that he negotiated a deal in which The Penguin received €30,000 in exchange for an app and information about the project.
Mitchell, also known as Mr Green, was described by Michael R as aninsensible alcoholic with heart difficulties and a bad knee, as well as a lack of understanding of technology despite attempting to develop his own communications system.
The Cyberbunker trial is expected to last until December, and it is the first time in Germany that alleged criminal facilitators, rather than just crime gangs, have been tried.