Following the arrest of an Australian man who had been alleged to have run the DarkMarket, the Australian Federal Police or AFP had raided the Queensland properties. The DarkMarket is believed to be the largest dark web market in the world.
In the last week, a news portal states that the AFP investigators had carried out the search warrants in the Gold Coast and Brisbane. The warrants were related to the arrest of the Australian man, aged 34 years. The European police agencies claim that the indicted individual is behind the DarkMarket operation.
The users of this seized marketplace accessed the dark web marketplace‘s categories and products using a unique browser known as Tor. The darknet market used to sell illegal drugs, stolen credit card data, counterfeit money, malware and sim cards. It is believed that this marketplace was one amongst those underground markets that rose after the fall of the Silk Road.
Over 500,000 had carried out transactions numbering 320,000 and had traded $220 million via the DarkMarket, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) claims.
Two weeks before, the police had arrested the Australian man in Germany and had seized the equipment and finally shut down the website. That information was about the DarkMarket deep web marketplace that the international authorities and the Australian police had acquired through the raid.
While the search was processing, the investigators had successfully seized a laptop, 6 USB thumb drives, four mobile phones and five hard drives along with the bank cards and sim cards.
Jayne Crossling, the AFP Southern Commanding Acting Commander of Investigations, has confirmed that the cybercrime investigators will review the evidence and they may make some arrests in Queensland owing to the Queensland properties.
She mentions that the Australians were likely amongst the users who had been purchasing the illicit items and had committed a crime even though they had made the purchases online.
“There is no difference with the dark web, although the anonymizing features of the dark web makes it harder for law enforcement to identify perpetrators, who commit abhorrent crimes,” she said in a statement.
“If police knew there was criminal activity occurring in geographic location, action would be taken.”
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