Cryptocurrency Isn’t The Future –  It’s Reality

Cryptocurrency Isn’t The Future –  It’s Reality

150 Arrested Cash And Cryptocurrency $30.17 Million Seized Dark Web Sting

Cryptocurrency and Crime - More than 150 people were arrested across the UK and Europe.

Several key criminals have been caught in a police sting operation in a dark web crackdown that resulted in the seizure of €26 million ($30.17 million) in cash and cryptocurrency.

Law enforcement around the world coordinate more and more as crime becomes a global coordinated effort. Cryptocurrency related crimes are are on the rise as the new technology brings unsuspecting individuals without the knowledge  on how to protect their assets. The moment Police shut down one cyber criminal organization, another one pops up. Not to mention the hundreds or thousands that exist already.

Its the founding principal of most cryptocurrencies for transaction to remain anonymous, criminals and crime originations feel the money gained by illegal actives and payment for their illegal service can remain secret.

This story is part 3 of my continuing series on Cryptocurrency and Crime

The high-profile targets were involved in buying or selling illegal goods online in one of the largest stings yet focused on the dark web, Europe’s crime agency Europol said. Operation Dark HunTor also recovered millions of euros in cash and bitcoin, as well as drugs and guns. The investigation stems from a German-led police sting this year that took down the world’s largest darknet marketplace.

Dark HunTor, “was composed of a series of separate but complementary actions

In Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States," the Hague-based Europol said. In the United States alone, police arrested 65 people, while 47 were held in Germany, 24 in Britain, and four each in Italy and the Netherlands, among others. A number of those arrested "were considered high-value targets" by Europol.

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Italian police also shut down the DeepSea and Berlusconi marketplaces

which the agency says hosted more than 100,000 illegal products. German police in January closed down the DarkMarket online marketplace, which allegedly facilitated the sale of drugs, stolen credit-card data and malware. Europol said the arrest of the alleged operator, caught near the German-Danish border at the time, and the seizure of the criminal infrastructure provided "investigators across the world with a trove of evidence".

German prosecutors said DarkMarket came to light in the course of a major investigation against the web-hosting service Cyberbunker, located in a former NATO bunker in south-west Germany. Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre EC3 has since been compiling intelligence packages to identify the key targets.

"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," Europol deputy director of operations Jean-Philippe Lecouffe said.

The secret darknet includes websites that can be accessed only with specific software or authorizations, ensuring anonymity for users.

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