German authorities have closed what they say is the "biggest illegal digital market in the world". Authorities shut down DarkMarket's servers on Monday.
DarkMarket in numbers
- almost 500,000 users;
- more than 2,400 salespeople;
- more than 320,000 transactions;
- more than 4 650 bitcoin and 12 800 monero transferred.
The market was said to be led by women, proof that women were more than capable of facilitating drug cartels, passport counterfeiting unions and small credit card fraudsters. However, only a 34-year-old Australian man was arrested on suspicion of running DarkMarket.
"Investigators hope to use the data saved there to launch new investigations against market moderators, sellers and buyers," prosecutors said, AFP reported.
The German Koblenz prosecutor's office for cyber crimes conducted the investigation, which also involved Europol, the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency and the DEA, FBI and IRS.