Europol Arrests 17 in Darknet Crackdown

FBI makes arrests on charges of operating the illicit website Silk Road 2.0,

THE INTERNET POST

A day after Thursday’s FBI arrest of 26-year old Blake Benthall on charges of operating the illicit website Silk Road 2.0, Europol has announced a total of 17 arrests and the shutdown of 414 Darknet websites offering illegal goods and services, according to the Guardian.

The joint international operation, code named “Operation Onymous,” has seized $1 million in bitcoin currency, $220,000 in cash, including drugs and guns.

Law enforcement agencies from 17 countries were involved in the operation based at Europol’s Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce headquartered at The Hague, Netherlands.

Troels Oerting, head of the European police agency’s cybercrimes division stated “We will go after drug dealers regardless of whether they operate in the physical or virtual world.”

In addition to shutting down Silk Road 2.0, the sting has netted websites located on the Tor anonymity network, including the sites Blue Sky, Pandora, Hydra, and Cloud Nine.

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