A significant darknet market, Sipulimarket, has been shut down and its belongings, together with bitcoin, had been seized by Finnish Customs, in cooperation with Europol and the Polish police.
Darknet Marketplace Shut Down, Bitcoin Seized
Europol and Finnish Customs (Tulli) introduced final week that they “have shut down the Sipulimarket darkish net market and seized all its content material.” The operation was in shut cooperation with the Polish Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw (Komenda Wojewódzka Policji we Wroclawiu), Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), and Eurojust.
Tulli’s press launch explains:
Finnish Customs has seized the net server and contents of the Silpulimarket commerce web site in its entirety … Finnish Customs has additionally carried out a bitcoin seizure.
The web site now shows a “This area has been seized” message that reads: “This hidden service has been closed by the Finnish Customs at the side of the Cybercrime Department of Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw with the assist of Europol and Eurojust for aggregated narcotics offenses.”
The authority described that the Sipulimarket webserver was operational within the Tor community since 2019. The market bought “Significant quantities of narcotics and different illicit items,” the announcement provides, noting that Sipulimarket was the one precise Finnish-language commerce web site promoting narcotics within the Tor community after the commerce web site Silkkitie (Valhalla) was closed down by Finnish Customs within the spring of 2019.
The quantity of bitcoin seized was not disclosed. The announcement concludes: “The preliminary investigation of the case remains to be underway. At this stage, Finnish Customs and the worldwide cooperation companions won’t present any extra info on the matter.”
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