Massive Takedown Shutters Cyber-Crime Services on Tor Network
The FBI, Europol and other agencies cooperate to shut down hidden services dealing in illicit goods on the Tor anonymizing network.International law enforcement agencies teamed up to take down more than 410 alleged criminal services operating on the Tor anonymizing network, and arrested 17 operators and administrators, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Europol. Law enforcement agencies in 16 European countries and the United States carried out raids and made arrests as part of the worldwide operation, which was announced on Friday and aimed to deter the sale of weapons and drugs on the anonymizing network. Law enforcement agents seized Bitcoins worth approximately $1 million as well as $225,000 in cash, drugs, gold and silver. As part of the operation, U.S. officials shuttered the popular Silk Road 2.0 dark market and announced the arrest of the alleged operator. "Today we have demonstrated that, together, we are able to efficiently remove vital criminal infrastructures that are supporting serious organized crime," Troels Oerting, head of European Cybercrime Center (EC3), said in a statement. "And we are not 'just' removing these services from the open Internet; this time we have also hit services on the Darknet using Tor where, for a long time, criminals have considered themselves beyond reach."
The coordinated attack on criminal operations on the anonymized Tor network comes a year after U.S. authorities closed down the original Silk Road dark market and arrested a 29-year-old man, Ross Ulbricht, on charges of money laundering, drug trafficking and hacking for allegedly operating the site.