German investigators shut down big darknet marketplace

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said yesterday that they have taken down what they believe was the biggest illegal marketplace on the darknet and arrested its suspected operator.

The site, known as DarkMarket, was shut down on Monday, prosecutors in the southwestern city of Koblenz said. All sorts of drugs, forged money, stolen or forged credit cards, anonymous mobile phone SIM cards and malware were among the things offered for sale there, they added.

German investigators were assisted in their months-long probe by United States (US) authorities and by Australian, British, Danish, Swiss, Ukrainian and Moldovan police.