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In the fight against cybercrime, the Frankfurt Attorney General’s Office and the BKA have arrested three men who have operated the Internet platform “Wall Street Market” in the Darknet. Those arrested on 23 and 24 April are a 31-year-old from Bad Vilbel (Hesse), a 29-year-old from the district of Esslingen (Baden-Württemberg) and a 22-year-old from Kleve (North Rhine-Westphalia) ,

What is Wall Street Market?

The online marketplace was the world’s second largest criminal trading platform, traded in particular for drugs (including cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines), spied data, fake documents and malicious software. The illegal trading platform was exclusively accessible through the Darknet TOR network and targeted at international trade in criminal goods.

Most recently, more than 63,000 sales offers were placed on the online marketplace and over 1 150 000 customer accounts and over 5400 sellers registered. Was paid with Bitcoins or Monero.

The searches of the suspects’ homes resulted in more than 550,000 euros in cash and six-digit cryptocurrencies, several high-quality vehicles and numerous computers and data carriers. At the 22-year-old from Kleve also a firearm.

The three are in custody

The magistrate of the district court of Giessen has ordered remand for “commercial procurement of an opportunity for the unauthorized surrender of narcotics”.

The servers of the illegal online marketplace were confiscated on 2 May 2019.

In the US, investigators subsequently arrested two suspected drug traffickers allegedly selling narcotic drugs via Wall Street Market.

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