Germany’s largest dark web platform busted
Yesterday the BKA, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office seized ‘Deutschland im Deep Web’, Germany’s largest dark web platform.
Accessing the website’s .onion address, the page loads with the following message:
“The platform and the criminal content have been seized by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) on behalf of Attorney General’s Office in Frankfurt am Main.”
At the time of writing no official statement from the authorities is available.
Although the platform was not a market, trading was allowed if both parties agreed to use multi-sig. Communication within the platform was by pgp only. In other words, there is no way for vendors and buyers to communicate to sort out open trades, or to confirm fulfilled trades.
It is also unknown if ‘Lucky’ the owner of ‘Deutschland im Deep Web’ has been arrested or not.
Addendum (Jun 13, 2017):
According to a BKA press release, the Germany Federal Criminal Police Office arrested the 30 year old operator of the website on suspicion of weapons and narcotics trafficking abetment charges, and seized the server, after a months-long investigation into his business. The authorities suspect that he has run the dark web site since 2013. At the time of closure ‘Deutschland im Deep Web’ had about 20,000 registered members. Apart from the server, police confiscated small amounts of controlled drugs.
Noteworthy, the Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic pistol that was used in the 2016 Munich mass shooting was bought through ‘Deutschland im Deep Web’.
The 18-year-old delinquent killed 9 people and injured 36 more after he opened fire at a McDonald’s restaurant near a shopping mall. He killed himself before he could be arrested by police.