It’s hard out there for administrators of illegal dark web markets trying to steal their users’ cryptocurrency in peace.
Barely a week after Wallstreet Market — one of the largest remaining illegal online marketplaces in the vein of the Silk Road — went into a suspicious maintenance mode, German authorities have seized the site and arrested its alleged operators. Oh, and law enforcement says the three individuals now in custody not only ran the site, but were in the processes of exit-scamming when they were busted.
In other words, the accused allegedly weren’t content to simply take a commission off the sale of drugs and stolen data, but they straight up decided to steal all their customers’ cryptocurrency held in escrow for good measure.
A visit to the site, accessible via Tor, on May 3 shows a seizure notice from police.
An accompanying press release, translated from German by Google Translate, details the alleged fruits of the scheme.
“As part of a search of the homes of the suspects were cash amounts of over €550,000, as well as cryptocurrencies BITCOIN and MONERO in 6-digit amount, several high-quality motor vehicles and numerous other evidence, especially computers and data carriers, ensured.”
The release notes that the servers
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