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Darkweb Hydra drug market taken offline by German police – Naked Security

Darkweb Hydra drug market taken offline by German police – Naked Security
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Darkweb Hydra drug market taken offline by German police – Naked Security

The German police have located and closed the servers of Hydra, supposedly one of the largest online underground stores in the world.

Investigators from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA, the Federal Criminal Police Office) claim that Hydra’s Russian-language dark website, accessible via the Tor network, had around 17 million customer accounts (many individual buyers may have had multiple accounts, of course) and more. 19,000 merchant accounts at the time it was closed.

As you would expect from a dark web marketplace, the main products traded online were illegal drugs, but the site also apparently offered a “coin tumbler” money laundering service aimed at creating hard-to-trace cryptocurrency transaction records. , and made a brisk trade. on forged identification documents.

according to a report From the BBC, locating the actual servers used to run Hydra was no easy task (the site has been online since at least 2015), but German police said they began following an advisory in mid-2021 that suggested the servers They were actually staying in Germany.

That led to the shutdown on Tuesday 2022-04-05, with the site’s front page changed to look like this:

Click on the image to see it in context on the original BKA page.