A Europol international law enforcement operation took down the world’s second-largest digital underground marketplace.
The world’s second-largest Dark Web marketplace took down operation also resulted in the arrests of three German men.
The Wall Street Market was the name of the market, which hosted the sale of illegal drugs, stolen data, fake documents, and malicious software. In its last days, the market had more than 1.5 million registered customer accounts and 5,400 registered sellers of the illicit goods.
The commission requested by Wall Street Market’s owners was between 2% to 6% of the value of each sale.
Remember that everything can be hacked and on this dark places many cyber threats are crawling. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Europol was able to make its first arrest when the IP address and ultimately identify one of the defendants when his VPN connection to the marketplace computer network failed. The two other owners were rapidly arrested soon after. Until now none of them have been named publicly, we only know that they are a 23-year-old resident of Kleve, a 31-year-old resident of Wurzburg, and a 29-year-old resident of Stuttgart.
In addition, former Wall Street Market operative Marcos Paulo De Oliveira-Annibale, 29, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was charged in the US with federal drug distribution and money-laundering charges.
Law enforcement said that they used a combination of unique financial investigative abilities to tackle these markets down in order to protect the citizens, to promote cybersecurity, and ultimately to inform the global community.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.