Sipulimarket, a major darknet market, has been closed, and Finnish Customs has worked with Europol and Polish police to seize its assets, including Bitcoin.
Darknet markets closed, Bitcoin seized
Europol and the Finnish Customs (Tulli) announced last week that they “have closed the Sipulimarket dark web market and seized all content.” The operation is in line with the Polish Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw (Euromen’s European Cybercrime The Centre (EC3) and Eurojust work closely together.
Tulli’s press release explains:
The Finnish customs has completely confiscated the contents of the web server and Silpulimarket trade site…Finnish customs also seized Bitcoin.
The website now displays the message “This domain name has been seized”, which reads: “This hidden service has been jointly shut down by the Finnish Customs and the Wroclaw Provincial Police Headquarters Cybercrime Department. It has also been obtained from Europol and European Justice Organization’s support to combat drug crimes.”
The official description of the Sipulimarket web server has been running on the Tor network since 2019. The announcement also added that the market sold “a large amount of narcotics and other illegal goods”, and pointed out that Sipulimarket is the only website that actually sells drugs in Finnish. The Tor network after the trade website Silkkitie (Valhalla) was closed by the Finnish customs in the spring of 2019.
The number of bitcoins seized was not disclosed. The announcement concluded: “The preliminary investigation of this case is still ongoing. At this stage, Finnish Customs and international partners will no longer provide more information on this matter.”
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