Disclosed this Tuesday morning (22), Operation Disruptor is being considered one of the biggest apprehensions in dark web companies that is still known today. According to Forbes magazine, 179 arrests were made in six countries, 500 kilograms of seized drugs, in addition to $ 6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrencies.
Among the seized drugs, opioids such as fentanyl and oxycodone were found, in addition to heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and MDMA. 64 firearms were also confiscated. The name of the operation comes from the combination of the words Disrup (break) + Tor, name of the anonymous communication software that hosts much of the so-called dark web.
Most of the arrests (121) occurred in the United States, while 42 were in Germany, eight in the Netherlands, four in the United Kingdom, three in Austria and one in Sweden. While the long-term impact of the operation on the drug market on this obscure internet is unclear, Europol has already stated that the “golden age of the dark web market is over”.
European Union police told Forbes that they could not comment on how investigators used to identify people who believed themselves anonymous for the protection of Tor. But the agency has already said that several investigations are still underway targeting users of multiple accounts with addresses ” dark. ”
What all these prisons have in common is that the investigations stem from the overthrow of the so-called Wall Street Market by the German police in May 2019. After retrieving the back-end server from this important underground bazaar, Europol had an inestimable treasure of information in hand and evidence.
“With the rise in opioid-related overdose deaths during the covid-19 pandemic, we recognize that today’s announcement is important and timely. The FBI wants to assure the American public, and the world, that we are committed to identifying drug dealers on the dark web and bringing them to justice, ”said FBI Director Christopher Wray.