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Authorities Shut Down Darknet Marketplace Sipulimarket, Seize Bitcoin

Authorities Shut Down Sipulimarket Darknet Marketplace, Seize Bitcoin

A major darknet marketplace, Sipulimarket, has been shut
down and its assets, including bitcoin, were seized by Finnish
Customs, in cooperation with Europol and the Polish
police.

Darknet Marketplace Shut Down, Bitcoin Seized

Europol and Finnish Customs (Tulli) announced last week that
they “have shut down the Sipulimarket dark web marketplace and
seized all its content.” The operation was in close cooperation
with the Polish Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw (Komenda
Wojewódzka Policji we Wroclawiu), Europol’s European Cybercrime
Centre (EC3), and Eurojust.

Tulli’s press release explains:

Finnish Customs has seized the web server and contents of the
Silpulimarket trade site in its entirety … Finnish Customs has
also carried out a bitcoin seizure.

The website now displays a “This domain has been seized”
message that reads: “This hidden service has been closed by the
Finnish Customs in conjunction with the Cybercrime Department of
Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw with the support of
Europol and Eurojust for aggregated narcotics offenses.”

The authority described that the Sipulimarket webserver was
operational in the Tor network since 2019. The marketplace sold
“Significant amounts of narcotics and other illicit goods,” the
announcement adds, noting that Sipulimarket was the only actual
Finnish-language trade site selling narcotics in the Tor network
after the trade site Silkkitie (Valhalla) was closed down by
Finnish Customs in the spring of 2019.

The amount of bitcoin seized was not disclosed. The announcement
concludes: “The preliminary investigation of the case is still
underway. At this stage, Finnish Customs and the international
cooperation partners will not provide any more information on the
matter.”

What do you think about the authorities seizing
Sipulimarket? Let us know in the comments section
below.

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