Authorities have revealed the full extent of Operation Onymous, the international crackdown on the dark net drug trade that resulted in the closure of Silk Road 2.0, and as it turns out the operation included the arrest of six Britons and the confiscation of a large amount of computer equipment.
According to a press release from Interpol, Silk Road 2.0 was one of over 410 different services taken down by by authorities, alongside the confiscation of £631,000 worth of Bitcoin, £141,000 of cash, and the arrest of 17 different people charged with running sites, or using them to sell illegal goods.
The National Crime Agency issued a separate statement announcing that of the 17, six were from the UK. These include a 20-year-old man from Liverpool, a 19-year-old man from Lincolnshire; a 30-year-old man from Cleethorpes; a 29-year-old man, a 58-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman from Aberdovey in Wales.
Troels Oerting, head of Europol's Cybercrime Taskforce, said
"Today we have demonstrated that, together, we are able to efficiently remove vital criminal infrastructures that are supporting serious organised crime. And we are not 'just' removing these services from the open internet; this time we have also hit services on the Darknet using Tor where, for a long time, criminals have considered themselves beyond reach. We can now show that they are neither invisible nor untouchable. The criminals can run but they can't hide. And our work continues…"