Finnish Customs (Tulli) closed the Sipulimarket dark web marketplace on Friday and seized all its content.
This recent hit against the dark web was done in close cooperation with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Eurojust, and Polish Police Headquarters in Wroclaw.
According to the Europol’s press release, Sipulimarket had become the hub of all kinds of illegal activities, including buying/selling of drugs and other illicit goods.
The market surfaced on the Onion Router (Tor) network in 2019. It had been the sole remaining Finnish language dark web marketplace on Tor after the Finnish Customs shut down Silkkitie (Valhalla) in spring 2019.
Europol supported the Finnish Customs by providing operational support and technical expertise, including hosting the seizure banner. Bitdefender, an internet security company, assisted by advising Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).
This is yet another illustration of how law enforcement continues to successfully target criminal activity on the dark web.
“This domain has been seized by the Finnish Customs in conjunction with the Cybercrime Department of Provincial Police Headquarters in Wrocław with the support of Europol and Eurojust for aggravated narcotics offences.” says the report. The market remains under investigation by Finnish Customers, and therefore the department is now that specialize in identifying the users and market staff.