Mainz / Koblenz (dpa) - Investigators have, according to their own statements, excavated what is probably the world's largest illegal marketplace in the so-called Darknet and arrested the alleged operator.
The platform called DarkMarket was closed on Monday and the servers were switched off, said the Koblenz Public Prosecutor's Office.
The 34-year-old alleged operator, an Australian, was arrested near the German-Danish border at the weekend.
"Until the time of the closure, the DarkMarket was probably the world's largest Darknet marketplace with almost 500,000 users and more than 2,400 sellers," said the Attorney General.
The investigations were led by the Central Criminal Inspectorate Oldenburg (ZKI) and the State Central Cybercrime Office (LZC) of the Koblenz Public Prosecutor's Office.
Foreign authorities were also involved.
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