Spain Onymous: DeepWeb Counterfeit Notes Seller Arrested

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Posted by: DeepDotWeb

November 13, 2014

A press release by the The “Guardia Civil” (Spanish Swat) stated that they have arrested one of the targets of the “ONYMOUS macro operation against the illicit markets in the Deep Web”.

The statement mentioned that:

Two domiciliary searches have been conducted in Barcelona, where some computer equipment has been seized, one credit card cloner and two virtual crypto currency Bitcoin accounts.

A person was arrested in the Barcelona area for hosting a site where he scammed users who wanted to buy counterfeit bank notes he listed. In reality, those where fake bills that had to be paid with transfers of the Bitcoin virtual currency. He is framed in the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskfortce (J-CAT), leaded by the Cybercrime Center of Europol.

It was mentioned in the statement that:

the arrested man had a complex computer structure, among which we could find a server farm to generate Bitcoin, a credit card cloner and 30 blank cards ready to store the data of uses whose cards had been stolen

According to the statement:

150 000 people used Silk Road to buy illegal products. They conclude saying that this demonstrates that with international cooperation, part of the criminal structure that organized crime uses on the internet can be dismantled, under which certain feeling of invulnerability had been generated because of the anonymity that is obtained from this hidden services inside the network.

This is another part in the article series regarding Operation Onymous, a global crackdown on the darknet markets, During the operation there were:

  • 17 arrests
  • 13 search warrants issued
  • 414 hidden sites seized (27 sites total – among them, some known scam sites)
  • Hardware and digital media seized
  • Bitcoins worth approximately USD 1 000 000 and EUR 180 000 in cash, drugs, gold and silver seized

Countries involved in the operation, codenamed ‘Onymous’, include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Read all our other articles regarding Operation Onymous Here

Thanks to Reddit user Youtakesally for the translation!

Updated: 2014-11-13