Law enforcement has taken down the illegal marketplace known as “Kingdom Market,” which specialized in drug trade and malware.
The site has been accessible via the Tor browser since at least March 2021. According to law enforcement, over 42,000 products were advertised on the site.
“Kingdom Market” specialized in trading illegal drugs, along with offering fake documents, malware, and various criminal services on the platform.
The marketplace boasted several hundred registered sellers and tens of thousands of registered customers.
It accepted crypto payments, relying on Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, and Zcash.
The operators of the platform received a 3% commission for processing sales of illegal products and services.
The operation that led to the seizure of the darknet site was spearheaded by the Federal Criminal Police Office in Germany (BKA) and the internet-crime combating unit of Frankfurt (ZIT), collaborating with law enforcement agencies from the United States, Switzerland, Moldova, and Ukraine.
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