Finnish Customs take down Sipulimarket on the dark web with Europol support

11 December 2020
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Today the Finnish Customs (Tulli) have shut down the Sipulimarket dark web marketplace and seized all its content. This latest hit against the dark web was done in close cooperation with the Polish Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw (Komenda Wojewódzka Policji we Wroclawiu) and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and Eurojust

Drugs and other illegal commodities were sold in large quantities on Sipulimarket which had been operating on the The Onion Router (Tor) network since 2019. It was the only 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, provided assistance by advising Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). 

This is yet another example of how law enforcement continues to successfully target criminal activity on the dark web.