How Germany dropped classified information on Hydra, the impenetrable dark web criminal group

  • Joe Teddy
  • Cyber ​​security reporter, BBC

German police

image source, BKA

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German police say shutting down the infamous website took months of cyber investigations.

“It gave us all goosebumps,” says Sebastian Zwebel, describing the moment his team shut down Hydra, the world’s largest darknet marketplace.

The site has been a hotbed of cybercrime and has operated for more than six years by selling illegal drugs and products.

But after a tip-off, German police confiscated the site’s servers and confiscated 23 million euros ($25 million) of bitcoin.

“We’ve been working on this for months, and when it finally happened it was a really massive feeling,” Zwiebel says.

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