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Nemesis Market Seized By German Authorities in Worldwide Darknet Crackdown

Nemesis, a cybercrime marketplace operating on the darknet, has been disrupted by German police. In an undercover operation, they seized the marketplace’s infrastructure in Germany and Lithuania.

This involved taking control of the servers hosting the darknet service and seizing €94,000 (about $102,000) in cryptocurrencies connected to Nemesis.

On March 20, 2024, law enforcement agencies from Germany, Lithuania, and the United States collaborated to execute the operation. This came after a thorough inquiry, which began in October 2022.

A hidden marketplace with a large selection of illegal products and services first appeared in 2021 called the Nemesis Market. The site functioned as a hub for criminal activities ranging from credit card fraud to illicit drug sales and data theft. Significantly, it enabled transactions associated with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, ransomware, and phishing scams.

The Nemesis Market, for all its gloom, did set some limits. It reflected a certain ethics in its generally mysterious activities by outlawing the sale of weapons, narcotics, and hiring people to commit serious crimes.

According to authorities, the illegal network has over 150,000 user profiles and 1,100 business accounts worldwide. More than 20% of the business on the site coming from Germany demonstrated its global reach.

The Nemesis Market website is presently displaying a seizure banner, showing that the marketplace is under law enforcement authority.

Nemesis Market Seized by Law Enforcement
Nemesis Market Seized by Law Enforcement (BKA)

According to the BKA report, the data obtained from the marketplace will serve as the foundation for continuing investigations against illegal dealers and users. This closure and related conviction deliver a huge blow to underground economy participants on the darknet, demonstrating the effectiveness of international law enforcement operations.

Although the effort against dark web markets is far from over, law enforcement’s effective removal of the Nemesis Market represents a win. This takedown highlights how critical it is to maintain continuous monitoring and worldwide cooperation. Although Nemesis’s infrastructure was taken down, previous efforts against cybercrime marketplaces indicate that the criminals might still be able to replicate their activities in a different location.

Following the takedown of the notorious ransomware group LockBit’s website by law authorities, the group attempted to resurrect its cyberextortion activities. LockbitSupp quickly created a new website and claimed that the shutdown had not hurt the company but rather given them more exposure.

German police have dismantled Crimemarket and Kingdom Market in the last several months. With thousands of members, both sites offered a wide range of services related to cybercrime and money laundering.

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