Dark web drug bust, $6.5 million from 179 alleged drug dealers.

The US Justice Department announced the largest dark web bust it has ever helped carry out, seizing more than 1,100 pounds of drugs from 179 alleged online dealers around the world. The US worked with police in Europe to carry out the investigation, seizing more than $6.5 million in cash and virtual currencies. 

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Operation DisrupTor — named after the private web browser Tor frequently used to access the dark web — was led by police in Germany, along with US law enforcement agencies and Europol. 

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The majority of the arrests took place in the US with 121 cases, followed by 42 cases in Germany, eight cases in the Netherlands, four cases in the United Kingdom, three cases in Austria and one case in Sweden. Police said investigations are still ongoing to identify people behind these dark web accounts. 

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The dark web is a catch-all name for hidden parts of the internet that you can’t easily discover through an online search. It often hosts marketplaces for selling illegal goods like drugs, stolen data and weapons. 

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