Finnish Authorities Dismantle Notorious PIILOPUOTI Dark Web Drug Marketplace

Cyber Security

Sep 20, 2023THNCyber Crime / Dark Web

Finnish law enforcement authorities have announced the takedown of PIILOPUOTI, a dark web marketplace that specialized in illegal narcotics trade since May 2022.

“The site operated as a hidden service in the encrypted TOR network,” the Finnish Customs (aka Tulli) said in a brief announcement on Tuesday. “The site has been used in anonymous criminal activities such as narcotics trade.”

The agency said that the drugs sold on the site were smuggled to Finland from abroad, adding a criminal investigation is underway in coordination with international partners from Germany and Lithuania, along with Europol and Eurojust. It’s not immediately clear if any arrests were made.

Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender said it provided additional support that helped with the seizure of PIILOPUOTI.

“We are extremely pleased that PIILOPUOTI has been seized and would like to congratulate law enforcement, Finnish Customs, and everyone involved,” Alexandru Catalin Cosoi, senior director of the Investigation and Forensics Unit at Bitdefender, said in a statement shared with The Hacker News.

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Level-Up SaaS Security: A Comprehensive Guide to ITDR and SSPM

Stay ahead with actionable insights on how ITDR identifies and mitigates threats. Learn about the indispensable role of SSPM in ensuring your identity remains unbreachable.

Supercharge Your Skills

“This operation is a prime example of the public and private sector pooling resources and working together to disrupt illegal online activities. It should also serve as a wake-up call for criminals who falsely believe their infrastructures, anonymity and actions are fully protected by the dark web. They should understand if they are in the crosshairs of an international effort, they will eventually be brought to justice.”

The development comes as law enforcement agencies have intensified their efforts to dismantle darknet marketplaces such as Genesis Market and the Lolek bulletproof hosting service. In May 2023, an international operation resulted in the arrest of 288 vendors who are believed to be involved in drug trafficking in the Monopoly market.

Found this article interesting? Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to read more exclusive content we post.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

WhatsApp ‘Third-Party Chat’ Interface Leaked Ahead of EU’s DMA Deadline
LG, Meta Announce Collaboration to Develop Next-Generation XR Technologies
Oppo Air Glass 3 XR Eyewear Prototype Powered by its ‘AndesGPT’ AI Model Showcased at MWC 2024
New BIFROSE Linux Malware Variant Using Deceptive VMware Domain for Evasion
College AI degree programs are booming. Are they worth the cost?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *