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Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes | about 6 months ago

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Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "This morning, anyone hoping to browse Utopia, the up and coming now-defunct competitor to Silk Road 2.0, were greeted with an unwelcome but at this point familiar message: “This hidden service has been seized, by the Dutch National Police.” The online black market was shut down a mere nine days after its much-anticipated launch.

Despite rumors of a hack, Dutch cops have issued a statement saying they arrested five men in connection with running Utopia and seized computers, hard drives, USB sticks, and “about 900 Bitcoins”—roughly $600,000. Utopia’s servers were apparently housed in Germany, where another man was arrested on suspicion of weapons and drug trafficking.

The Dutch launched operation CONDOR in early 2013 to uncover illegal marketplaces on the Tor network, of the likes of Silk Road 2.0 and Utopia. The investigation into Utopia pulled out all the stops: undercover agents and “buy-busts,” not just of drugs, but also a contract assassination—much to the surprise of the Dutch public prosecutor."

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