Five arrested in Utopia dark net marketplace crackdown

Dutch and German police have arrested five people and shut down a "dark net" website as part of an investigation into online criminal marketplaces.

Utopia had been used to trade drugs, stolen credit cards and weapons among other illegal goods, the Dutch public prosecution service said.

The site's pages had been hidden to the public unless they accessed Tor - an otherwise invisible layer of the net.

Police also seized 900 bitcoins, worth about £363,000 or $610,900.

The virtual currency is sometimes used to make it hard to track online transactions.

The announcement follows the FBI's seizure of Silk Road - another dark net marketplace - in October.


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