French customs have succeeded in smashing an illegal Darknet platform. This online forum was used to offer illegal products and stolen bank data for sale.
For years, this forum known as “Black Hand” had been offering illegal products and services for sale - for instance drugs, weapons, fake papers and stolen bank data.
During police operations in several French towns, the main website administrator and several other people were arrested. The investigators managed to access the forum server and seize large quantities of data, such as bank access data. Whether bank access data of Swiss citizens are also affected is unknown.
Internet users can move almost totally anonymously on the Darknet. This area of the Internet is used by people who attach high importance to their privacy or live inside a repressive political system - but also by criminals.