A joint operation by the United States Homeland Security Investigations team, the Australian Federal Police, and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have resulted in the arrest of four people across Australia and a further seventeen arrests in Europe and North America. The operation has also resulted in the seizure of $80,000 worth of Bitcoins along with firearms, illicit drugs and ballistic armour.
The investigation focussed on the trade of illegal firearms via the “dark web” by a US based seller using an online alias.
A statement from Homeland security read “Anyone who mistakenly thinks that they can get away with these types of crimes by hiding in the endless depths of the internet must know that HSI will seek them out and bring them to justice.”
This operation follows on from a number of successful arrests of suppliers who believed they were protected because they used the dark web – an assumption that has proven flawed.