German law enforcement has seized the infrastructure of the Nemesis Market. This popular marketplace was known for facilitating the trade of illegal goods and services, including drugs, stolen data, and cybercrime tools.

The Federal Criminal Police Office in Germany (BKA) and the Frankfurt cybercrime combating unit (ZIT) conducted the action on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, with law enforcement taking down the website and confiscating approximately $100,000 in cash, Bleepingcomputer reports.

The Federal Criminal Police Office in Germany (BKA)  announcement says investigations into Nemesis Market started in October 2022, involving German, Lithuanian, and American agencies, including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

The Nemesis Market website displays the seizure banner below, informing visitors that the platform is now in the police’s hands.

Visiting the URL also triggers a retro video game animation, which is used to celebrate the operation’s success, as shown below.

Buy Me A Coffee

Data seized in the action will be used in the ongoing investigations against platform sellers and users, potentially uncovering their identities and organizing arrests.

BKA has not mentioned if the server administrators or any of the platform’s core operators were identified or arrested during the action.

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