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Dozens Arrested as Feds Take Down Global Cybercrime Forum

Darkode operated as a kind of marketplace for the raw materials of cybercrime.

More than 70 people have been searched, arrested, or charged for activities connected to the Darkode cybercrime forum, federal prosecutors announced today. Darkode operated as a kind of marketplace for the raw materials of cybercrime, a place where would-be criminals could buy exploit kits, ransomware, or access to an illegally assembled botnet. That attracted the attention of federal agents, who infiltrated the forum as part of an investigation they called Operation Shrouded Horizon. In an official statement, the Department of Justice called it “the largest coordinated international law enforcement effort ever directed at an online cyber-criminal forum.”

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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