International operation closes down Piilopuoti dark web marketplace

 In a significant victory against dark web criminals, the Finnish Customs (Tulli), together with European partners, has successfully taken down the dark web marketplace ‘Piilopuoti’. 

Drugs and other illegal commodities were sold in large quantities on this Finnish-language platform which had been operating on the Onion Router (Tor) network since May 2022. 

This successful action by the Finnish Customs was supported, among others, by the German Federal Criminal Office (Bundeskriminalamt) and the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau (Lietuvos kriminalinės policijos biuras). Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre coordinated the international activity and provided operational support and technical expertise. 

The investigation is still ongoing as law enforcement worldwide work together to identify the sellers and users on the platform.

This successful takedown happened just days ahead of the annual Dark Web Conference which will take place at Europol’s headquarters between 4-5 October. This event, restricted to law enforcement, will bring together over 180 investigators from across the world to discuss the latest criminal trends and developments on the dark web.