FBI releases DarkNet marketplace primer notes bitcoin use for illicit purchases

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a primer on DarkNet marketplaces earlier this month, following Operation Hyperion.

The FBI joined other U.S. law enforcement agencies for Operation Hyperion – a successful international action aimed at disrupting the operations and infrastructure of illicit DarkNet marketplaces. During the initiative, FBI agents made contact with over 150 individuals around the country suspected of purchasing illicit items from various DarkNet marketplaces.

Operation Hyperion was the pet project of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), an international coalition of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. who share criminal intelligence and collaborate on operations to combat transnational crime. Notably, FELEG has a working group – the Cyber Crime Working Group – which focuses on identifying the sophisticated perpetrators operating key criminal services in the cyber underground marketplace.

The primer was intended to help readers understand DarkNet. The

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