With the help of the Tel Aviv Police Cybercrime Unit, the FBI has arrested suspects in several countries accused of running a website which served as a platform for illegal drug and weapons trafficking, prostitution, credit card theft and other offenses, according to a statement from the Tel Aviv Police.
The suspects were from France, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil, as well as two Israelis: one from Tel Aviv and the other from Ashdod.
The website, Deepdotweb, was a gateway link to other sites hawking illegal goods and services.
Sales on individual websites were made through Deepdotweb, which made millions of dollars money in the process. Money transfers were carried out via Bitcoin.
The undercover investigation was carried out over the last two months, and was only made public with the arrest of the suspects.