Treasury Department Sanctions Dark Web Market Hydra and 100s of Its Cryptocurrency Addresses
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While the German government, in a joint operation with U.S. law enforcement, took down dark web marketplace Hydra, the U.S. Treasury Department simultaneously imposed new sanctions on the market and more than a hundred of its cryptocurrency addresses.
According to blockchain analysis firm Elliptic, Hydra has facilitated more than $5 billion in illicit cryptocurrency transactions since it launched in 2015. Around half of the roughly $2 billion in transactions going into Hydra's cryptocurrency addresses in 2021 and early 2022 were from illicit or “risky” sources, such as stolen funds, dark-web markets, ransomware, online gambling, scams, and individuals and organizations facing sanctions, according to cryptocurrency tracing firm Chainalysis. (Andy Greenberg / Wired)
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