The Department of Justice announced May 3 that it, in partnership with German authorities, has charged three German nationals with operating Wall Street Market (WSM), “which was one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces that allowed vendors to sell a wide variety of contraband,” including malware. The three defendants, who are currently in custody in Germany, face narcotics and money laundering charges in the United States and additional charges in Germany. An additional defendant, a Brazilian national, was charged on May 2 on similar charges. “Taking down this site is a huge win for past and future victims of crimes perpetrated due to the proliferation of illegal products and services being sold,” said Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation.  “We are committed to using our unique financial investigative abilities to tackle these kinds of threats head on to protect citizens, to promote cybersecurity and to inform the global community.”

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.