The Europol has released a leaflet illustrating how intellectual property crimes are taking advantage from Darknet marketplaces.

The leaflet was presented at the Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference on Innovative Strategies for Effective Enforcement, held in Antwerp, Belgium, 19-20 September 2017. Europol advises that “darknet markets are becoming increasingly attractive for both criminals vendors and buyers of intellectual property (IP) infringing material as they allow for anonymity, a poly-criminal environment and high profits”.

The Europol goes on to provide an overview of the threats posed by Organised Crime Groups involved in the violation of Intellectual Property Rights and how they take advantage of the Darknet, and reports that in June and July 2017, two of the largest Darknet markets – AlphaBay and Hansa – were taken down in an international operation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police, with the support of Europol.

Read the full article Intellectual property crime: counterfeit goods increasingly sold on Darknet marketplaces on the Europol website.