From October 22nd to October 28th, law enforcement officials worldwide teamed up to respond to the growing usage of the deep web to obtain illegal drugs and other banned goods or services.
“Operation Hyperion” was started by United States federal law enforcement, the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and some members of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency.
Although illegal drugs are consistently the number one thing sold on the deep webs marketplace, law enforcement officials have found other items such as counterfeit prescription drugs, dangerous and deadly synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, harmful toxins, fake and stolen identities, identity documents, and stolen credit card data. Services like computer hacking, murder for hire and money laundering, could all be purchased on the marketplace, as well.
Overall, Operation Hyperion has resulted in a large number of leads for law enforcement agents all over the globe on cases related to the purchasing and distributing of illegal drugs, banned goods, and other goods and services that are available on the deep web. This operation will lead to a continuation of law enforcement efforts to combat the distribution of illegal products/activities and give officials insight into new smuggling networks and trends.