Tor-Based Social Network seized by Czech Police

07/10/2020Darknet News, Law Enforcement

Atlayo, a so-called “Tor social network,” was shut down by Czech law enforcement as part of an investigation into Danish drug trafficking in the dark web. A seizure banner on the site’s homepage credits law enforcement in both Denmark and the Czech Republic with the investigation that culminated in the Atlayo domain being confiscated.

Drug consumers bought a total of 4.5 kilograms of cocaine, three kilograms of MDMA, five kilograms of methamphetamine, 3,500 ecstasy pills and 40 kilograms of cannabis via the social network, according to an investigator with a Copenhagen Police special investigation unit.

Two Roskilde residents-a 23-year-old and a 29-year-old-were arrested by authorities in connection with the Atlayo investigation. Both men were accused of establishing and operating the social network. At a hearing for the two suspects in police custody, a police investigator announced that one more suspect had been identified by Copenhagen police. It seems as if the police have not yet arrested the third perpetrator, and its position in Atlayo ‘s administration is currently unknown.

The investigation was led by the Copenhagen Police in Denmark and the Czech Republic assisted by the National Drug Headquarters. According to the Danish newspaper and media outlet Berlingske, Atlayo was hosted on servers in Czechia (and is currently hosted at Wedos, one of the country’s biggest webhosts and domain registrars). On June 5, 2020, the A record for changed—the day authorities took control of the domain.

For several months now, authorities in Denmark have been arresting suspects of Atlayo users (for alleged drug crimes). As of February 2020, seven alleged users were arrested, and an investigation is underway into users of the social network.