Seven suspects were arrested in a series of raids Thursday targeting the operators of the “Bulletproof Hoster” service located in what was dubbed the
“Cyber Bunker”, police and prosecutors said.
The servers hosted, or provided the internet architecture for, illegal websites that also peddled stolen data and forged documents, and from which large-scale cyber attacks have been carried out.
Thirteen suspected members — 12 men and one woman, aged from 20 to 59 —
allegedly set up and ran the powerful servers inside a former NATO bunker in
the town of Traben-Trarbach in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Those kept in custody were four Dutch citizens, two Germans and one Bulgarian.
Several hundred police were involved in raids in Germany and other European
countries that netted some 200 servers, numerous data carriers and mobile
phones and a large sum of cash.
The websites included what was once the world's second largest Darknet marketplace for drugs, the e-commerce platform 'Wall Street Market', which was
brought down by investigators earlier this year.
An online attack that affected 1.25 million routers of German provider Deutsche Telekom in November 2016 was also controlled via a server located in
the cyber bunker, the regional public prosecutor's office said.
Other illicit websites hosted on the servers included “Fraudsters”, “lifestylepharma” and “Cannabis Road.”