By Daniel Hunter

More than 400 so-called 'dark net' websites have been taken down in a huge raid which resulted in 17 arrests.

The sites were on the Tor network - a part of the internet which can't be found by traditional search engines. It is home to thousands of illegal websites containing drugs trades, indecent images of children and extremist content.

But more than 400, including the notorious Silk Road 2.0, were taken down in the joint raid by Europol and the FBI.

The original Silk Road website was shut down in October and its alleged owner was arrested, but it is not clear whether the owner of Silk Road 2.0 was one of the 17 people arrested.

"Today we have demonstrated that, together, we are able to efficiently remove vital criminal infrastructures that are supporting serious organised crime," said Troels Oerting, head of Europol's European cybercrime centre.

"And we are not 'just' removing these services from the open internet; this time we have also hit services on the dark net using Tor where, for a long time, criminals have considered themselves beyond reach."

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