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Load of bunk Dark Web cyber bunker set up by pal of 'The Penguin' was 'amateurish'

An intern who started working at the bunker weeks before the raid said the boss was drunk every evening

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Bunker raided by the German police.

Bunker raided by the German police.

German court told The Penguin had drink and heart problems.

German court told The Penguin had drink and heart problems.

Bunker raided by the German police.

Bunker raided by the German police.

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Bunker raided by the German police.

The Dark Web cyber bunker set up by an associate of drugs boss George 'the Penguin' Mitchell was an amateurish, slapdash operation.

Evidence in Germany - at the Trier regional court - tells that, ­despite the high-tech systems, the boss was often drunk and careless.

One of the accused computer experts said the security of customer data was not taken very seriously - and the court heard that hard disks from shutdown servers that were supposed to be destroyed were piled up in the German bunker.

Investigators found passwords in an Excel spreadsheet they were able to use to access the data after the underground complex was raided in 2019.

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Bunker raided by the German police.

Bunker raided by the German police.

Bunker raided by the German police.

An intern who started working at the bunker weeks before the raid said the boss was drunk every evening and none of his references or qualifications were checked out.

The public prosecutor's office has accused eight defendants of complicity in around 250,000 crimes, including drug deals worth millions, data theft, computer attacks, and counterfeit money and arms deals.

They are also accused of hosting illegal websites and thereby aiding in crimes committed by their customers by failing to check if their servers were being used for criminal activities.

The cyber bunker was housed in a former Nato underground complex.

Herman Johan Xennt, and a manager, two administrators, two of Xennt's sons, Xyonn and Yennoah, and a bookkeeper are before the court.

It heard that the bunker manager Michael R. is prepared to make a partial confession.

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German court told The Penguin had drink and heart problems.

German court told The Penguin had drink and heart problems.

German court told The Penguin had drink and heart problems.

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He previously told how Mitchell was involved in a project called 'Underground' which brought in a lot of 'black money'. In 2017, when the bunker was under surveillance and Mitchell's phones were tapped by German police, there was a dispute between the drugs boss and Xennt.

Mitchell demanded Xennt pay back the €700,000 he had given him to buy a bunker in Goes, the Netherlands, according to Michael R.

He also said he negotiated a deal between them in which The Penguin was paid €30,000 and got an app and information on the project.

Michael R described Mitchell, who used the name Mr Green, as a forgetful alcoholic with heart problems and a bad knee, and little understanding of the technology despite trying to develop his own communications system.

The Cyberbunker trial is expected to last until December and is it the first time in Germany that alleged facilitators to criminals have been tried and not just crime gangs.

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