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Bavarian Man Admits 34 Alphabay Orders in Court

At a court in Regensburg, Bavaria, a 20-year-old fraudster confused the court with continued confessions of crimes previously unknown to the prosecution. The young man had ordered both drugs and counterfeit currency from Alphabay vendors—information the defendant had revealed to investigators after an arrest for incitement to counterfeit money. No new charges can come from his confusing admissions of guilt. ... Read More »

Trial Date Set for Alleged Elysium Admin

In the District Court of Limburg in early August, the alleged administrator of the darknet child abuse forum “Elysium” will stand trial before Judge Marco Schneider for 12 days in one of the biggest child abuse cases in Germany. Three co-conspirators will be joining the alleged administrator on August 2. All three, according to the German authorities behind the Elysium ... Read More »

ORANGE AND EUROPOL SIGN MOU TO COMBAT CYBERCRIME IN EUROPE

As part of their strategy to combat cybercrime in Europe, Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Jean-Luc Moliner, Orange Head of Group Security. The agreement is meant to ensure a smooth running of cyber security and to enhance a safe cyber environment through information sharing. According to Europol, there ... Read More »

New Jersey Man Busted Cloning Credit Cards in a Hotel Room

A Spring Valley, New Jersey, man was arrested on several fraud charges after buying stolen credit card numbers from vendors on the darknet and then writing the numbers to magnetic strips of blank cards. His arrest, like that of another recent fraudster using stolen identities and credit cards, occurred at a hotel where he had been staying under a false ... Read More »

Dealer Allegedly Pressed Xanax in Rented Beach Homes

The court documents for a darknet Xanax and Oxycodone vendor remain sealed, but a recent pre-trial bond hearing testimony shed some light on a drug trafficking organization with roots in South Carolina and Georgia. The bond hearing resulted in a decision unfavorable to the alleged drug dealer: U.S. Magistrate Judge Paige Gossett opted to keep the defendant in custody until ... Read More »

Dream Vendor ‘Mr Drug Commander’ Admits Drug Trafficking

Late last year, the German Federal Criminal Police Office announced the arrest of a so-called “top vendor” who, according to an official press release, had been selling methamphetamine, ecstasy, and other drugs on the now-defunct Hansa darknet market and Dream market. The vendor now faces a week long trial in a court in Coburg for the large scale and commercial ... Read More »

US Government Will Now Allow Defense Distributed to Distribute 3D Printed Firearms Software

After years of litigation, the United States Department of Justice has finally decided to settle with Defense Distributed, the creators of the first 3D printed firearm, and the Second Amendment Foundation. Under the settlement the Department of Justice will no longer prohibit Defense Distributed from distributing its 3D printed firearms software over the internet. Defense Distributed and its companion site, ... Read More »

Fraudster Sentenced for Stolen ID Shopping Spree

A suspicious invoice for a limited edition rum worth almost $2,000 started an investigation that led to the arrest and recent sentencing of a man from Lucerne, Switzerland for several charges of identity theft and fraud. The man, investigators discovered as they investigated a trail of identity thefts and fake identities, had been purchasing stolen identities on the darknet as ... Read More »

Bitcoin Trader ‘Bitcoin Maven” Sentenced to Federal Prison

United States District Judge Manuel L. Real of the Central District of California sentenced the so-called “Bitcoin Maven” to one year in prison for illegally laundering bitcoin. In order to enforce a prison stay, Judge Real sentenced convicted the money launderer to 12 months and a single day, forcing prison time instead of jail time. Theresa Lynn Tetley, 50, worked ... Read More »

Man Sentenced After Losing USB Drive Filled with Child Porn

The Court of Créteil, on July 11, sentenced a 34-year-old Frenchman for downloading hundreds of pictures and videos of child abuse from darknet forums and imageboards. The man, according to the court, had an interest in children as young as six. Although the investigation had yielded all the evidence needed for a harsh punishment, the court sentenced the man to ... Read More »

Missouri Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Selling THC Analogues

According to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Missouri, a St. Peter’s man was more than 15 years in prison for his role in distributing controlled substance analogues to suppliers across the United States. According to the announcement, Charles Wolfe, 57, participated in a large-scale analogue trafficking operation involving at least six co-conspirators who ... Read More »

Canadian Authorities Seize Bitcoin from Alleged Silk Road Vendor

According to a Canadian news outlet, the British Columbia Civil Forfeiture Office has claimed $1.4 million in Bitcoin seized after the arrest of a man allegedly connected to the famed Silk Road vendor MarijuanaIsMyMuse. However, the man was arrested in 2013, sentenced in 2015, and free only nine months later. Neither the Civil Forfeiture Office nor the Vancouver Police have ... Read More »

Welfare Office Allegedly Ignored All Warning Signs in Freiburg Abuse Case

Amidst an ongoing child abuse case in Freiburg where the child’s mother admitted to allowing pedophiles from the darknet to meet and rape her nine-year-old son, officials started looking at the role (or lack thereof) played by the youth welfare office in Germany. The boy’s mother—who recently admitted communicating with pedophiles in darknet chat rooms for the sole purpose of ... Read More »

Austrian Dealers Admit Ordering Amphetamine on the Darknet

In a recent article, DeepDotWeb covered the arrest of two drug dealers from Salzburg responsible for the distribution of kilograms of various drugs throughout Salzburg. According to the arrest reports, the duo had been buying large quantities of drugs on the darknet and reselling the drugs to local distributors and smaller buyers. After Customs in Frankfurt, Germany, intercepted several packages ... Read More »