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Operation Dark Gold: 17th Suspect Charged for MDMA Distribution

According to a press release from United States Attorney Ron Parsons, a South Dakota man laundered thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin and bought numerous packages of MDMA from darknet vendors. The defendant, John Edward Monette, 49, was charged in connection with the recent federal investigation into darknet vendors known as Operation Dark Gold. Homeland Security Investigations, court documents revealed, ... Read More »

Two Arrested for Selling Kilograms of Synthetic Cannabinoids Online

According to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman, federal agents arrested two men for selling more than one million dollars worth of synthetic cannabinoids on the internet. Even though the investigation that led to the arrest of both suspects turned into a federal case not long after it began, the New York ... Read More »

NC Man Sentenced for Downloading Child Abuse Pictures

Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, announced that a man from Snow Camp, North Carolina, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for possessing “child pornography.” According to the announcement, federal authorities caught the man downloading illegal photos and videos from the darknet in 2017. According to court documents filed by the U.S. ... Read More »

Customs Seizes 110 Pounds of Fentanyl in Pennsylvania

Only days after state and federal law enforcement agencies rounded up five major fentanyl suppliers in eastern Pennsylvania, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 110 pounds of fentanyl at a port in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The seized fentanyl, according to CBP agents, was worth almost $2 million. Pennsylvania is not a stranger to fentanyl. Nor is the state unfamiliar ... Read More »

Another Man Sentenced in the Staufen Abuse Case

In a court in the southwestern German town of Staufen, a 44-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempting to rape and torture the child of two pedophiles he had met on many darknet child abuse sites. The man, not aware that the boy’s mother and partner had been arrested, talked online with undercover police agents who ... Read More »

Two German Dealers Charged for Fentanyl Distribution

In the summer of 2017, a German law enforcement operation took media outlets by surprise. The operation, conducted by German special forces, also surprised two suspected darknet fentanyl and carfentanil vendors. Neither expected the forceful removal of their doors on the morning of an otherwise normal day. The German Federal Police unit for Combating Serious Organized Crime and Terrorism, the ... Read More »

Posting Selfie Gets Darkweb Weapons Buyer Busted

Australian police arrested a man after he posted a selfie on the dark web to buy weapons. According to police reports, 28-year-old Hai Po Zhang was arrested in Western Sydney Park where he was set to meet a darknet weapons vendor to collect his package. Zhang posted a photo with his name and signature to an account that was used ... Read More »

Alleged Dealer’s Hearing Temporarily Suspended Due to Faulty Warrant

In the Rosenheim District Court, the prosecutors had trouble proving that a 29-year-old from Waldkraiburg had been selling drugs since early 2017. The hearing was suspended and rescheduled for a later date when the prosecution decides to move forward. Although the evidence was stacked against the alleged drug dealer, the police made a mistake during the investigation that, when brought ... Read More »

Brave Web Browser Implements Private Tabs That Use Tor

The latest release of the Brave web browser includes a new privacy feature that is in beta testing. When a private tab is opened in version 0.23 of the Brave web browser, users now have the option to enable the new privacy feature that uses Tor onion routing to help increase privacy. This new feature makes private tabs actually private, ... Read More »

Pedophile “Stumbled” onto Child Porn Site while Searching for Drugs

At Teesside Magistrates’ Court, Tony Martin Douglas Croes, 26, argued that he had not intentionally accessed the darknet in search of child abuse images. He said that he had not downloaded the illegal pictures found on his computer. Instead, Croes had accessed the darknet in search of illegal substances. Somehow, he “stumbled” onto a website that offered child abuse content. ... Read More »

Three Students Arrested for Dark Web Drug Trafficking

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India expressed through its annual report of 2017 the need to monitor the dark web due to its increased use in drug trafficking while using bitcoin as the currency of choice. The report indicated the fact that darknet users have no direct contact with vendors and law enforcement, as the biggest reason more Indians ... Read More »

35 arrested in dark web illegal drugs and arms sweep

Over 35 dark web drugs and arms dealers have been arrested in a nation-wide bust by a joint operation between the US Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Secret Service (USSS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). This bust was the first nation-wide undercover operation to sweep dark web ... Read More »

US House of Representatives Passes Bill Against Illegal Use of Cryptocurrencies.

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill intended to help prevent the illegal use of cryptocurrencies. The bill is meant to stop the use of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, monero, dash, and Zcash, in online markets to carry out illegal activities such as drug and sex trafficking. Currently, the biggest dark web marketplaces support the use of more than ... Read More »

Ironic murder of a Japanese cyber crime expert and blogger

A Japanese cyber crime expert and blogger was found stabbed in a restroom and pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after. This shocking murder of Kenichiro Okamoto, by an online user with whom he had an online feud is taking the news world by storm. In an ironic revelation, he was attacked shortly after delivering a speech at a conference ... Read More »

‘JCC hoax bomber’ Convicted in Serial Bomb Threat Case

At the Tel Aviv District Court, the 19-year-old responsible for sending more than 2,000 bomb threats to public buildings and institutions was convicted so far only for his numerous crimes committed as an adult. As the Jerusalem Post reported, the courts have not yet taken any action concerning the crimes committed as a minor. According to documents from the U.S. ... Read More »