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Six Indicted in Darknet Fentanyl Distribution Ring

On May 31, a Federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment that charged five more individuals in what authorities called the nation’s largest fentanyl trafficking ring. The original indictment charged only one man with fentanyl distribution, later discovered to be an Alphabay vendor. The Utah-based “group” could press several thousand pills and sold, through the darknet, to “every corner of ... Read More »

18.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Update: One PlayPen Member May Only Serve Four Years We wrote about the prosecution’s request that former US Army combat engineer David Tippens serve four years in prison for possession of child pornography. Four years in prison for one of the men caught in Operation Pacifier seemed low at the time. But since the judge opted to render the FBI’s ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, June 18, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitmain announced a UASF contingency plan, the User Activated Hard Fork (UAHF) Bitcoin’s scaling debate is getting harder and harder to follow. A part of the Bitcoin community is to activate the BIP 148 User Activated Soft Fork (UASF) on August 1. The plan is to only accept blocks ... Read More »

Norway Opened 33 New Cases In Operation Dark Room Child Porn Investigation

According to the Norwegian news publication newsinenglish.no, law enforcement authorities in Norway started 33 new child pornography-related cases in the past six months. The Bergen police, who are leading Norway’s largest investigation into online child pornography called Operation Dark Room, announced on May 30 that they had opened 33 new cases in the past six months. Law enforcement authorities estimate ... Read More »

Silk Road Founder Loses Life Sentence Appeal

On May 31, 2017, a federal appeals court upheld the rulings made by US District Judge Kathleen Forrest and thereby confirmed Ross Ulbricht’s life sentence. Ulbricht received a lifetime in prison without a chance of parole in 2015. His defense prepared “dozens of pages” that challenged her decisions. The judges dismissed everything brought to their attention. However, the the three ... Read More »

Five Years in Prison for Cannabinoid Analogue Supplier

C. Aliens Five Years in Prison for Cannabinoid Analogue Supplier In 2014, the DoJ indicted the owners of an Olathe-based business that distributed $16 million in synthetic cannabinoids in two years. The indictment named several top-level co-defendants who either produced the drugs or bought the drugs in wholesale volume. One of those co-defendants, Michelle Reulet of Montgomery, Texas, recently received ... Read More »

Four Members Of Criminal Group Arrested In The United States For Weapon Trafficking

In a multi-agency investigation, U.S. law enforcement authorities managed to arrest four suspects in Georgia. Two of the defendants were already charged with firearm trafficking. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, the 28-year-old Gerren Johnson of Austell and the 29-year-old William Jackson of East Point were arrested in May. Court documents stated that the two ... Read More »

Six Arrested In Germany For Selling Narcotics On The Dark Web

On May 31, the Special Deployment Commando (SEK) arrested six people in the area of Aachen, Germany for selling drugs, including amphetamine, on the dark web. On May 31 evening, the SEK was tasked to perform two raids in Aachen. The first assignment took place on the corner street at about 5:00 pm, however, shortly after 7 pm, there was ... Read More »

Hacker leaks Naked Pics at dark web stolen from Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

Hackers broke in Grozio Chirurgija, a cosmetic surgery clinic and stole about 25,000 private photographs including nude photographs as well as personal information. The deputy chief of Lithuania’s criminal police bureau Andzejus Raginskis told reporters about a group of hackers called Tsar Team. They broke into the servers of the Grozio Chirurgija clinic earlier this year and demanded a ransom ... Read More »

Corrupt Fed’s “Frivolous” Appeal Denied in Silk Road Case

At least two former members of the US law enforcement agencies tasked with taking down the Silk Road demonstrated gross abuse of power. One of the two, a former Secret Service agent named Shaun W. Bridges, stole more than $800,000 in bitcoins from Silk Road accounts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg convicted Bridges of the theft in 2015 and ... Read More »

Highly Educated Young Users are Leading Illicit Dark Web Narcotics Trade

The Global Drug Survey and its lead researcher Monica Barratt have found that highly educated young users have been leading illicit dark web narcotics trade over the past year. According to the findings of the Global Drug Survey, users of dark web that order illicit drugs and narcotics using darknet marketplaces are likely to be male, young and recipients of ... Read More »

Austria One Step Closer to Mass Surveillance

Following the attack in Manchester, some political groups fought for complete government supervision over instant messaging. WhatsApp messenger especially. The Social Democratic Party of Austria and Austrian People’s Party pushed for increased government oversight far before the Manchester attacks. But the recent attacks add ammunition to their agendas. And now the country faces a true constitutional crisis—deliberating whether or not ... Read More »

MasterCard Starts DNM Credit Card Search in Brazil

Patricio Hernández, CIO of MasterCard, announced that the company began the deployment of a new early detection system in Latin America. The system itself is not new; the United States and Europe already benefit from the protection it provides. It is new to Latin America though. Hernández explained that the system scanned the deep and dark web for credit card ... Read More »

Two Buyers Arrested for 250 Pill DNM Purchase

On February 11, 2017, customs officials at the Vienna Schwechat airport intercepted a package of 250 ecstasy pills. The ecstasy originated from the Netherlands—a red flag for law enforcement. Several months later, following an investigation by Austrian law enforcement, the district police in Volkermarkt arrested the buyer of the package. The Netherlands is well-known as one of the greatest exporters ... Read More »