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Darknet Gun Buyer Busted in Germany

Customs investigators in Frankfurt, Germany, have arrested a 38-year-old from Bremen for allegedly purchasing two weapons and more than 500 rounds of ammunition. A special unit with the Frankfurt Customs Office conducted the investigation during an extensive operation targeting the illegal weapons trade on the darknet. According to an announcement on zoll.de, the official website of German Customs, investigators completed ... Read More »

Inmate Orders Mail Bomb on Darknet to Kill Ex-Wife

Two men have been convicted of attempted murder after purchasing mail bombs on the darkweb to kill an ex-wife. Michael Young Jr. 31, is serving a 50 year sentence for attempting to kill his ex-wife, and also, for murdering his father in law in 2007. Together with Vance Volious Jr. 36, an accomplice, they have been convicted of ordering explosive ... Read More »

UNODC to Provide Training on Cryptocurrencies and Cybercrimes

Cybercrimes have dominated news headlines and discussions so much so that we now risk getting paralyzed by this global problem. This is according to Yury Fedotov the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Cybercrimes (UNODC). It is important to have global international cooperation and support of cybersecurity in order to cope with this ever-evolving threat. Cybercrimes ... Read More »

Hydra launches narcologist bot on Telegram

Drug overdose has made victor thousands of people throughout the world each year. Many times, these unfortunate deaths could be avoided if there were people able to give first help or completely eliminate the effects of an overdose. Russian darknet market Hydra encourages users to do drugs deliberately and take into account all possible risks. For this purpose the marketplace ... Read More »

Another Utah Man Charged in Pharma-Master Case

The Pharma-Master case keeps getting larger, as the pile of evidence keeps stacking in favor of the prosecution, and the number of superseding indictments keeps climbing. In late April, charges filed in U.S. District Court accused another Utah man of working with Aaron Michael Shamo aka Pharma-Master. According to the charges, Jonathan Luke Paz helped the “nation’s largest fentanyl trafficking ... Read More »

Marijuana Dealer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs sentenced Justin Polson, 29, to five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and participation in a money laundering conspiracy. Polson, according to court documents, participated in a marijuana distribution conspiracy worth $3 million. In addition to the five years in federal prison without parole, Judge Sachs required Polson’s share of the earnings ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendor ‘EtiKing’ Sentenced to Life in Prison

On April 27, U.S. District Judge Paul Byron sentenced Jeremy Achey, 43, to life in prison. Achey sold fentanyl analogues on Alphabay and other darknet markets under the name ‘EtiKing’. A federal jury previously convicted Achey of conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl analogues) and distribution of controlled substance analogues. A 2017 investigation led to the arrest of Achey following the fatal ... Read More »

Fake Percocet Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

In a statement to the press, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Katherine Terpstra revealed Tyler Liming, 26, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling fake Percocet pills to someone who fatally overdosed. Prosecutors, on April 26, said that the police investigation proved that Liming had been buying counterfeit Percocet pills from a vendor on the darknet and redistributing them ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Guilty of 20 Counts of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Josh Minkler, in a statement to the press published on the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Indiana, announced that Adrian Grisanti, 46, was convicted on 20 counts of various child pornography charges and one count of destruction of evidence. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced the verdict after a four-day trial in New ... Read More »

Utah Man Accused of Manufacturing and Selling drugs on the dark web

A Utah Cottonwood Heights man accused of running an international illicit drug ring selling and manufacturing of illegal drugs has been arrested. A four-week jury trial has been scheduled beginning August 20th. On Wednesday, the attorneys of some of his alleged accomplices said in court that they were still negotiating on some non-contentious issues concerning the case with prosecutors. Shamo ... Read More »

Kentucky Man Arrested, Convicted Of Child Pornography

Adrian Grisanti, a 46-year-old man from Louisville, Kentucky, has been found guilty on 20 counts linked to child pornography and an additional count of destroying evidence, according to reports from US Attorney Josh Minkler. Grisanti’s conviction came after a 4-day trial under Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, in Indiana. Child porn, which is one of the most disgusting crimes on the ... Read More »

Global Operation Takes Down DDoS-for-Hire Site

On April 24, international law enforcement agencies announced several arrests connected to Webstresser.org, the so-called “largest” booter or stresser service available to the general public. Many of the countries involved in the investigation issued press releases that detailed the arrest of operators in several countries. The international investigation, as explained in a press release from the Dutch police, involved as ... Read More »

Cybercrime Revenue Estimated To Be $1.5 Trillion

To examine the dynamics of cybercrime and its economic monetary performance, Bromium has conducted a research into the cyberspace, revealing an annual revenue as high as $1.5 trillion. The study called “into the web of profit” focused on revenue flow and profit distribution. The CEO of Bromium said that the study was meant to provide an overview analogy of how ... Read More »

German Man Busted for Amphetamine Orders

According to an announcement from police in Gifhorn, Lower Saxony, Germany, the arrest of two darknet dealers in the Netherlands led to the arrest of a 22-year-old in Brome. The press release all but named the two vendors who recently landed in custody in the Netherlands for a massive darknet drug trafficking operation. Dutch authorities knew the arrests would not ... Read More »

Berlin Customs Allegedly Identified Nearly 1,500 Darknet Drug Buyers

According to information obtained by Berliner Morgenpost, the Berlin-Brandenburg Customs Office may have identified as many as 1,500 darknet drug customers in a single operation. The investigation itself, the newspaper reported, has already been completed. By the time the paper had learned of the investigation, the prosecution had already started preparing charges. Internet specialists and digital forensic experts of the ... Read More »