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Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Bulk Buying Cannabis off The Dark Web.

Postal service providers play a big role in the dark web drug trade; they facilitate delivery of drug packages unknowingly. Dependence on postal services to deliver packages has proven to be a big challenge to dark web drug trade, as postal inspectors have been intercepting mailed packages leading to arrests and subsequent prosecution of alleged package owners. Jesse McMahon, 25, ... Read More »

28.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

More Prison Time for Ex-Agent in Silk Road Case The Department of Justice announced that Shaun Bridges, a corrupt Secret Service agent who investigated Ross Ulbricht, will spend even more time in prison. He had previously received a six-year prison sentence for stealing $800,000 in Bitcoin during the Silk Road investigation. The additional two years stemmed from a case involving ... Read More »

Day Trader Used Bitcoin to Hide Earnings from the SEC

A 42-year-old day trader named Joseph P. Willner caught charges relating to illegal broker account usage and market manipulation through a scheme involving Bitcoin and private messaging applications. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission press release, Willner and an accomplice collected more than $700,000 through their “after hours” scheme. Willner’s partner had access to more than 100 brokerage accounts ... Read More »

Dealer Busted After Buying Counterfeit Euros on the Darknet

In the town of Brilon in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided a 20-year-old who had ordered counterfeit money on the darknet. To the Federal Criminal Police Office’s (BKA) surprise, they could not find any counterfeit banknotes on the 20-year-old’s property, despite their own intelligence that indicated otherwise. Instead, the BKA found a cache of drugs “in ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Seller Sentenced to Five Months in Austria

Towards the end of October, Spain’s Guardia Civil department arrested a former Alphabay firearm vendor. With cooperation from Europol, international law enforcement agencies also arrested six of the vendor’s customers. The investigation led to the discovery that the 24-year-old vendor had shipped weapons to at least 30 customers in 11 countries. Several days after the announcement, a Salzburg judge convicted ... Read More »

Some countries are opening doors to adopt cryptocurrencies in a larger scale

Different countries around the world are facilitating the use of cryptocurrencies for monetary operations. Estonia Estonia, known already for being a technologically leading country, deeply analyzed and proposed, is set to issue a new legal cryptocurrency, named Estocoin, that would be recognized as a legal currency. Kaspar Korjus, Managing Director at e-Residency, posted in a Blog that the country would ... Read More »

Russia Clash with the U.S over Extradition of Cybercriminal from Greece

Reports from a Greek judicial official reveals that Russia and the United States have once locked horns again after Russia sought an extradition of a Russian national believed to be a cybercriminal who was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States. Aleksandr Vinnik was the mastermind of the crime organization accused of laundering over $4 billion in ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to Community Service for Sharing Child Porn

Oliver R., sentenced only to 60 hours of community labor, distributed 2,558 pictures and 132 videos of child abuse on a darknet forum. His defense? He had “felt the urgent need for contact.” The so-called ”pedophile ring” on the darknet had accepted him, he told a Munich court on September 21. According to the news agencies that covered the story, ... Read More »

Authorities Arrest Three on a Darknet Drug Trade

The Italian authorities intercepted three kilos of marijuana and other substances ordered from the Darknet within the week. An investigation coordinated by Nicola Russo led to the arrest of three individuals. Their names were not given by the authorities as investigation were still in progress. However, the information gathered from the arrest revealed that the ages of the arrested traffickers ... Read More »

Research PSA: DNM Vendors Survey

Posted at the request of Prof. David Décary-Hétu’s (profile here) and Marie Ouellet’s (profile here), Both have the full confidence and endorsment of DDW who has been following their work for the past few years: Are you selling drugs online? Do you have a few minutes to help us improve our understanding of the harm reduction capacity of cryptomarkets? If ... Read More »

19 Year Old On Trial For Darknet Video Related to Knife Murder

A nineteen-year-old boy who murdered two people with a knife appeared in court last week. Marcel Hesse lured a nine-year-old boy identified as Jaden to his basement and stabbed him 52 times in March 2017. He then uploaded a video of himself on the Darknet boasting of the murder. He also shared the video on WhatsApp saying that: “I know ... Read More »

The accused had ordered cocaine, marijuana and weapons on the Internet. Photo: dpa

Man Charged for Ordering Cocaine and Speed in 2015

On Wednesday, the District Court of Hannover reported a set of charges in a case against an alleged drug dealer from Hannover. According to the court, the accused 29-year-old “drug dealer” had ordered cocaine and amphetamine from a darknet marketplace. In total, the alleged dealer had ordered more than three and a half kilograms of the substances. He paid a ... Read More »