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Feds to Sell Alleged Darknet Dealer’s Bitcoin

In December, a federal judge signed an order that allowed the U.S. government to sell bitcoin seized in an investigation into a fentanyl trafficking ring in Utah. Even though the defendants and original owners of the assets still faced charges in court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to sell the digital currency and vehicles prior to any sentencing, citing the ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendor ‘Courvoisier’ Pleaded Guilty to UK Hacking Charges

Grant West, a 25-year-old UK man, has pleaded guilty to stealing customer details from 17 major websites and reselling the information on the darknet. He admitted attacking Uber, T-Mobile, Groupon, Vitality, Coral Betting, AO.com, the British Cardiovascular Society, Mighty Deals Limited, Truly Experiences Ltd, Ladbrokes, Asda, Argos, Nectar, M R Porter, RS Feva Class Association 2017, Just Eat, and Sainsburys. ... Read More »

Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Hiring a Hitman on the Darknet

In Lyngby, Denmark, a 58-year-old woman received a six year prison sentence for trying to have a man killed through a darknet murder-for-hire service. The first public mentions of the case occurred only a couple of months before the sentence hearing, even though Danish authorities arrested the woman in early 2017. Informative case details only started surfacing after the December ... Read More »

Ex Cop Sentenced for Buying a Gun on the Darknet

After falling into a trap set by undercover officers on the darknet, for PSNI officer Allan Kennedy will be spending the next 5.5 years behind bars. He admitted attempting to purchase a 9mm pistol and silencer from the undercover officer. After his arrest, police discovered evidence that indicated the former police officer had been selling drugs—another crime Kennedy pleaded guilty ... Read More »

Research: Exploring the Regulation System and Market Culture of AlphaBay

Legal marketplaces are governed by federal state law, and market participants hold the right to resort to legal recourse whenever they might be faced with fraudulent behavior. Law enforcement promotes insurance, stability and transparency of commerce taking place across legal markets. Interestingly enough, illegal markets have to somehow emulate the main approaches adopted by legal markets to become successful and ... Read More »

Research: Most Studies that Examined the Structure of Darknet Communities Weren’t Accurate!

Throughout the past decade, the popularity of Darknet usage has been skyrocketing secondary to the public’s concern regarding their privacy and anonymity on the internet. Most research studies delving into the structural features of darknet communities during the past few years, concluded that most activities taking place in various darknet communities are more or less illegal. However, more recently, many ... Read More »

3.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt The story of the self-proclaimed model who cried “Black Death Group” refuses to stop making headlines. This time, Chloe Ayling’s alleged kidnapper—who slept beside her and went shoe shopping with her—claimed that she had invented the entire narrative. She had allegedly wanted to further her modelling career through a story about human ... Read More »

Using Bitcoin Transaction Analysis In Deanonymizing Users of Tor Hidden Services

Anonymity over the world wide web has never been a more critical issue. To achieve bulletproof anonymity, multiple solutions are being currently implemented by internet users all over the world. The most popular of which is the Tor network that represents the busiest anonymous communication network on the internet serving millions of users every day. Tor also enables webmasters to ... Read More »

Man Arrested by ‘Almost Ten’ Officers for Ordering Five Pills

In Switzerland, authorities charged a 25-year-old man with violations of the Narcotics Act after he ordered five ecstasy pills from a darknet vendor that the police intercepted. The suspect asked the vendor for a reship, but instead of the drugs at his door, he said he found “almost ten policemen.” He argued that the overkill caused him emotional distress. Despite ... Read More »

UK Man Convicted for Buying Grenades on Alphabay

Another darknet market user has been convicted for trying to purchase weapons on the now-seized darknet marketplace Alphabay. The UK’s National Crime Agency announced, on December 15, that a Crown Court had found 46-year-old Paul Stellato guilty of attempting to possess ammunition with intent to danger life. The crime occurred on November 23, 2016. Under the name “cocaineking247,” Stellato reached ... Read More »

Teen Blames Darknet for Child Porn Found on His PC

Missouri police announced that a high school student had been charged with 21 counts of felony possession of child pornography. The activities surfaced when school faculty and a local police officer confronted 18-year-old McGwire Coleman at his high school about a completely unrelated crime. After Coleman confessed that he committed the crimes the school had accused him of committing, the ... Read More »

Cops are Investigating the Munich Gun Vendor’s Family

The public prosecutor in Cologne released several court documents that indicated the testimonies provided in the defense of a darknet weapons vendor had likely been fabricated. Family members of the vendor had seemingly practiced their statements before giving them to the authorities. Several days after the release of the documents, reporters spotted police vehicles and helicopters at the family’s houses ... Read More »

Two Dealers Busted in Austria After Package Interception

The National Police Directorate in Tyrol (LPD Tirol) announced the completion of an investigation into two teenage drug dealers. According to the Innsbruck prosecutor, the duo had imported drugs from Germany—through a darknet vendor—into the Austrian state of Tyrol. Police seized more than $27,000 worth of various illegal substances during a raid at one of the suspect’s houses. German authorities ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 31.12.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin exchange executive kidnapped, found alive and safe three days later According to various reports, a 40-year-old analyst at cryptocurrency exchange EXMO, Pavel Lerner, was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing dark clothes and balaclavas in Kiev, Ukraine, after leaving his company’s offices on December 26. At ... Read More »