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5.6.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

Dread has Relaunched Not long ago, DeepDotWeb wrote about an incident between the creator of the Dread and the staff at Olympus market that abruptly ended Dread’s status as a Reddit replacement. The Dread owner, HugBunter, later told DeepDotWeb that a new version of the site was already in the works. Towards the end of the month of May, that ... Read More »

Feds Busted Darknet Cocaine Vendor “JetSetLife”

Federal authorities, according to court documents filed on May 16, arrested the man suspected of controlling “JetSetLife,” the account of one of the most successful cocaine dealers on the darknet. JetSetLife (JSL) started selling cocaine on Silk Road and then continued to sell on almost every known darknet marketplace that emerged after Silk Road fell. Even though JSL moved massive ... Read More »

Alphabay Fraud Vendor Sentenced to a Decade in Prison

On Friday, May 25, Judge Michael Gledhill of Southwark Crown Court sentenced Grant West, 26, to 128 months in prison for crimes committed as the Alphabay fraud vendor “Courvoisier.” The man, formerly known only as an Alphabay “full” vendor that allegedly scammed customers as frequently as he defrauded companies, caused several million dollars in damage to companies he attacked. And ... Read More »

Greenwich Man Faces Fresh Fraud Charges Awaiting Sentence

George Avrido faces charges after pleading guilty to using dubious means to forge fake checks to steal from customers. He has been charged for using someone’s credit card to pay for a rented apartment in Biltmore building on Greyrock Place, as well. According to the affidavit, Avridor contacted someone on the darknet to assist him in the forgery. He used ... Read More »

How a Phone Upgrade Sent a Pedophile to Prison

A so-called “sex-obsessed loner” will be spending the next three years in prison for downloading and possessing hours of child abuse videos he had downloaded from chatrooms and forums on both the darknet and clearnet. Although the 21-year-old’s “obsession with sex” led to his prison sentence, his decision to trade his cell phone for an upgraded version ultimately secured his ... Read More »

Child Sex Tourist Caught in a Sting Operation in the Philippines

An American pedophile who had been living in Korea literally landed in a police custody sheet house plane touched down at an airport in the Philippines where he had arranged a meeting with someone he assumed was a 17-year-old girl. International authorities had been monitoring the man’s activity on the darknet and clearnet and had prepared for his arrival in ... Read More »

Virginia Nurse Practitioner Admits Drug Trafficking Scheme

Matthew Justin Sykes, a nurse practitioner who formerly worked at a drug rehabilitation facility, pleaded to numerous charges connected to illegally distributing drugs from the darknet and from unlawfully obtained prescriptions. As a nurse practitioner, Sykes had a valid registration number that allowed him to write prescriptions for controlled substances. While working as a medical professional, Sykes had been selling ... Read More »

Drug Buyer Busted After Stuffing Potatoes into Hotel Bathtub

James Johnson, 30, walked out of a courtroom without a prison sentence after police in Eastleigh had arrested him for possessing 2CB and 5-MAPB during a “bizarre” five-day binge that involved women’s clothing and a bathtub filled with potatoes. During the hearing at Southampton Crown Court, Judge Peter Henry described the man’s case as “bizarre.” If nothing else, this case ... Read More »

Soldier Jailed After Filming Himself Rape Child on the Darknet

A 50 year-old Freiburg man will serve an 8 year prison sentence after being found guilty of raping children. It was revealed he also shared his videos on the dark web. The verdict came in last week at the local district court in Germany. He was also ordered to pay 12,500 euros for court fees rendered. Image courtesy of Süddeutsche ... Read More »

Four Ecstasy Vendors Arrested in the Netherlands

According to an announcement from the Dutch National Public Prosecution Service, Dutch law enforcement arrested four men for suspected drug production and darknet drug distribution. The announcement accused the men of producing, among other drugs in smaller quantities, massive amounts of ecstasy. The announcement also used a phrase uncommonly seen in similar darknet drug busts: it said the darknet vendor ... Read More »

Slovakian Man Busted for Ordering 970 Ecstasy Pills

The Criminal Police in the Slovakian town of Trnava, along with Slovakia’s financial police, announced on Facebook that they had arrested a major ecstasy trafficker. The dealer, they announced, had been selling the drugs through the darknet and shipping the ecstasy inside of various forms of both non-descript and uniquely designed packages. Slovakian authorities, after an investigation of an unknown ... Read More »

Napoli Group Counterfeiters Arrested in Bavarian Operation

The Bavarian State Office for Criminal Investigation seized more than 100,000 counterfeit Euro notes during a lengthy investigation into a so-called called “counterfeiting gang” responsible for producing and selling counterfeit Euro notes in Naples, Italy. Some readers might remember a connection between Naples and counterfeit Euro notes. The connection, as investigations conducted by Europol and law enforcement in both Italy ... Read More »

USPS Employee Admits Selling Drugs on the Darknet

In a federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, Cory Nicholas Skinner, 32, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and admitted that he had been operating a vendor account on the Dream darknet market. The 32-year-old admitted that he had worked as a United States Post Office employee while distributing cocaine, heroin, and buprenorphine on the darknet. Both United States Attorney for ... Read More »

Will Dream Market’s Fentanyl Ban Save Lives?

Dream market recently issued a ban on fentanyl sales and surprised many users in the process. The decision to ban fentanyl came somewhat unexpectedly. All Dream updates have taken place quietly, but many feel that banning fentanyl goes against the very nature of the Dream administration. The list of banned products has looked the same for several years. And although ... Read More »