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UK Attorney General Wages War on Dark Web Cybercrime

The United Kingdom’s Attorney General last week spoke out about how the government was applying the international cyberspace laws. Speaking at the Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs, Jeremy Wright said that cyberspace is an integral part of the international community and its law base. The UK had boundaries to comply with what behaviors were acceptable by the state ... Read More »

Money Laundering Case in Israel Leads to the Seizure of 1000 Bitcoins

On May 21, Hilmi Git was arraigned by the cybercrime division of the State Attorney’s office of Hebron, Israel for supposedly utilizing more than 800 Israeli credit cards to complete 20,000 false exchanges and laundering the cash using bitcoin. The indictment, documented in the Tel Aviv locale courts, affirms that the exchanges they guarantee Git made add up to over ... Read More »

Pedophile “Copyrighted” Images with Darknet Forum Username

Dashawn Webster, 22, signed up for a darknet child abuse forum with a real email address he had regularly accessed from his home I.P. address. Authorities discovered child abuse pictures on several darknet forums that shared a “copyright” watermark with his forum username. Federal investigators found an account on a darknet forum that had uploaded original copies of the pictures, ... Read More »

Fugitive Fentanyl Analogue Dealer Indicted in Chicago

After two years on the run in Mexico, Rolando Estrada, 42, returned to the United States to face furanyl fentanyl importation and distribution charges. His arrest and extradition involved collaboration between the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Police, Federal Immigration Agents, and other law enforcement agencies. Estrada, according to 2016 court documents, imported fentanyl analogs from a chemical company ... Read More »

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 »

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Supervision Sentence for Australian Meth Buyer

Magistrate Elaine Campione, at Joondalup Magistrates Court, sentenced a 44-year-old man from Greenwood to 12-months supervision for ordering methamphetamine from the darknet. He had already pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to supply cannabis. The court noted that the so-called “high purity” methamphetamine concerned authorities. They reported the meth’s purity touched 82 percent. Of course, the ... 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 »