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Bavarian Man Admits 34 Alphabay Orders in Court

At a court in Regensburg, Bavaria, a 20-year-old fraudster confused the court with continued confessions of crimes previously unknown to the prosecution. The young man had ordered both drugs and counterfeit currency from Alphabay vendors—information the defendant had revealed to investigators after an arrest for incitement to counterfeit money. No new charges can come from his confusing admissions of guilt. ... Read More »

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ross Ulbricht’s Case

In December of last year, the attorneys for Ross Ulbricht, the convicted creator of the original Silk Road darknet, had asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review Ulbricht’s case in a petition for a writ of certiorari they filed with the high court. But prior to the end of the Supreme Court’s term for this year, the ... Read More »

Childs Play Member Admits Guilt in Canadian Court

Canadian law enforcement played a significant role in the capture and incarceration of one of the two owners of the former darknet child abuse forum “Childs Play” and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have routinely demonstrated their willingness to keep children safe. While both MagicKingdom and Childs Play thrived as darknet child abuse sites, the user “Steps” concerned the police; ... Read More »

Alleged Dream Vendor Keeps Delaying His Court Appearances

In a move that surprised nobody, the Frenchman accused of running the “Oxymonster” vendor account on Dream successfully delayed his hearing in Florida where he faces a potential life sentence. The defendant, Gal Vallerius, 38, first caught media attention after he had stepped off a plane in Atlanta, Georgia, en route to a beard competition in Texas. The U.S. Drug ... Read More »

Alleged Darknet Dealers Fight FBI Evidence in Court

Five alleged darknet drug traffickers from Germany have managed to shake the groundwork of a case built by the U.S. FBI and Europol. During the trial at the Regional Court of Aachen, the defense attorneys had a heated debate with Judge Melanie Theiner regarding the use of the FBI and Europol intel as evidence during the trial. The lawyers successfully ... Read More »

UK’s Investigatory Powers Act Ruled Unlawful by Court

A United Kingdom law known as the Investigatory Powers Act, which authorizes mass surveillance, was recently ruled to be unlawful by the Court of Appeals in London. The Investigatory Powers Act is popularly known as the Snoopers Charter. The ruling from the three judge panel strikes down much of the Snoopers Charter. The challenge to the British mass surveillance law ... Read More »

Lisbon DMT Dealers Prepare for Upcoming Court Appearance

According to the District Attorney’s Office in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, two preventively arrested individuals sold massive amounts of psychedelic drugs on the darknet. Authorities are soon to try the traffickers in collective court. The suspects allegedly sold DMT, psilocin, psilocybin, LSD, and 2-CB to customers throughout Europe and the United States. During the arrest of the suspects, the ... Read More »

Ross Ulbricht Appeals Life Sentence to the Supreme Court

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the May 2015 conviction and sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, the founder and creator of the infamous darknet market SIlk Road. Ross is now appealing the Second Circuit Court’s ruling to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States. According to Kannon K. Shanmugam, the lawyer behind the appeal, presented two questions ... Read More »

Elysium Member Admits Guilt in Dresden Court

In July, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided an apartment and arrested a 39-year-old male. At the same time, a massive darknet child abuse forum called Elysium suddenly went dark. The apartment belonged to the owner of the forum and the BKA had seized his servers. Six months later, one of the 87,000 Elysium members appeared at the Dresden District ... Read More »

Court Date Set for Alleged Dream Market Moderator

Former Dream Market Senior Moderator Gal Vallerius received a date for his next court appearance. Vallerius has been in federal custody ever since landing in the United States on August 31. The alleged darknet market moderator and vendor faces drug distribution conspiracy charges in the Southern District of Florida. According to the DEA agent responsible for the investigation, Vallerius worked ... Read More »

Federal Court Orders Coinbase to Turn Over Records on 14,355 Customers to the IRS

In 2016, Bitcoin exchange Coinbase was ordered by a federal court in California to turn over customer information. On November 29th of this year the court ruled that Coinbase must turn over information on 14,355 customers to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The records involve customers who either bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 worth of Bitcoin. The ... Read More »

US Supreme Court Hears Landmark Cellphone Privacy Case

On Wednesday, November 29th oral arguments in the case of Carpenter v. United States began in the Supreme Court of the United States. The Carpenter v. United States case could have huge implications for digital privacy in the United States. Some privacy rights activists are calling this case the biggest case on digital privacy rights of this century. The court’s ... Read More »

Teen Darknet Buyer Told to “Grow Up” in Court

A 19-year-old, according to his own admission, had ordered a package of MDMA from a darknet vendor in Holland to “experiment” with the drug. The teenager considered himself a “psychonaut,” a police expert explained. Recorder Gareth Evans QC, who did not believe the teen had ordered MDMA for personal use, told the self-described psychonaut to “grow up.” On October 4, ... Read More »