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Guilty Pedophile Walks Free After Years of Investigation

Five years after the investigation began, Detective Garda Kieran Murphy received incriminating evidence from the suspect’s computers, he told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The detective explained that in 2010, Interpol provided the Garda with the information—a mere IP address—of a suspected child pornography viewer. A brief investigation followed wherein investigators discovered that a 37-year-old IT expert downloaded child pornography from ... Read More »

USPS Employee Helped Dealers Ship Cocaine

In July 2016, seven men pleaded guilty violating federal narcotics and money laundering laws. Another man pleaded guilty shortly afterwards as part of the same indictment. That indictment accused former United States postmaster Joseph Borrelli of the same crimes. On April 7, 2017, United States District Judge Arthur Schwab sentenced the ex-USPS employee to four years imprisonment for conspiracy to ... Read More »

Teen Skips School for a Darkweb Weapons Deal

A 14-year-old appeared before a judge at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court. He faced the charge of attempting to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, the arresting officer explained. She, the police officer made the arrest and played the role of an online weapons vendor. The suspect told her that he attempted to purchase the gun for a Jamaican man ... Read More »

Drug Seizures in Germany Up 232 Percent

The Frankfurt Airport Customs Office, more often than not, is at the center of many deep web drug crimes in Germany. This is with good reason; the customs office serves as a major hub for both people and mail. And not only a hub for those in the region, the Frankfurt Airport Customs Office connects one part of the world ... Read More »

Europol Links Darknet Markets and Terrorism

Europol—via themselves, law enforcement, the private sector, or otherwise—continually made Bitcoin-related appearances over the last five years. And according to the most recent study that involved Bitcoin and illegal firearm trade, illegal firearm dealers moved to the darknet. Not just any firearm dealers (I.e., vendors), but organized crime vendors. Europol quietly pushed a connection between organized crime, the dark web, ... Read More »

Facebook Loses Appeal Against Bulk Warrant

On Tuesday, April 4, a New York state court denied Facebook’s objection to a slew of search warrants that demanded access to 381 user accounts. Facebook argued that the warrants—all issued by the News York State Attorney’s Office—violated a person’s right to privacy, including privacy rights outlined in the Constitution. As with the warrant obtained in the playpen case, Facebook ... Read More »

Tax Fraud Up 6,000 Percent as W-2s Fill Darknet Markets

Internet scams are nothing new. Every time one scam gets outdated, the scammer move from one scam to the next. And while people may have learned that those emails never came from African prince and princesses, they started falling for new scams. IBM’s X-Force found a 6,000 percent increase in email fraud between December 2016 and January 2017. The researchers, ... Read More »

250g Amphetamine Buyer to See a Judge in April

In late 2016, a 24-year-old man from Bad Ischl in Upper Austria caught the investigative eye of Customs officials at the Frankfurt airport.Police simply intercepted, by chance, a package of amphetamine headed directly for the man, bearing his name. Authorities from Customs in Frankfurt sent word of the package seizure to law enforcement in Austria and an arrest occurred shortly ... Read More »

Another School Teacher Found Guilty for Child Porn

A Penarth man started serving an eight-month prison sentence following the results of his early April hearing at Newport Crown Count. The man, 45-year-old Paul Bulpin, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images and three counts of possessing indecent images of children. After his arrest on March 2 of this year, Bulpin explained that he downloaded child pornography ... Read More »

Buyer Busted After Using the Wrong Name for Shipping

On March 31, 2017, a 23-year-old computer science student stood in front of a judge at a courthouse in Toulouse, France. He faced charges linked to the distribution—as well as possession and consumption—of numerous drugs on a darknet marketplace. The actual charges stemmed from a mishandled ecstasy purchase, but when police raided the man’s home, they found “a real supermarket” ... Read More »

Four Admit Guilt In Marijuana Conspiracy

In December 2015, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced an eight count indictment filed against six people from the area. The grand jury indictment accused six with their involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy and four with related drug crimes such as possession. Many received money laundering charges. In April 2017, four of the six pleaded guilty to serious ... Read More »

New Zealand Improves at Intercepting Mailed Substances

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime registers, every week, a new “designer drug,” a senior scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research explained. He explained that chemists created designer drugs for two major reasons. He only cared about one. The one he focused on involved avoiding detection at New Zealand’s borders. Substance detection at the New Zealand ... Read More »

Feds Intercept Two Fentanyl Analog Packs From China

According to a recent announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio, Customs officers seized an international package filled with narcotics. Then they seized a second one. Both packages contained a recently-scheduled fentanyl analog. According to the announcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection received word of the package as it shipped from China to a United ... Read More »

Back-to-Back Vulnerabilities Found in LastPass

A look at Google trends for topics and news searches that contain “password” and “hacking” show what one might expect. Ever since Google started publishing the data, both topics never left the eye of the public. However both grew and then declined in search popularity. Hacking, though, almost always outweigh outweighed searches about passwords. People frequently searched for hacked passwords. ... Read More »

One School Lost 120K .Edu Emails to the Darknet

A report issued by the Digital Citizens Alliance revealed, to the public, a data collection some called “a national security threat.” ID Agent, a company that helped collect data and publish the report, said that researchers found 120,000 University of Michigan e-mail addresses accessible on the darknet (Scribd). (Original PDF available here.) The problem increased over a 12-month period; although ... Read More »