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Major Dream Vendor Busted in Germany

  The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) made yet another significant bust in November. This time, according to the BKA’s press release, German authorities arrested a so-called “top vendor” on both the Hansa and Dream Marketplaces. The vendor, a 29-year-old German National, used the pseudonyms “mrdrogenkommandant” and “drogenfahndung.” BKA investigators, the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT), and ... Read More »

Napoli Group Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to House Arrest

Carmine Guerriero, one of the main actors associated with the international counterfeiting ring known as the “Napoli Group,” received a five year sentence for his role in the crime syndicate’s activities. For the widespread distribution of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Euros, Guerriero will spend five years under house arrest. The Guardia di Finanza arrested Guerriero in December 2016. More ... Read More »

Chemical Love Kingpin’s Dad Fights for Acquittal

In 2016, German authorities arrested five men for distributing drugs in the darknet and clearnet under the name “Chemical Love.” A German court announced that one of these men, a former professional football player for VfB Stuttgart, will be sentenced on November 30. The prosecution is asking for four and a half years of incarceration. Walter Kelsch, the 61-year-old defendant, ... Read More »

Interpol and Cisco Team Up to Fight Cybercrime

On November 20, Cisco and Interpol took a step forward in their battles against cybercrime by forming a partnership that will see them intensify the fight against cybercrime. According to Cisco’s statement the alliance will see the two organizations develop a coordinated and focused approach to data sharing. This not only will allow for quick threat detection around the world, ... Read More »

28 Overdose death linked to Darknet drug ring in Utah

Utah has been hit by drug overdoses in recent years, and the number of overdose cases recorded increases year after year. Statistically, at least one person dies of a drug overdose every day. Opioid overdoses have been reported to kill more people than gun violence and accident fatalities. Authorities in Utah have launched an investigation into a recent drug overdose ... Read More »

Drug Trafficker with a Pistol Disputes “Armed Drug Trafficker” Charge

After a 45-year-old from Baden-Württemberg admitted he had grown and trafficked cannabis, bought opioids from the darknet, and bought a gun from the darknet, the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor’s Office pressed the court for a prison sentence of more than four years. They claimed he committed armed drug trafficking. His defense attorney pushed for a shorter sentence of just under four ... Read More »

Six Fraudsters Arrested in Darknet Carding Scheme

The Tübingen police office and public prosecutor arrested six suspects for allegedly using stolen bank and card information to buy expensive electronics and reselling them through various internet mediums. Tübingen police arrested the so-called “nationwide computer fraud gang” after months of complaints from victims of identity theft. According to the Tübingen police, the computer fraud gang both purchased stolen information ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Attempted Child Prostitution on the Darknet

A 36-year-old Berlin man assumed the fictitious identity of a 13-year-old girl and preyed on children through social networks and messaging applications for five years until German authorities arrested him in 2017. Judge Regina Alex, in late November, sentenced the sexual predator to four years in prison. The defendant, an event manager named Alexander G., never physically touched a child. ... Read More »

5.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Germany: Dutch Dark Web Drug Dealer Arrested with Drugs worth $3.5 million A joint press conference by Wuppertal police and the Wuppertal Prosecutor’s Office revealed that a special taskforce caught a “large-scale” darknet drug trafficker. The raid on all three of the suspect’s properties yielded more than 200 kilograms of drugs (some reports claim up to 400 kilograms). He was ... Read More »

Massachusetts Man Guilty of Drug Importation

In a federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, a Palmer man pleaded guilty to his role in illegally importing controlled substances for a Pakistani drug company. According to court documents, 64-year-old Harry Aliengena ordered thousands of drugs from overseas and redistributed them to the company’s so-called customers. Aliengena pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import controlled substances, two counts of felony importation ... Read More »

Man Indicted for Running an Illegal Online Pharmacy

According to Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song, 57-year-old Rashid Mohammad Khan ordered and distributed illegal medications online between March 2015 and January 2017. A four count indictment accuses Khan of participation in a fraudulent drug importation and distribution scheme. While participating with members of the conspiracy, Khan focused on the distribution of specific drugs. Overseas drug distributors, both ... Read More »

Germany Cyber Agency Seeks Approval for Cyber Counterstrikes

According to reports, the president of Germany’s new cyber security agency Zitis has come up with a suggestion stating that spy agencies in Germany should have the power to retaliate against cybercriminals whenever there is a hack. In an interview on the 22nd of November, Wilfried Karl expressed his concern about the issue saying as a citizen, the expectation towards ... Read More »

Man in Dark Web Child Pornography Case Sentenced to 9 Months

On November, 22, 32-year-old Nicholas S. Jernigan was sentenced to nine months in prison for possessing child pornography. Judge Brent Robinson of Richard County Common Pleas, gave Jernigan prison time for pleading guilty pandering obscenity involving a minor and five years’ probation for nine other counts. During the plea hearing Judge Robinson explained that the pandering obscenity involving a minor ... Read More »

Justice does not know what to do with bitcoins

Bitcoin News Roundup 3.12.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Nasdaq to launch bitcoin futures by mid-2018 According to reports, Nasdaq Inc, the world’s second largest stock market, is set to enable bitcoin futures trading by mid-2018. The financial institution, along with major financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., is rushing to integrate the cryptocurrency given its recent all-time ... Read More »

Mozilla Quietly Adds Features From Tor Browser to Firefox

In 2017, the developers at Mozilla have quietly added several features to Firefox that originated from the Tor Project’s Tor Browser. The new features come from the Tor Uplift project, which helps Mozilla integrate patches to Firefox that are used in the Tor Browser. The Tor Uplift project patches to Firefox help increase privacy and security, and the project has ... Read More »