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Two Dealers Busted in Austria After Package Interception

The National Police Directorate in Tyrol (LPD Tirol) announced the completion of an investigation into two teenage drug dealers. According to the Innsbruck prosecutor, the duo had imported drugs from Germany—through a darknet vendor—into the Austrian state of Tyrol. Police seized more than $27,000 worth of various illegal substances during a raid at one of the suspect’s houses. German authorities ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 31.12.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin exchange executive kidnapped, found alive and safe three days later According to various reports, a 40-year-old analyst at cryptocurrency exchange EXMO, Pavel Lerner, was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing dark clothes and balaclavas in Kiev, Ukraine, after leaving his company’s offices on December 26. At ... Read More »

Secrecy of communication is violated 435 thousand times in Russia

According to the data provided by the judicial department of the Supreme Court of Russia, legal enforcement agencies have submitted 436,800 petitions for breaching the confidentiality of correspondence in 2017. 99.68% of them were upheld. It is important to understand that LEAs tracked messages and intercepted phone calls in the course of so called “investigating activities.” In these cases, officers ... Read More »

An Overview of the Current Status of Linux’s Hyperledger Project

The Hyperledger project represents an initiative that was launched by the Linux Foundation in December 2015 to build an open source platform for the development of blockchains. The Hyperledger aims at establishing a proficient ecosystem throughout which coders and entrepreneurs can meet up and collaborate to build blockchains. So, Hyperledger is not a cryptocurrency; instead, it is a specialized hub ... Read More »

Luxembourg Pedophile Downloaded 3,900 Illegal Pictures

On December 13, a Luxembourg court convicted a 33-year-old man of possession of child pornography and for distribution of child pornography. He had downloaded the illegal pictures and videos from sources on both the clearnet and darknet while going through a so-called “depressive” phase. The investigators focused on episodes in 2012, 2013, and 2015. At a previous hearing, the lead ... Read More »

Queensland Man Sentenced to Four Years for Drug Importation

In September 2016, Australia’s Townsville Drug Squad arrested a 17-year-old Lachlan Thomas Weirick for the suspected importation of large quantities of drugs from darknet market vendors. During execution of the search warrant at the man’s house, Townsville police reportedly found more than $60,000 worth of various illegal substances. Roughly 15 months later, at the Supreme Court hearing in Townsville, Justice ... Read More »

Op-Ed: PENISSMITH’s STATE of the DARKNET

PGP Signature from the author: [crayon-5adf707080c6f019617320/] Hello everyone. My name is Penissmith, and this is my second article for deepdotweb. I have been around darknet marketplaces for the last 5 years. It’s common knowledge now that I helped AlphaBay not only by serving as a ScamWatch member, but also helped as a moderator going by the name of Botah. Even ... Read More »

Oregon PlayPen Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Thomas Gene Duncan to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Duncan had spent almost 100 hours on a darknet child abuse forum called “PlayPen.” When the FBI raided his Gresham home in October, 2015, they found 120 videos and 4,000 pictures downloaded from numerous child abuse sites, including PlayPen. They also ... Read More »

Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt

Lukasz Herba, the Polish man accused of kidnapping an Instagram ‘model’ to auction on the darknet, told officials that the model had planned the so-called “kidnapping” to further her career. The model, Chloe Ayling, had accused Herba and his brother of luring her to a fake photoshoot in Milan, kidnapping her, and attempting to auction her on the darknet several ... Read More »

Member of Connecticut Opioid Ring Sentenced to 10 Years

A Connecticut man will spend 10 years in prison for participating in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy. The dealer, 32-year-old Jared McBriarty of Bristol, Connecticut, worked with at least two other Connecticut men to import fentanyl, ecstasy, and alprazolam from a darknet vendor in China, court officials said. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one ... Read More »

Hydra market denies police seizure of its servers

On December 11 the following breaking news hit the Russian darknet community: “German law enforcements spotted the largest darknet market connected with drug trafficking in countries of former Commonwealth of Independent States. It was a result of well-coordinated operation carried out by the Administration C* and German police. Special forces act promptly and at the moment analyze information stored on ... Read More »

Estonian State Prosecutor Vahur Verte Confiscates Bitcoins Earned As Criminal Income.

Vahur Verte, an Estonian prosecutor confiscated bitcoins earned through illegal undertakings which he referred to as “criminal income.” He said that criminals use this cryptocurrency to hide their criminal prints and activities and to make it difficult for law enforcers to trace them or find out their actions. An internal report warned that the anonymous bitcoin payment network is becoming ... Read More »

Best Ways Of Converting Bitcoin To Physical Money

In these exciting days, the Bitcoin price grows higher every week, and people are investing an increasing amount of money into cryptocurrencies. An important aspect of the swinging trend of crypto-money, is the trading activity. In simple words, trading is buying bitcoins when their price is low and selling them when it’s higher. Posed these conditions, it becomes of capital ... Read More »

Second Suspect Arrested in Darknet Child Abuse Case

During the Fall of 2017, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) released photograph pulled from a video found on a darknet child abuse forum and asked for the public’s help in identifying the victim (and the abuser). Within hours, the child’s mother saw the pictures and travelled to a police station with her daughter. The police quickly identified the abuser ... Read More »