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Berlin Police Arrest 33-Year-Old for Buying a Shotgun and Ammunition on the Darknet

Germany’s Federal Police (BKA) added another darknet firearm buyer to their lengthy list of DNM weapon related busts. Local authorities announced the arrest of a 33-year-old on Thursday, November 3. The actual arrest took place on the previous Monday in Berlin. Police in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough of Berlin conducted the arrest with outside cooperation. According to news outlets, the arrest ... Read More »

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Two Cousins Sentenced in Stuttgart for Illegal Arms Trafficking on the Darknet

Two darknet weapons vendors were sentenced in Stuttgart for illegal arms trafficking and several weapon law violations. The main suspect, a 25-year-old, was under investigation for suspected involvement in the Paris attacks. He received a sentence of two-and-a-half years imprisonment. The 25-year-old from Böblingen County and his 28-year-old cousin flew into Germany after the Paris attacks in November 2015. The ... Read More »

Irish Darknet Vendor Denied a Shorter Sentence at His Appeal Hearing

Neil Mannion and Richard O’Connor were jailed in 2014 for distributing drugs via the Agora and Silk Road marketplaces. Both Irishmen cooperated with the prosecution after their arrest, revealing details about the darknet and bitcoin. For this cooperation, one of the men requested a sentence reduction. The appeal was finally heard in court and subsequently denied. Both Mannion and O’Connor ... Read More »

24-Year-Old Suspect Admits Attempting to Purchase Several Firearms from the Darknet

During mid-September, the Federal Criminal Police of Germany (BKA) arrested a 24-year-old for trying to buy weapons on the darknet. The BKA posed as a weapons vendor on the darknet and arranged a deal. Police, armed and masked, met the would-be buyer near a crowded supermarket and apprehended him on the spot. The 24-year-old from the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district, according to ... Read More »

Smuggling Counterfeit Drugs Is The New Business In Germany

According to a report by welt.de, organized criminals cut huge profits by smuggling counterfeit drugs into Germany. Unlike “traditional drugs”, counterfeit pills are quite easy to smuggle and can be sold for high prices, the report says. However, German authorities are allegedly planning a two-step action to create a barrier for this new trade. Currently, a criminal gang is standing ... Read More »

Two Belarussians Scammed In Personal Bitcoin Exchange

Two Belarussians who conducted a bitcoin exchange personally with a third person were scammed with 397,000 Euros. The two Belarussian citizens agreed to exchange their 500 BTC for 400,000 Euros in a pub named Lario located in Como, Italy. The bar was just in the city center where the two sellers and a third person met on Monday. When they ... Read More »

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Researchers Claim the Darknet Has More Legal Sites Than Illegal Ones

The darknet (or darkweb/any variation thereof) has an undeniable stigma. Some know the hidden sites to be a gateway to speaking freely. Others use darknet marketplaces to purchase drugs that are safer than those on the street. Another group may use the anonymity to share child pornography. In the words of Ross Ulbricht, “I learned… when you give people freedom, ... Read More »

Recent DDoS Attack Sparks Consumer Need for IoT Protection

The massive DDoS attack that took out the host of several popular websites in the United States and Europe in October still didn’t seem to be enough to get the ball rolling on a set of national cybersecurity laws. Adam Levin, founder of the data protection company IDT911 sees the recent attack as one of several reasons to implement these ... Read More »

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Chinese Financial Regulations & SegWit Release Continue to Push Bitcoin Price

The adoption rate of Segregated Witness (Bitcoin Core 0.13.1 release) is rapidly growing and the demand for bitcoin from Chinese buyers and investors is gradually increasing. Experts predict this trend will allow bitcoin to reach $800 by the end of November. Although some developers and cryptocurrency enthusiasts suggest that Bitcoin Core releases and the team’s scaling solutions have a minimal ... Read More »

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How to use a Bitcoin Mixer: Coinmixer

Click here to see part 3: BitBlender Bitcoin mixers are quite popular and they will probably continue to be so even as new privacy solutions like Monero or Zcash come along. Coin tumblers provide a great service, but they should be used carefully. We want to show you how to use, not only Bitcoin mixer, but four. We want to ... Read More »

300 New Zealanders Identified In Global Dark Net Crackdown

About 300 persons from New Zealand were identified by law enforcement authorities during a global police action called Operation Hyperion. The worldwide action took place between October 22 and 28. This was a “coordinated effort” to bust persons globally who are involved in illegal drugs trade on the dark web. Police and customs focused in the country prioritized screening for ... Read More »

Australian Police Arrest Four Persons As Part Of Operation Hyperion

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Immigration Department, and local police joined forces in Operation Hyperion, a global law enforcement authority action against dark net users participating in illegal activities. The “dark net period of action”, as police like to call it, was intended to develop a “more unified global law enforcement response to the ... Read More »

Victoria University Student Charged For Running Dark Net Market

During a global law enforcement crackdown, a 22-year-old man was charged for running a market website on the dark web. According to the police, Victoria University students set up the site to trade drugs. The action was performed during a global law enforcement sting called Operation Hyperion. Police arrested six persons so far and sent 66 formal warnings. The 22-year-old ... Read More »