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Three Drug Buyers Arrested in Austrian Investigation

In July 2017, Customs Officials of the Frankfurt Customs Office in Germany seized a package of amphetamines addressed to a 28-year-old from the Rohrbach district of Austria. Over time, authorities became aware of three more packages of amphetamines addressed to the 28-year-old in Austria. In March 2018, the 28-year-old’s arrest led to the arrest of two additional suspects and an ... Read More »

Swedish Darknet Vendor Appeals Prison Sentence

In 2014, international law enforcement conducted an operation targeting darknet drug markets and similarly illicit hidden services. They seized at least 414 .onion sites. Many sites resurfaced under new branding. A Swedish darknet market-forum hybrid was among those seized during Operation Onymous that rebranded after the disruption. After tracking a group of drug traffickers from the first shop to the ... Read More »

TLS Cert

Darknet Vendors Sell Counterfeit TLS Certificates

Symantec declared in August last year that it was offering its digital security certificate business to DigiCert. In any case, this was after a long battle with Google, which claimed that loose security controls at Symantec enabled bad actors to purchase TLS certificates. These certificates, for use with Transport Layer Security, give verification and data encryption between servers. Moreover, counterfeit ... Read More »

Australian University offering Dark Web classes to IT students

The first ever university program in Australia on the famous dark web has been launched, with over 80 percent of IT and cybersecurity students nominating the dark web unit as their first subject. Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with an industry based organization launched an online masters program class for the school of computer science and mathematics. The University ... Read More »

61st UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Darknet

61st UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Darknet

The CND for “Commission on narcotic drugs” also known as the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs met from 12 to 16 March in Vienna (Austria). Present at the meeting were: Head of Advocacy and Claims; Enzo Poultreniez (AIDES activists), Human Rights Project Coordinator; Nicolas Denis and two African partners in the Human Rights Project thus, Alain Kra (Africa Coordinator of ... Read More »

Group of Silk Road Dealers Sentenced to Prison

Judge Michael Leeming sentenced five University of Manchester students to prison for selling more than $1.2 million worth of drugs on the Silk Road. According to the NCA, authorities arrested the ring leader and his primary accomplice at their apartment in Manchester on the same day the FBI ended the Silk Road. The October 2013 arrests led to the discovery ... Read More »

Model ‘Periodically’ Used Ketamine Prior to Alleged Kidnapping

The ‘Instagram model’ who claimed a non-existent criminal group kidnapped her for a darknet auction periodically used ketamine for at least two months prior to the alleged kidnapping. Chloe Ayling, the 20-year-old alleged abductee, told Italian authorities that two men had drugged her and held her hostage for nearly a week. She said her kidnappers had used ketamine and when ... Read More »

German Vendor Busted with 35 Kilos of Marijuana

In the German town of Geldern-Kapellen, police stealthily conducted an investigation into a 36-year-old suspected darknet dealer. When they had gathered enough evidence, authorities raided the 36-year-old’s house at six in the morning and caught him by surprise. Police spokesperson Daniel Freitag told the press that the police had been looking into the recently arrested suspect since June 2017. According ... Read More »

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Selling Meth on the Darknet

The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced that 26-year-old Cavan Devine of Fairfield County received a 36 month prison sentence for buying and selling methamphetamine and Xanax on the darknet. Police arrested in 2016 when an outpatient rehab clinic called the police to report Devine’s “disorderly conduct.” Authorities forcibly took Devine to a hospital in Bridgeport for ... Read More »

Feds Prosecute Staff of Encrypted Phone Company

Police have arrested and filed criminal charges against the CEO of a Canadian company that sold security hardened Blackberry and Samsung cell phones that were modified to protect privacy through the use of message encryption and the removal of unnecessary and potentially vulnerable hardware. Four others involved in operating the company are currently wanted by police, but have yet to ... Read More »

US Postal Officers Intercept 1500 Fentanyl Tablets Mailed From The Darknet

The postal office employees of the United States of America have intercepted two shipments containing 1,500 tablets of Fentanyl. According to the federal court document, the drugs were ordered from the Darknet and paid in Bitcoin. On 12 March 2018, a warrant was issued to search the intercepted shipments, and the packages were confirmed to contain a schedule 1 drug: ... Read More »

Gurugram Cybercrime Cases Rose to 3252 In 2017

In the last three years, Gurugram has been classified as one of the critical zones where cybercrime has reached a higher dimension in India According to statistics, cybercrime rose by 36 percent in 2017. There were 1,954 complaints filed in relation to online frauds, credit and debit card cases. Despite the efforts of the Gurugram police to track down the ... Read More »

U.S. provides German investigators tens of thousands of references to child pornography

Children seen as sexual objects has been a popular notion for centuries, maybe even millenia. With the evolution of erotic writing and illustrations portraying children, kids have been the focal point of many desires. Unlike art, child pornography through the greater part of the 20th century was highly restricted as it was an illegal activity. Nothing has changed as the ... Read More »

Data subjects in the Darknet: defendant received a suspended sentence

In January we wrote about a 21-year-old man from Bad Segeberg who had been doing a minor fraud operation, which included stolen PayPal account data from the darknet, identical DHL packing stations, eBay, and electronics. However, after a recent sentence hearing, German news channels reported that the man went lightly with the sentence given. Similarly, a trial in a Gemünd ... 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 »