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Update In Silk Road Vendor’s Case In The Netherlands

A 37-year-old, also known as “Willy”, from Groningen, the Netherlands, was arrested for allegedly running a vendor shop on the infamous Silk Road Marketplace selling narcotics. Earlier this month, the Public Prosecutor (OM) recommended a sentence of fifteen months (five suspended) in prison. However, there is an update in the case. According to official court information, the suspect allegedly used ... Read More »

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US Firearm Vendor Tried To Sell Gun To Customer, Got Jailed

Michael Ryan, a 36-year-old graduate from Kansas, US, was sentenced to 52 months in prison for running a vendor shop on the dark web. According to law enforcement authorities, the suspect sold weapons under the pseudo name ”Gunrunner” on the Black Market Reloaded (BMR) marketplace. During the investigation, law enforcement authorities discovered that Ryan sold a powerful Hi-Point handgun and ... Read More »

Silk Road Vendor Pleaded Guilty to Drug Distribution in Fatal Overdose Case

Kevin Campbell, a drug treatment worker from Chicago pleaded guilty to the distribution of controlled substances via the Silk Road marketplace. After a one-year investigation between 2013 and 2014, Chicago law enforcement raided Campbell’s Chicago home and found further evidence to connect the suspect to a 2013 crime in Bellevue, Washington. In August 2013, Washington emergency response crews attended a ... Read More »

FBI Begins Construction of Nationwide Watchlist For Employers

The FBI has begun the construction of a nationwide watchlist for employers. With a platform called Rap Back–”Rap” stands for Record of Arrest and Prosecution while Back is short for background–employers will soon be able to receive real-time notifications of their employees’ criminal status. Instead of conducting a one-time background check in the initial recruitment stage, employees will now be ... Read More »

Three Bavarians Arrested For Darknet Distribution, Used the Name “White Dragon”

The Mainz Regional Court, in early February, became the battleground for a fight between three darknet vendors and law enforcement regarding the legality of the police’s investigation. The investigating agencies—The Regional Center for Cybercrime (LZC) of Koblenz, the Mainz Investigative Group of the Landeskriminalamt (State Police) in Rheinland-Pfalz, and the Customs Investigation Office of Frankfurt—used “secret investigation methods,” the defendants ... Read More »

Tor Metrics Data Shows Massive Spike of Tor Use from the United Arab Emirates

Not long ago, an entire country banned Tor. And the ban, unlike previous bans, became a permanent ban. The country that banned Tor also, coincidentally, condoned and used statewide censorship for years on end: Turkey. Turkey is not the only country where citizens fear the state sponsored compromisation of privacy. According to the Tor Project’s “Tor Metrics,” The United Arab ... Read More »

US Attorney’s Office in Colorado Preparing to Prosecute Darknet and Bitcoin Crimes

An acting US attorney for the state of Colorado announced a new branch of the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division aimed at tackling cybercrime with a group of highly trained investigators. Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer set up a six-attorney unit after looking at child exploitation statistics dating back to 2012. They also evaluated other forms of cybercrime dating ... Read More »

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Online Network Of Drug Traffickers Busted In Romania

Law enforcement authorities in several regions of Romania arrested 58 suspects. They are believed to be connected to a criminal organization that distributed narcotics in the country. The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) performed 68 house searches and detained 58 alleged members of a drug distribution ring in Timis, Arad, Caras-Severin and Hunedoara. According to police information, ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, February 19, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Former president of Bank of China claims it’s impossible to kill bitcoin L H Li, former president of state-owned Bank of China, the fifth largest bank in the world, claimed that it is now impossible to take down bitcoin, in an interview for China’s predominant state broadcaster, CCTV. According ... Read More »

Man Charged With Killing Wife, Murder-For-Hire Through Darknet​

Earlier this week, Stephen Carl Allwine from Cottage Grove, Oregon, was arrested and sent back to jail after local police discovered that Allwine attempted to track his 9-year-old son with a GPS installed on a smartwatch. In late January, Allwine was arrested with allegations of murdering his wife. Local law enforcement agencies and police officers tracked Allwine’s activities in the ... Read More »

Tax Records of American Citizens Sold on Darknet For $20 in Bitcoin

Tax scams are on the rise again as the tax season is approaching. Hackers and scammers are using sophisticated tools and complex software to steal sensitive financial and personal information to file fraudulent tax returns. There exists two main phases in a tax scam: acquisition of necessary financial and personal information and utilizing data sets to request for tax refunds. ... Read More »

Famed Hacker Emails Source, Says Spanish Police Never Arrested Him

Spain’s Policia Nacional, in late January and early February, arrested three suspected hackers for hacks that targeted two spyware-for-hire companies. Both companies, Hacking Team and Gamma International created and sold malware, spyware, and communication interception tools to law enforcement—exclusively—for years on end. In 2015 and 2014, a hacker breached both companies. One hacker, Phineas Fisher, claimed responsibility for the hacks ... Read More »

Helsinki Police Arrest 16 in Darknet Investigation

Finland rarely hits the news for darknet busts of any sort, and especially not considerably large busts. However, according to a Finland need source, the country may have just set their own record for darknet address or not man-hour. Police in Helsinki reported the arrest of 16 people in connection with darknet market drug dealing. The record set, though, came ... Read More »

FBI Concerned Criminals Could Use Monero

Monero (XMR), the privacy-centric cryptocurrency that was first released in 2014, is now definitely on the FBI’s radar. In late 2016, darknet markets AlphaBay and Oasis Markets began to accept Monero for payments. At a recent seminar session attended by a journalist from CoinDesk, Special Agent Joseph Battaglia of the FBI’s Cyber Division in New York City, told 150 people ... Read More »