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Australian Vendor Busted by New Darknet Taskforce

Australian Federal Police, alongside NSW Police, raided a darknet vendor in Sydney’s inner west. The 43-year-old sold drugs for two years prior to his arrest on June 29. Officials said that a highly successful investigation into online drug sales led to the man’s arrest. With the assistance of the Public Order and Riot Squad, officers arrested the man after raiding ... Read More »

Italy Finishes 27 More Italian Darknet Community Raids

On the morning of June 29, 2017, Italian police raided 27 homes throughout 27 provinces. The raids resulted in nine arrests, although only one of the suspects, as of July 1, was identified as a darknet drug vendor. This operation was part two of an investigation into the users of the former Italian Darknet Community. The State Police of Rome ... Read More »

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17.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alleged Alphabay Admin Found Dead in Bangkok Jail On July 12, news sites in Thailand reported that a 26-year-old Canadian man had died in a Bangkok jail. The news spread quickly and the world soon learned the man’s identity: Alexandre Cazes of Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. Alphabay marketplace disappeared when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided locations throughout Trois-Rivières, hunting for ... Read More »

UK Might Use Drones in Retaliation to Cyberattacks

According to defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon, the UK could justify a military retaliation to cyberattacks. And soon, they would be capable of launching attacks from “air, land, sea or cyberspace” in response to an “online attack.” His speech came after the parliamentary network attack, but within hours of the international Petya (NotPetya) attacks. He spoke in reference to the ... Read More »

Utah Man Faces Life Sentence for Selling Drugs on the Darknet

Utah has once again grabbed headlines on Darknet related news, as a man faces a life sentence for running a store on the Darknet that distributes illicit drugs to buyers. 28 years old, Aaron Shamon, pleaded not guilty to several criminal counts, but he may be sentenced to a life imprisonment if found guilty. According to a source, Shamon made ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 16, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Darknet market AlphaBay shut down by authorities; alleged admin found dead in Bangkok Reports suggest AlphaBay disappeared alongside unfolding raids in Canada, Thailand, and the United States. When the raids were first reported a spokesperson stated that a suspect had been arrested in Thailand, and now it is known ... Read More »

Benzo Dealer Gets Prison for Selling Misbranded Drugs

In 2015, police connected an overdose in Winchester, Virginia, to “Smarties,” a type of candy. Police warned of an odd color or feel as they were still damp with a chemical compound. They told the public that the candies were laced with a psychedelic compound “similar to LSD.” On June 2017, the person responsible for the distribution of laced candies ... Read More »

Buyer Said Someone Else Used His Name, Charges Dropped

Roughly two years ago, a man’s name appeared on a “meticulous” log of buyers that Police seized from a major darknet vendor. That man, a 26-year-old from Gilching, a municipality in Starnberg, went to court in mid-June on ecstasy charges. He denied ever ordering the packages and argued that someone used his name. The defense worked; he left the courtroom ... Read More »

CBP Official Explains Darknet Drugs and Package Seizures

On June 27, a House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing for H.R. 2851: Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017. The law would allow the Attorney General to introduce analogs into a new drug category, Schedule A. Additionally, it would lengthen penalties for drug crimes and add mandatory minimum sentences. One witness, Robert Perez ... Read More »

Dealer Going Back to Prison for Parole Violation

In April 2013, a 19-year-old New Zealand student spent two nights in jail after a raid for drug distribution. He ordered various drugs online and resold them in person. He spent time in prison but paroled out in February 2016. He recently caught a new charge—an event that resulted in a trip back to prison. Officers arrested Benjamin Patrick Belmont ... Read More »

World Drug Report: Cocaine Trafficking and Darknet Markets

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released the World Drug Report on June 22. Drug trends resembled those from the Global Drug Survey. Health issues as well. The World Drug Report highlighted additional changes to the drug landscape: global increases of coca bush cultivation. Coca bush cultivation increased by 30 percent between 2015 and 2016. Given the increased ... Read More »

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Alleged Alphabay Admin Found Dead in Bangkok Jail

On July 5, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted raids at several locations in Montreal and Trois-Rivières. The RCMP Integrated Technology Crime Group executed the raids in connection with an investigation into a global network of firearm and drug trafficking on the darknet. According to an RCMP spokesperson, the investigation involved the FBI and other, global law enforcement agencies. Canadian ... Read More »

Man Admits Phishing $365k in BTC on the Darknet

Michael Richo, a 35-year-old Connecticut man, pleaded guilty to charges linked to a $365,000 Bitcoin phishing scam on June 27. He admitted that he created fake login pages to popular darknet marketplaces and farmed the credentials. He then logged into their real account and withdrew Bitcoin balances. We wrote about Richo after his arrest in 2016. The defendant spread phishing ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Methylone Supplier Charged Under the Kingpin Statute

In May 2017, a federal grand jury indicted 39-year-old Terrence Deon Reames on charges connected to operating a continuing criminal enterprise. Authorities charged Reames under the Kingpin Statute for importing and distributing methylone and ethylone. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, Jack Smith, announced that the man became a high profile vendor in Nashville prior to his ... Read More »