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Third Suspect Arrested in Connection with NSW Drug Syndicate

Not long after suspected drug trafficker Dov Tenenboim named his accomplices in an Australian courtroom, Australia’s Strike Force Bergmark arrested yet another alleged member of the drug trafficking syndicate that had imported more than a million dollars worth of drugs from Europe. The police, in late July, arrested Daniel Sopher—the third member of the darknet drug trafficking group operating out ... Read More »

Customer Arrested After Vendor Used the Wrong Stamps

In the District Court of Wolfratshausen, a 23-year-old from Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany, faced a judge for sentencing connected to a recent drug possession and drug trafficking conviction. The prosecution asked for a prison sentence of more than two years. The judge, though, after hearing the defendant’s side of the story, called the sentence proposed by the prosecutor “incomprehensible.” In ... Read More »

Bus Driver Caught Sharing Videos on Darknet Child Abuse Sites

A lengthy RCMP investigation culminated in the arrest of a 31-year-old man who had been uploading pictures and videos of children to former darknet child abuse forums such as “Childs Play” and “MagicKingdom.” The man evaded the public and international law enforcement agents for a significant stretch of time and even now only law enforcement, court officials, and some of ... Read More »

Germany: Police Arrest 28 Darknet Drug Buyers in Single Operation

Although the raids and arrests on July 25 only lasted a few hours, the investigation of dozens of darknet drug buyers began in late 2017, German customs (Zoll) said in a press release following the arrest of nearly 30 suspects only hours after the raids. The Zoll investigation culminated in a multi-agency raid in Neubiberg, Ottobrunn, Neuried, and Munich. More ... Read More »

Healthcare Ransomware Attack Declines despite Flashy Attack

A report released by Cryptonite, a cyber-security firm shows that ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations are on a decline despite flashy attacks recently. According to the report, the number of ransomware attacks decreased from 19 in the first quarter of 2017 to eight in the same quarter of 2018. Despite the Allscripts and Labcorp attack in the healthcare industry, there ... Read More »

Dream Vendor ‘Drug Commander’ Sentenced to 9.5 Years in Prison

According to an announcement from court officials in Bavaria, a judge in a Coburg court sentenced a 30-year-old darknet vendor to nine and a half years in prison and mandated drug and alcohol rehabilitation for running an international drug operation. The case ended roughly eight months after the eventful police chase and subsequent arrest in November 2017. The defendant still ... Read More »

Fake Hitman Site Used in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot

A former GP from Bournemouth allegedly ordered the murder of his pension and wealth advisor through one of the many fake murder-for-hire sites on the darknet, Winchester Crown Court heard at a recent hearing. The retired GP had allegedly used one of the many fake hidden services created by the scammer behind the now-defunct Besa Mafia after his financial advisor ... Read More »

Sentence Cut in Half for Darknet Vendor After Rehab Proposal

Only days after receiving a prison sentence of almost 10 years for running a darknet drug distribution operation, Rhett D. learned that a judge had seriously considered his request for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. As a result of that serious consideration, the convicted vendor will have the opportunity to leave prison completing his sentence. Rhett D., known only as the ... Read More »

US Navy Commander Admitted Selling MDMA on the Darknet

According to recently unsealed court documents and a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of California, a Navy veteran pleaded guilty to trafficking controlled substances through the darknet. Court documents revealed that the 23-year veteran had been importing various illegal substances and reselling them on Alphabay, Dream Market, Hansa Market, and other darknet marketplaces. ... Read More »

Bitcoin Platform Operator Pleads Guilty to Stealing Clients’ Funds.

On July 24, United States attorney Geoffrey S. Berman announced that an operator for currently defunct bitcoin platforms pleaded guilty to securities fraud and obstruction of justice. The operator is guilty of using clients’ funds for his own expenses and lying about details of a hack on his platform that resulted in the loss of 6,000 bitcoins. Jon E. Montroll, ... Read More »

More Details Revealed in the Dublin Explosives Case

According to information recently revealed in a trial in Ireland’s notorious Special Criminal Court, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation had reportedly posed as firearm and explosive dealers in an attempt to attract buyers that posed significant threats to national security or the lives of others. In September 2016, the undercover FBI agents received a message from an individual ... Read More »

NCA Fentanyl Investigation Goes After UK Dealers Product and Distribution

The National Crime Agency (NCA) launched an investigation into the recent report concerning the distribution of fentanyl drugs to around 30 countries. The drug vendors were all located within the United Kingdom. Following the high demand for this potent drug, vendors responded by producing them through any available means. The dark web has made it easier for sellers and buyers ... Read More »

Ross Ulbricht is Officially on Twitter

Ross Ulbricht has taken his voice where it all started – online. On July 19, the incarcerated Silk Road founder made his first tweet since being arrested and incarcerated for life. In it, he expressed that the giant social media site could help him find his voice after so many years of silence. In just a few days, over 12,000 ... Read More »

Agora Vendor ‘No Stress’ Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Benjamin G. Greenberg, announced that U.S. District Judge Ursula M. Ungaro had sentenced a 46-year-old California man to nine years in prison for drug distribution and money laundering. According to the U.S. Attorney and unsealed court documents, the convicted drug dealer had been selling controlled substances on several darknet marketplaces ... Read More »