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Brussels Police Officer Busted Over Darknet Breach

A Brussel police officer was summoned before the Belgian authorities for engaging in illicit Darknet activities. The decision to make the arrest came after authorities conducted series of investigation and searches in last week. Information from the federal prosecutor’s office confirms that the suspected Brussels police officer was a railway police. The investigating Judge from Limburg on Tuesday requested for ... Read More »

20.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Belgian Police Raiding Houses in BTC Money Laundering Bust Although occurring shortly after the takedown of BTC-e for money laundering, the Belgian police’s raids connected to a completely different money laundering case. This time, according to local reports, along with an innocent party connected to the events, the raids involved so-called “suspicious” LocalBitcoins activity. Authorities were still looking into money ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Rogue Silk Road agent admits he stole another 1,600 BTC after guilty plea Shaun Bridges, a rogue Secret Service agent who plead guilty to obstruction of justice and money laundering while investigating Silk Road, after stealing over $800,000 worth of Bitcoin, recently plead guilty to stealing another 1,600 BTC ... Read More »

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200 Prepared Packs and 20,000 Ecstasy Pills Seized in Drug Raid

Bavarian authorities scored big amidst an investigation into two darknet drug dealers in Dortmund. In addition to catching the suspects, law enforcement brought in a massive quantity of ecstasy pills—20,000. And the drug discovery, a news channel announced, “was only the beginning.” Authorities revealed little in the way of the actual investigation. They reportedly struggled with the case until July ... Read More »

With The EU Funding The Project, Swedish Police Researching Cybercrime And Cryptocurrencies

Along with other national police forces in the European Union, the Swedish police is seeking EU funds to research cybercrime involving the dark web and cryptocurrencies. An evaluation report published last month detailed that the Swedish, Austrian and German police are planning to raise funds from a European Union research initiative called Horizon 2020. According to the official website of ... Read More »

LSD Purchase Went Bad: Three Arrested In Romania

Three suspects were arrested in Romania for ordering large amounts of LSD along with hash. The defendants allegedly used the dark web to place orders for the narcotics. Due to the large amounts of drugs, Romanian law enforcement authorities are suspecting that the trio sought to resell the substances to local customers. According to a press release published by the ... Read More »

German Child Molester Arrested In Florida

A German man in his 50s who has a residence in the Switzerland was arrested in the United States for attempting to abuse a 13-year-old girl. If found guilty, the suspect can expect a harsher punishment since he tried to abuse a minor sexually in another country. A 55-year-old man with a residence in Hergiswil, Nidwalden, Switzerland allegedly tried to ... Read More »

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Valhalla Market Compromised: Finnish Customs Allegedly Identified Hundreds of Valhalla Users

According to a press release issued by Finnish Customs on August 17, a Customs investigation had “exposed” a large-scale drug trafficking network. The network—or in this case, drug trafficking organization—operated from within Finland. From there, they distributed their products to buyers both in Finland and across the globe. Central to the operation was the darknet marketplace known as “Valhalla” or ... Read More »

Man Sentenced To 15 Years over Death Linked To Darknet Fentanyl

  A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the US District Court for selling fentanyl through the Darknet which resulted in an overdose death. Zachary David Chyle pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to possess drugs with the intention to distribute them. He also pleaded guilty to another count of possessing controlled substance leading to ... Read More »

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Austrian Police to Decrypt WhatsApp Messages “In the Future”

At a Ministry of Justice meeting in Austria, Mag. Konrad Kogler, Director General for Public Security, spoke of law enforcement’s nearing ability to intercept and decrypt WhatsApp messages. He explained the difficulties even caused police, especially in cases of terrorism and drug trafficking. “The first approach between drug addicts, drug traffickers or IS recruiters mostly [starts with] the telephone,” the ... Read More »

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Stuttgart Public Prosecutor Blames Darknet for Designer Drug Use

  In Stuttgart, Germany, the number of drug charges involving novel psychoactive substances (NPS) is on the rise. And, according to drug clinics in the area, the so called “legal highs” are also contributing to a growing number of fatal overdoses. The senior physician at a local drug addiction clinic spoke of a 23-year-old who had almost died while on ... Read More »

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Belgian Police Raiding Houses in BTC Money Laundering Bust

  Seemingly unrelated to the recent United States demanding of Greek police to arrest the alleged owner of BTC-e, the Belgian judicial police raided nine locations for the same reason. Not that the U.S. asked them to conduct the raids and subsequent arrests; according to the latest published news, the Belgian judicial police suspected several men of money laundering through ... Read More »

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Public Thinks Bitcoin is Mainly for Darknet Use, Study Shows

YouGov, an international market research company, conducted a study on Bitcoin and Ethereum. The findings, the company said, in spite of the growing popularity of both currencies, indicated several findings that some may find surprising. YouGov researches nearly everything. “Domino’s trails behind rival Pizza Hut in quality perception,” one of the company’s tweets reads. Another tweet points out that “53% ... Read More »