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Woman Pleaded Guilty in $6.6m Cannabinoid Conspiracy

On May 4, the Acting United States Attorney in Missouri, Tom Larson, announced a guilty plea in a major federal synthetic cannabinoid case. Sheila Marie Nawaz, like others caught in the same case, pleaded guilty to mail fraud. She admitted mailing close to 2,500 packages of legal cannabinoids to locations in the United States. The report included proceeds of over ... Read More »

Two Suspects Arrested In Florida Credit Card Skimming Scheme

In a joint law enforcement action, investigators arrested two men from Florida for running a credit card skimming operation. The 39-year-old Lester Castaneda and the 27-year-old Luis Enrique Jimenez-Gonzalez, both of Florida, were arrested by law enforcement authorities for encoding stolen credit card information on plastic cards, which they allegedly used to steal money from the victims, a Salt Lake ... Read More »

Court Rules Phone PINs Are Not Protected by the 5th Amendment

Two defendants in an extortion case in Florida have been ordered by Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Charles Johnson to turn over the PINs needed to gain access to two of four phones that were seized during the arrest of the defendants. “For me, this is like turning over a key to a safe-deposit box,” Judge Johnson said. The defendants, Hencha ... Read More »

FBI Transparency Report Shows a Decline in NSLs

According to a recent transparency report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI issued less National Security Letters this year than last year by a 5% margin. National Security Letters (NSL) fall into a semi-shady area of law enforcement—partially because of the lack of oversight surrounding them. Additionally, the NSLs come with a gag order, more ... Read More »

Indian Government Leaking 130m Financial Records

Government agencies in India leaked a massive number of online identity related information from the world’s largest biometric identification system: Aadhaar. Aadhaar, described by a World Bank Economist as “the most sophisticated ID programme in world,” functions as a form of ID for citizens. The eight-year-old system also handles payment verification and inherently holds millions of personal records, both financial ... Read More »

LocalBitcoin Seller Guilty of Illegal Currency Exchange

The legal stance of Bitcoin, in the United States, seemingly varies from court case to court case. The IRS calls Bitcoin a piece of property, for all intents and purposes. State courts, judges, and laws differ tremendously. A clear answer is a rare and infrequent occurrence. When a state’s view on Bitcoin becomes clear, it usually coincides with a court ... Read More »

Report: Cybercrime On The Rise In Germany

As criminals have more access to different services, tools and guides on hacking forums and illicit marketplaces, cybercrime increases worldwide. Recently, government and industry executives reported in Germany that cybercrime is expanding rapidly in the country. In one of the most technologically and digitally advanced countries in the world, officials stated that despite the major increase in cyber attacks targeting ... Read More »

US Darknet Drug Traffickers Arrested After Overdose Of A Teen

Law enforcement authorities in the United States linked the fatal overdose of a teen to two darknet narcotic vendors, who were arrested recently. The Drugs and Vice Division of the Portland Police Bureau, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Service started an investigation after 18-year-old Aisha Zughieh-Collins was found dead from an overdose from the synthetic substance ... Read More »

Data of 500,000 Children Stolen from Pediatricians, Sold on Dark Web

A hacker who operates with the online alias Skyscraper revealed that 500,000 records of patients have been stolen from various healthcare companies and are currently being sold on the dark web. According to Skyscraper, all of the stolen records and identities are that of children and they include sensitive information such as the names of the children and their parents, ... Read More »

Canadian College Required to Pay 30 Bitcoins by Ransomware, Investigation Opens

Cambrian college, a Canadian university based in Sudbury, Ontario, recently fell victim to a severe ransomware attack which disabled the majority of the functions and services designed for students and professors of the university. According to the representatives of Cambrian college, the ransomware specifically targeted servers and databases of platforms used by students and professors throughout the school year. Although ... Read More »

The defendants sit in the Berlin district court (Photo: BZ,)

Berlin Couple Standing Trial For Dark Net Drug Trafficking

A wife and a husband from Berlin, Germany were standing trial on May 3 for selling narcotics on the dark web. The 30-year-old Daniel B. and his 35-year-old wife Juliana B. are accused of selling various illicit substances, including cocaine and amphetamine as well as prescription drugs illegally on darknet marketplaces since 2014. According to the court documents, the accused ... Read More »

Dark Web Leads to Ketamine Abuse, Law Enforcement in Alert

The dark web has reintroduced ketamine to large markets around the world, including the UK and Taiwan. According to Drugs 2.0 author Mike Power, by early 2014, the supply and operations of ketamine dealers throughout the UK were wiped out. However, the dark web revived the global ketamine market and dealers have begun to supply the drug to larger markets. ... Read More »

Jamaican Dark Net Heroin Vendor Sentenced To Federal Prison In The US

A Jamaican citizen, who was living in the United States, was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking on the darknet. Chrissano Leslie, a 26-year-old from Miramar, Florida, was standing trial at a federal court for charges of drug-dealing, money-laundering conspiracy, and aggravated identity theft. After law enforcement authorities arrested the man at his home, he pleaded guilty to the four ... Read More »

Jamaican Dark Net Heroin Vendor Sentenced To Federal Prison In The US

A Jamaican citizen, who was living in the United States, was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking on the darknet. Chrissano Leslie, a 26-year-old from Miramar, Florida, was standing trial at a federal court for charges of drug-dealing, money-laundering conspiracy, and aggravated identity theft. After law enforcement authorities arrested the man at his home, he pleaded guilty to the four ... Read More »