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7.02.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

FBI Shows Video of AlphaBay Admin’s Arrest During Conference At a conference at Fordham University in New York City, FBI Special Agent Nicholas G. Phirippidis spoke about the operation that brought down Alphabay: Operation Bayonet. The conference featured many speakers from the FBI. Many of the topics made headlines for controversial reasons. For instance, FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke on ... Read More »

Suspended Sentence for Darknet Meth Buyer

At Rockingham Magistrates court, Daniel John Smith faced a prison sentence for ordering methamphetamine on the darknet, along with a host of additional charges. To the surprise of seemingly everyone in the courtroom, Smith ended up walking out of the courtroom with nothing but a suspended sentence and a handful of the usual conditions issued by the government. On August ... Read More »

A Child Abuse Arrest Unveiled a Lost PlayPen Member

When it comes to the underground world of the darknet, reading about the police busting another child abuser through posts on hidden forums is not uncommon. Due to some of the more recent operations by international law enforcement agencies, the arrests have only been increasing in frequency. But some cases are more unique than others—such is the case of a ... Read More »

New Zealand Customs Catch Polynesian Drug Dealers

Three men stood in courtroom in Polynesia for trafficking methamphetamine. Although Polynesian authorities had only caught the defendants the week before the court appearance, the court had already prepared to sentence all three of them. The court sentenced the trio to sentences that fit their roles in the short-lived drug trafficking operation. One received a four year sentence. One received ... Read More »

Feds Split Up Stolen Sheep Market Funds

In Jacksonville, Florida, United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced that three law enforcement agencies would be “awarded” with the funds stolen by the Sheep Marketplace hackers between 2013 and 2014. The announcement took place at a Homeland Security Investigations Office in Jacksonville. And even though the ICE-HSI Special Agent in Charge, James Spero, helped make the announcement, and neither ... Read More »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

In Jacksonville, Florida, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced yet another member of the darknet child pornography website PlayPen. The defendant, 42-year-old Jason Dean Barnes, will spend six years in federal prison for downloading thousands of images depicting child abuse. After his release from prison, Barnes will spend 10 years on federal supervision. He will also register as ... Read More »

CryptoCurrency News Roundup 4.2.18

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments New developments Facebook banned all cryptocurrency, ICO related ads Social media giant Facebook announced this week it will ban all cryptocurrency.-related ads to “prevent scams.” According to Mark Zuckerberg’s company, “ads should be safe” and as such deceptive ads, reportedly such as those for ICOs and binary options, don’t belong on ... Read More »

Undercover Officers Caught a Darknet Gun Buyer in Germany

Before the District Court in Freyung, a 40-year-old man explained how he had attempted to buy a Glock 17 on the darknet for his own protection. The man’s lawyers explained how the series of events that led up to the gun purchase pushed his client over the edge and encouraged him to buy a firearm on the darknet. In light ... Read More »

Congress Renews FISA Section 702’s Warrantless Mass Surveillance

After passing a temporary extension in December, both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives passed a six year reauthorization of a controversial section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The section, Section 702, authorizes much of the warrantless global mass surveillance conducted by the United States intelligence community, which was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. ... Read More »

PayPal Fraudster Sentenced to Community Service and Restitution

We recently wrote about a 21-year-old man from Bad Segeberg who had been running a small-scale fraud operation that involved stolen PayPal account information from the darknet, matching DHL packing stations, eBay, and high-end electronics. After a recent sentencing hearing, German media outlets reported that the man “cheated a sentence” or that he “got off lightly.” The prosecution and defense ... Read More »

Two Homeland Security Agents Arrested for Downloading Child Porn

In a turn of events not frequently seen in investigations of this sort, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed that amidst an investigation into darknet child pornography viewers, two Homeland Security employees found themselves in handcuffs for downloading and distributing child pornography on the darknet. The first arrest took place in late ... Read More »

German Police Bust Another Darknet Child Abuse Forum

According to the public prosecutor of Hechingen and the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA), a lengthy investigation led to the arrest of a suspected operator of a darknet child abuse (“child pornography”) forum. The press release revealed very little. It reads in a way that suggests the authorities, for the time being, want to keep other forum members ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendors CaliConnect and BTH-Overdose Sentenced to Prison

Chief U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced two darknet drug dealers, both a part of separate cases, on the same day in January. He sentenced David Ryan Burchard (CaliConnect) to six years and eight months in prison. The second vendor fared slightly better; the judge sentenced Emil Vladimirov Babadjov (Blime-Sub and BTH-Overdose) to five years and 10 month in ... Read More »

Dark Web Guns a threat to Security in 2018 Says Feds

As if illegal drugs from the dark web have not done enough damage to the United States, US Officials now have to be worried about illegal firearms being purchased on the dark web too. Although the case of illegal drugs being sold and bought on the dark web is rampant, it does not leave out the fact that, there is ... Read More »

Leak Shows US Army and NSA Compromised Tor, I2P, VPNs and Wants to Track Monero

A photograph showing an alleged leaked Army document revealing a joint project to track anonymous cryptocurrencies seems to have come from a somewhat unlikely place. The photograph reveals some interesting things, one of which is the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is conducting a joint project with the US Army’s Cyber Protection Team (CPT) from the Cyber Protection ... Read More »