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Man Uploads Videos of Himself Abusing a Child to a Pedophile Site, Police Arrest Him the Next Day

According to n-tv.de, German Police arrested a formerly wanted-man who repeatedly abused an eight-year-old girl and posted the videos on a “child porn platform through the darknet.” Police conducted the arrest on January 26, one day after they published his photos and asked the public for help finding him. The 27-year-old suspect from Traunstein, Bavaria, abused the girl on camera ... Read More »

Owner of Four Illegal Online Pharmacies Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

In late May 2014 U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan announced that a federal grand jury in the Western District of Washington indicted seven people for illegally distributing narcotics through an online pharmacy. The group, according to the indictment, sold $9,000,000 worth of controlled substances to patients without a prescription. On January 26, 2016, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced the ... Read More »

Major Tor & Darknet Major Privacy Update, Gov’t Investigations Struggle

The Tor Project, a non-profit organization established to provide increased privacy and anonymity to billions of internet users, is set to roll out major privacy updates in the upcoming months which will obstruct active government and law enforcement investigations. Over the past few years, government and law enforcement agencies including Interpol and the FBI have conducted various investigations to crack ... Read More »

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Narcotics, Weapons, And Counterfeit Money Found In German’s Apartment

A 28-year-old man from Stuttgart, Germany stood before court for possessing large amounts of narcotics, counterfeit money, and weapons in his apartment. According to police information, all illegal goods were ordered from the dark web. The case started in 2016 when the suspect bought a kilogram of marijuana from a dark web vendor “River 87”, the defendant confessed. Meanwhile, the ... Read More »

German Police Raided Three Suspects for Showing Interest in Darknet Firearm Sales

Despite ample evidence pointing towards German law enforcement’s enhanced ability to catch darknet firearm buyers, people keep trying to buy guns online. Some countries may not report a connection between illegal guns and the darknet. And other countries—according to a Russian forum where guns are a commonplace—have more pressing matters than hunting down gun buyers. Whatever the case may be, ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, February 12, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: China’s central bank threatened to shut down bitcoin exchanges The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, released a statement in its website, where it laid out a warning issued to several bitcoin exchanges in a meeting. Notably, the People’s Bank of China told exchanges not to take ... Read More »

Dealer Busted with 70g of MDMA Found Guilty, Claimed He Ordered from the Darknet for Himself

Julian Fleming-Burt, a 35-year-old former DJ, stood in front of an Exeter Crown Court judge for drug possession charges. The Haldon Road, Tiverton, DJ admitted possession of both ecstascy and marijuana—both intended for distribution, he said. This confession of guilt followed a contradictory “bizarre police interview,” according to Express & Echo. Officers arrested the man with large quantities of MDMA, ... Read More »

Man Who Hacked Women’s Computers to Steal Explicit Photos Signs Sealed Plea Deal

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama, a former Shelby County resident agreed to plead guilty to hacking email and file storage accounts of 50 women. Authorities kept the plea-agreement sealed but still revealed some case details. Roger C. Stanton the FBI Special Agent in Charge, explained that the defendant, Kevin Maldonado, phished the Gmail ... Read More »

Member of $71m Cybercrime Group Sentenced for Wire Fraud

According to US Attorney Annette L. Hayes, US District Judge Thomas S. Zilly sentenced another individual in connection with a massive “ScareWare” scam. The defendant, a 37-year-old citizen of Belarus named Alexander Mihailovski, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in 2016. Although the FBI named Mihailovski in 2012 indictment, Mihailovski avoided any run-ins with law enforcement until police ... Read More »

Teenager Spends $18K on Marijuana from Darknet Markets, Gets Sentenced to Community Service

On January 20, Toby Charles William Fairall pleaded guilty to three marijuana crimes: importation, possession with intent to distribute, and involvement in the distribution of a Class-B drug. The 19-year-old, according to the prosecutor, studied both marijuana and the darknet for months if not longer, before making 26 purchases. Authorities intercepted a package in December 2015, and after Fairall had ... Read More »

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31-year-old German Arrested For Drug Trafficking

Law enforcement authorities detained a 31-year-old suspect from Wernigerode, Germany for drug trafficking. The suspect stood before the Fifth Criminal Court of Magdeburg on Friday. The prosecution accused the 31-year-old of ordering about 560 grams of amphetamines in September 2015 from the dark web. According to the public prosecutor’s office, law enforcement authorities intercepted the narcotics delivery. The vendor sent ... Read More »

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Austrian Hotel Hacked For The Fourth Time

The Seehotel Jägerwirt on the Turracher Höhe, Austria was hacked for the fourth time by cybercriminals. The hotel has been operating in the Kärnten-Styrian ski area for 111 years. In the past few years, the hotel management implemented advanced IT systems for the Jägerwirt. Hotel Chief Christoph Brandstätter found himself in front of a locked computer for the fourth time. ... Read More »

Two Austrians Arrested For Drug Trafficking

An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old were arrested in Ried im Innkreis, Austria for ordering large quantities of narcotics from the dark web. According to police information, the duo ordered drugs from the dark net. They consumed about half of the substances and sold the other half to customers. They advertised the narcotics on social media platforms, and sold to even ... Read More »

Bavaria Sees Increase in Drug Overdoses, but One City Only Sees More Darknet Drugs

According to the National Criminal Police Office, the number of drug overdoses in Bavaria rose to new levels during 2016. Law enforcement, in addition to drug safety groups conducted numerous studies and the results, overall, remained consistent with outside studies. In Augsburg, a city in Bavaria, 27 people died due to drug overdose in 2016, according to Gerlinde Mair, Head ... Read More »

Connecticut Man Found Child Pornography on the Darkweb and Shared it on Omegle

After a tip from Omegle, an online chat service, police officers arrested a former elementary school janitor for possession of child pornography (CP). According to a local news outlet, Douglas Mehan, a 50-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, found the media via a “special web browser.” The web browser, they wrote, allowed him to search for and download the content anonymously. However, ... Read More »