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3.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt The story of the self-proclaimed model who cried “Black Death Group” refuses to stop making headlines. This time, Chloe Ayling’s alleged kidnapper—who slept beside her and went shoe shopping with her—claimed that she had invented the entire narrative. She had allegedly wanted to further her modelling career through a story about human ... Read More »

Man Arrested by ‘Almost Ten’ Officers for Ordering Five Pills

In Switzerland, authorities charged a 25-year-old man with violations of the Narcotics Act after he ordered five ecstasy pills from a darknet vendor that the police intercepted. The suspect asked the vendor for a reship, but instead of the drugs at his door, he said he found “almost ten policemen.” He argued that the overkill caused him emotional distress. Despite ... Read More »

UK Man Convicted for Buying Grenades on Alphabay

Another darknet market user has been convicted for trying to purchase weapons on the now-seized darknet marketplace Alphabay. The UK’s National Crime Agency announced, on December 15, that a Crown Court had found 46-year-old Paul Stellato guilty of attempting to possess ammunition with intent to danger life. The crime occurred on November 23, 2016. Under the name “cocaineking247,” Stellato reached ... Read More »

Teen Blames Darknet for Child Porn Found on His PC

Missouri police announced that a high school student had been charged with 21 counts of felony possession of child pornography. The activities surfaced when school faculty and a local police officer confronted 18-year-old McGwire Coleman at his high school about a completely unrelated crime. After Coleman confessed that he committed the crimes the school had accused him of committing, the ... Read More »

Cops are Investigating the Munich Gun Vendor’s Family

The public prosecutor in Cologne released several court documents that indicated the testimonies provided in the defense of a darknet weapons vendor had likely been fabricated. Family members of the vendor had seemingly practiced their statements before giving them to the authorities. Several days after the release of the documents, reporters spotted police vehicles and helicopters at the family’s houses ... Read More »

Two Dealers Busted in Austria After Package Interception

The National Police Directorate in Tyrol (LPD Tirol) announced the completion of an investigation into two teenage drug dealers. According to the Innsbruck prosecutor, the duo had imported drugs from Germany—through a darknet vendor—into the Austrian state of Tyrol. Police seized more than $27,000 worth of various illegal substances during a raid at one of the suspect’s houses. German authorities ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 31.12.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin exchange executive kidnapped, found alive and safe three days later According to various reports, a 40-year-old analyst at cryptocurrency exchange EXMO, Pavel Lerner, was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing dark clothes and balaclavas in Kiev, Ukraine, after leaving his company’s offices on December 26. At ... Read More »

Secrecy of communication is violated 435 thousand times in Russia

According to the data provided by the judicial department of the Supreme Court of Russia, legal enforcement agencies have submitted 436,800 petitions for breaching the confidentiality of correspondence in 2017. 99.68% of them were upheld. It is important to understand that LEAs tracked messages and intercepted phone calls in the course of so called “investigating activities.” In these cases, officers ... Read More »

Luxembourg Pedophile Downloaded 3,900 Illegal Pictures

On December 13, a Luxembourg court convicted a 33-year-old man of possession of child pornography and for distribution of child pornography. He had downloaded the illegal pictures and videos from sources on both the clearnet and darknet while going through a so-called “depressive” phase. The investigators focused on episodes in 2012, 2013, and 2015. At a previous hearing, the lead ... Read More »

Queensland Man Sentenced to Four Years for Drug Importation

In September 2016, Australia’s Townsville Drug Squad arrested a 17-year-old Lachlan Thomas Weirick for the suspected importation of large quantities of drugs from darknet market vendors. During execution of the search warrant at the man’s house, Townsville police reportedly found more than $60,000 worth of various illegal substances. Roughly 15 months later, at the Supreme Court hearing in Townsville, Justice ... Read More »

Oregon PlayPen Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Thomas Gene Duncan to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Duncan had spent almost 100 hours on a darknet child abuse forum called “PlayPen.” When the FBI raided his Gresham home in October, 2015, they found 120 videos and 4,000 pictures downloaded from numerous child abuse sites, including PlayPen. They also ... Read More »

Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt

Lukasz Herba, the Polish man accused of kidnapping an Instagram ‘model’ to auction on the darknet, told officials that the model had planned the so-called “kidnapping” to further her career. The model, Chloe Ayling, had accused Herba and his brother of luring her to a fake photoshoot in Milan, kidnapping her, and attempting to auction her on the darknet several ... Read More »

Member of Connecticut Opioid Ring Sentenced to 10 Years

A Connecticut man will spend 10 years in prison for participating in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy. The dealer, 32-year-old Jared McBriarty of Bristol, Connecticut, worked with at least two other Connecticut men to import fentanyl, ecstasy, and alprazolam from a darknet vendor in China, court officials said. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one ... Read More »

Hydra market denies police seizure of its servers

On December 11 the following breaking news hit the Russian darknet community: “German law enforcements spotted the largest darknet market connected with drug trafficking in countries of former Commonwealth of Independent States. It was a result of well-coordinated operation carried out by the Administration C* and German police. Special forces act promptly and at the moment analyze information stored on ... Read More »