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Dutch Silk Road Narcotics Vendor Faces Prison

The Public Prosecutor (OM) recommended a sentence of fifteen months (five months suspended) in prison for a 37-year-old from Groningen, the Netherlands for selling drugs on the Silk Road Marketplace. According to the OM, the suspect sold hard narcotics on the infamous Silk Road Marketplace. The 37-year-old used his own room at a residential building on the Oude Boteringestraat in ... Read More »

Bitcoin in China: Summary of the latest developments

Over the last couple weeks, the “Bitcoin situation” has changed dramatically in China, the world’s leading power in both Bitcoin trading volume and network hashrate. Following the intervention from the country’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, exchanges were forced to change their policies dramatically. Today we want to bring you up to speed on the recent events that ... Read More »

12 Million Pages of Declassified Documents From CIA

UFO’s, Modern Wars & STARGATE Oh My CIA took to Twitter Trump style, tweeting the announcement that “Approx. 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages” became available online last week. CIA used hashtags to describe several subject names of files released online: #ColdWar, #BerlinTunnel, #Vietnam and others. Along with a new look for the CIA Freedom of Information Act ... Read More »

Lavabit Relaunches Encrypted E-mail Service

Lavabit is relaunching it’s encrypted e-mail service, after having been shut down since 2013. The company shut down it’s encrypted e-mail service to avoid complying with a request by federal law enforcement that would have compromised user privacy. Whistleblower Edward Snowden was a user of Lavabit’s e-mail service at the time, and the FBI had requested Lavabit’s encryption key. “The ... Read More »

ProtonMail Adds Tor Support with a New Onion Site and SSL Certificate

In a press release from the Swiss-based, privacy-oriented email provider ProtonMail, the organization acknowledged the growing need for secure communications. But, beyond that, they recognized the increasing need to bypass “state sponsored censorship.” But the announcement served as a much greater purpose than a mere recognition. They announced ProtonMail became Tor-accessible, with its own .onion, both to increase user privacy ... Read More »

International Law Enforcement Gathered to Share Concerns About Bitcoin and Money Laundering

Between January 16 and January 18 of 2017, more than 400 cybercrime, cybersecurity, and money laundering investigators met in Doha, Qatar to discuss digital currency. Specifically, the organizations gathered to analyze the role digital currencies like Bitcoin played on money laundering, economic stability, and terrorist funding. The Working Group on Virtual Currencies—a jointly operated initiative from Europol, Interpol, and the ... Read More »

Two Swiss Arrested For Ordering Counterfeit Euros

A 20-year-old and a 28-year-old Swiss citizen were sentenced for using counterfeit euros that they ordered from the dark web. On April 20, 2016, the two suspects from Northwestern Switzerland ordered ten notes of 50 euros from the dark web, according to official court information. They paid for the currency with bitcoins. The duo received the bills on May 17. ... Read More »

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19-year-old German Addict Ordered Narcotics From Dark Web

A 19-year-old from Waakirchen, Germany was sentenced to one week in prison and to four drug screenings for ordering narcotics from the dark net. The accused stood before court on January 18. The charges against him included drug trafficking and money laundering. However, the 19-year-old had his own version ready. According to the public prosecutor, the suspect ordered narcotics from ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, February 5, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Fidelity Charitable revealed it received $7 million in bitcoin donations last year Fidelity Charitable, an independent American charity, recently announced bitcoiners donated the equivalent of over $7 million in 2016. The organization gave people the option to donate in bitcoin back in November 2015, hoping the move would provide ... Read More »

According to own data, the drug consume has sold 80 grams of marijuana, 125 ecstasy tablets and three grams of amphetamines.

Austrian Sentenced For Ordering Drugs From Canada And The Netherlands

A 21-year-old from Bludenz, Austria was sentenced to 12 months of probation for ordering narcotics from the dark web and reselling them. According to the defendant, he bought drugs from dark net vendors since the prices on the dark web were much cheaper than on the streets. The 21-year-old placed orders for packs of 233 grams of marijuana and 200 ... Read More »

Judge Rules That Unlocking Cellphones via Fingerprint Does Not Violate Constitutional Rights

In response to an incident that lacked any relation to the last fingerprint-related news, a Minnesota court ruled against a recent Fifth Amendment appeal regarding device passwords. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that ordering an individual to unlock a device with a fingerprint “is no more testimonial than furnishing a blood sample, providing handwriting or voice exemplars, standing in ... Read More »

New Zealander Convicted of Ordering Ecstasy from Darknet Marketplaces

According to Sunlive, a Tauranga, New Zealand man pleaded guilty to the importation of a Class B drug via a darknet marketplace. A Tauranga District Court judge convicted the 21-year-old based on the confessions he made to police and remanded him until the bail hearing in February. The Tauranga man, founded by his own confession, now faces a maximum sentencing ... Read More »

Ohio Man Pleaded Guilty to Selling Fentanyl From China that Resulted in a Fatal Overdose

In 2015, a 36-year-old from Akron, Ohio, sold fentanyl that resulted in the death of an unidentified Akron fentanyl-user. Leroy Shuarod Steele, one of the three defendants named in the indictment, admitted that he sold the fentanyl. Steele’s guilty plea, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, is “likely” to bring a 20-year prison sentence. ... Read More »