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Four Child Pornographers Arrested In Brazil In Police Action

Brazilian authorities arrested at least four persons who were suspected of producing and distributing child pornography material on the internet. The Brazilian Federal Police (PF) launched a police action, named “Operation Rescue” in Praia Grande and Baixada Santista on Wednesday. The PF conducted raids on five locations, where investigators believed files containing sexual abused children and adolescents were distributed. A ... Read More »

Austrian Man Faces 15 Years In Prison For Serious Drug Charges

An Austrian man is standing trial for ordering large amounts of narcotics from the dark web, which he partly resold to customers. According to the court documents, a 28-year-old man is standing trial at the regional court in Linz, Austria. The prosecution accused the defendant of ordering heroin in large quantities and cocaine in small quantities, along with drug trafficking ... Read More »

Dealer Couple Arrested In Germany, Police Seized More Than a Kilogram Of Amphetamine

German law enforcement authorities arrested a couple who allegedly bought narcotics from the dark web and resold them to customers locally. On the evening of Monday morning, an officer of the local police arrested a 28-year-old woman and her 37-year-old boyfriend, both from Landshut, Germany, in Erding. According to police information, the couple sold more than a kilogram of amphetamine ... Read More »

Dark Web Vendors In Custody as Analysts Examine Their Computers

The public prosecutor’s office in Ravensburg announced a successful operation against a dark web drug trafficking ring. Well, they announced the successful completion of part of an operation – one that still needed work. But assistance from the public would help with the final steps. Since the start of this year, officers gathered intel on a five-headed group of dark ... Read More »

Prison for Former Bitcoin Exchange CEO

C. Aliens Prison for Former Bitcoin Exchange CEO On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio announced Daniel Mercede’s sentencing information. Mercede, a 29-year-old Bay Village man pleaded guilty to access device fraud, bank fraud, and operating an unlicensed money exchanging business. Law enforcement pursued him after he used stolen credit card to operate ... Read More »

AfterHour “Mildly” Sentenced After for Working With Police

In January, Brandenburg officials announced that the FBI helped German law enforcement catch a darknet drug trafficker and three of his accomplices. The main defendant, a 31-year-old known as Mark W., sold drugs on the Silk Road marketplace before law enforcement shut the site down. The Brandenburg resident and accomplices sold more than 1.05 million euros between April 2012 and ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Selling Bitcoin Forum Databases With 12m Entries

DoubleFlag, a vendor on TheRealDeal darknet marketplace, recently posted a listing that caught even darknetmarket regulars by surprise. For $400, anyone with the technical know-how can own databases from Bitcoin discussion forums with a grand goal of 12,000,000 user entries. Some of the most well known forums now have their user data listed on the darknet. The entity, whether a ... Read More »

Alternative Energy Companies Prepare for Digital Takeovers

At a recent renewable energy convention and trade fair, companies with a vested interest in the trade organized an IT security workshop. The presentation, according to some who observed the event was quite frightening. An information and data security consultant demonstrated the damage a malicious hacker could cause. He walked the guests into the darknet. The cluster management Digital Economy ... Read More »

Canada Introduces Bill Allowing Customs to Open All Packages

In 2016, law enforcement in Canada—the Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP—seized a kilogram package of carfentanil. The word spread quickly, especially after RCMP hosted a press release about carfentanil and other opioids entering Canada through the mail system. Like many US government officials, police blamed exploits in the mailing infrastructure. As a result, the Canadian government introduced a bill ... Read More »

UK Identity Fraud Hit Record Levels in 2016

Cifas, a not-for-profit organization working to fight fraud in the UK, warned the public that identity fraud numbers hit record levels in 2016. In addition to the warning, the fraud prevention group noted that 88 percent of all recorded identity fraud occurred online. Fraudsters used several methods of obtaining personal information last year; methods ranged from the classic mail theft ... Read More »

Purity and Prices of Drugs Purchased Online Versus Offline in the Netherlands

Throughout the past decade, the sourcing, marketing and trading of illicit drugs on the world wide web have grown at a rapid rate. The perception of high quality of products is the main catalyst driving customers to online drug marketplaces, especially those on the deep web, however, there is very little evidence supporting this assumption. Moreover, the perception of better ... Read More »