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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 »

Chief Prosecutor Dr. Peter Frank: More powers in the monitoring of telecommunications demanded.

German Chief Prosecutor Seeks To Monitor Communications More Extensively

Chief Prosecutor Dr. Peter Frank demands more powers for authority to monitor telecommunications. If he succeeds with his plan, law enforcement will be able to decrypt encrypted messages, used by dark net criminals and terrorists, more efficiently. The federal prosecutor seeks to surveil telecommunications due to the terrorist attacks in 2016. According to him, the current legal situation led to ... Read More »

Three Arrested For Attempted Gun Purchase In Germany

A 43, 46, and a 51-year-old were all arrested in Germany for attempted weapon purchase over the dark web, according to the joint press release of the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor and the Reutlingen Police Department. The investigation started in December 2016, after the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) tipped a police officer in Esslingen. According to authorities, the 46-year-old, from ... Read More »

Over 10,000 Firearms Seized in Spain, Bought on the Darknet

Since January 12, the Spanish National Police located in Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Gerona, along with Europol conducted a nationwide operation to crackdown on the illicit distribution and acquisition of firearms. Over the past few weeks, investigators of Europol, the European Union (EU)’s law enforcement agency and the Spanish police followed various leads to track down a criminal group that ... Read More »

Ransomware Developer Gives Out Free Decryption Key to Business Helping Children

Not all ransomware distributors have an unscrupulous intent, it seems. Earlier this month, a small business owner with the alias “SwervinErvin” was granted a free decryption key to a ransomware infection his company’s computers were affected by. On a forum, SwervinErvin revealed that a ransomware distributor who goes by the email [email protected] provided free decryption key and decoder to him ... Read More »

US Executive Being Investigated For Purchasing Child Porn on Darknet

US executive and linguistics expert James Kirk Jones was arrested earlier this week after investigators discovered he was creating a collection of child pornography obtained from the darknet. Upon the issuance of a warrant, local law enforcement officers and investigators seized the laptop, mobile phone and hard drive of Jones. Within the local storage of his laptop, investigators found 39 ... Read More »

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US Postal Service Calls for Cybercrime and Darknet Investigators in Latest Job Listing

In September 2016, Senator Rob Portman delivered a briefing to members of the Senate regarding a bill aimed at ending darknet drug trafficking through the mail. Throughout the year, we have repeatedly seen the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) credited in darknet drug trafficking cases. And, at least in the United States, the United States Postal Service (USPS) unknowingly ... Read More »

Third Co-Admin of the Child Pornography Site “PlayPen” Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Michael Fluckiger, known as “Administrator 2” in the administration of the child pornography site PlayPen, pleaded guilty to his crimes in December 2015. In early January, a judge sentenced the man to 20 years in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise. The Indiana man, after being arrested in April 2015, pleaded not guilty to sexual exploitation and other ... Read More »

Another Operation Pacifier Suspect Pleaded Guilty Again After Withdrawing the First Plea

Years ago, the FBI began investigating darknet child pornography viewers, sharers, and a whole dragnet of unrelated individuals. The legality of the case and more importantly the validity of the evidence the FBI obtained faced scrutiny from both sides of the law. Federal judges ruled both for and against the use of the illegal Network Investigative (NIT) on the defendants ... Read More »

Darknet Child Porn Sites Redirecting Users with JavaScript Enabled

Darknet and deepweb child pornography sites catch much of the darknet-related media coverage. And this is for good reason; law enforcement agencies worldwide made child pornography busts a priority in fighting darknet crime. Aside from that of the Silk Road, no other type of hidden service site garnered as much media attention as the FBI’s Operation Pacifier continually collected. Operation ... Read More »

Obama Administration Approves Sharing of Raw NSA Intercepts

On January 12th, 2016, the Obama administration approved new rules which allow the NSA to share raw signals intelligence collected under Executive Order 12333 with other intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies such as the DEA, FBI, DHS, IRS, and even local and state police. Executive Order 12333 Executive Order 12333 was first signed by President Ronald Reagan on December ... Read More »

In addition to 32 cannabis plants, the policemen found much more in their search.

During House Search German Police Found Drugs Ordered From The Dark Web

A 22-year-old man and his 27-year-old wife were arrested in Melle, Germany for possessing of narcotics. The investigation started with an internet search, which led police to the 22-year-old’s home. Authorities suspected that the accused bought narcotics from a dark web vendor shop. On January 10, law enforcement authorities visited the man’s apartment. His wife opened the door and allowed ... Read More »

Suspects In Mariestad Case Appeal Judgement

The Skaraborg District Court in Sweden recently sentenced a 30-year-old and a 35-year-old to eight years and six months in prison for running a vendor shop on the dark web. Now, both men appealed their convictions at the Gota Court of Appeal. With the appeal filed, there is a risk to the suspects. If the prosecutor files a cross-appeal, both ... Read More »

Case of pedophile postman postponed

Case Of Belgian Pedophile Postman Postponed

LH, a Belgian postman, was sentenced last year to 17 years in prison for the abuse of his son, and for assisting a German national to rape the child. In addition to that, the man filmed the sexual intercourse and uploaded the images to a dark web child pornography forum. The suspect was summoned to court on January 12 to ... Read More »