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Darkweb Drug Dealer “OxyMonster” Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

The darkweb drug vendor OxyMonster was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a Florida courtroom in early October. The court heard that OxyMonster both sold controlled substances on several darkweb markets and worked as a senior staff member on one of the most popular markets in existence. Gal Vallerius, a 36-year-old French national who had entered the United States ... Read More »

New York Man Sentenced to 20 Months for MDMA Importation

A man from Rochester, New York, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for importing approximately 237 grams of MDMA from a supplier in Germany between March 23, 2017, and March 31, 2017. New York Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested the man on March 31, 2017, for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. A press release from the U.S. ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Guilty of 20 Counts of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Josh Minkler, in a statement to the press published on the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Indiana, announced that Adrian Grisanti, 46, was convicted on 20 counts of various child pornography charges and one count of destruction of evidence. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced the verdict after a four-day trial in New ... Read More »

Maryland Man Gets 20 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

A 30-year-old Maryland man will spend nearly 20 years behind bars for distributing child abuse content through the darknet and other file sharing programs. After release, the man will spend the remainder of his life on supervised release. In early 2017, Silver Spring resident Kevin Heiting pleaded guilty to sharing more than 100,000 child abuse photos on the darknet. DeepDotWeb, ... Read More »

Man jailed 20 over explicit content from a teenager over the dark web

A 30-year-old Silver Spring man, Kevin Heiting was arrested after he solicited explicit child pornographic photos. Heiting confessed and admitted to the photography, collecting and distributing of the child videos and images in hopes of giving a plea that would lead to his release. However, judge Paula Xinis sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment with an extended lifetime supervision after ... Read More »

Europol Joint Investigation Puts 20 Cybercriminals in Police Custody

The Romanian National Police, the Italian National Police and Europol, all teamed up to hunt cyber criminals across Europe. Following years of investigation and raids, 20 cyber criminals were arrested for being in connection with a €1 million fraud. The joint investigation resulted in the arrest of the Carbanak gang leader. The Carbanak gang was arrested days before the Romanian ... Read More »

Decentralized Darknet Markets Have Arrived: OpenBazaar 2.0 Beta Launches with Support for Tor

  OpenBazaar recently launched the beta version of OpenBazaar 2.0, finally allowing people to anonymously buy and sell products with cryptocurrency. In January of this year a Developer Release of version 2.0 of the OpenBazaar software was released, followed by the alpha version. The previous releases of OpenBazaar 2.0 used a testnet, but now with the beta version of the ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Rogue Silk Road agent admits he stole another 1,600 BTC after guilty plea Shaun Bridges, a rogue Secret Service agent who plead guilty to obstruction of justice and money laundering while investigating Silk Road, after stealing over $800,000 worth of Bitcoin, recently plead guilty to stealing another 1,600 BTC ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, May 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: WannaCry ransomware campaign netted hackers nearly $100,000 in bitcoin A massive global ransomware campaign using a strain known as WannaCry, carried out by an unknown author, recently hit organizations in nearly 100 countries using an NSA exploit and demanded a bitcoin ransom in return for the victims’ files back. ... Read More »

Former Silk Road 2.0 Buyer Sentenced to Prison

On March 13, acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker sentenced a Michigan man to prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Michael Carlton Paiva, the defendant, bought significant quantities of drugs from vendors on the Silk Road 2.0. The feds watched him until 2017 when they gathered enough evidence to send Paiva ... Read More »

US Silk Road 2.0 Reseller Sentenced To Prison

Michael Carlton Paiva, a 30-year-old man from Norton Shores, was sentenced to prison for ordering various substances from the dark net and reselling them to his customers locally. The suspect was arrested as part of an international law enforcement operation. Operation Onymous, a joint police action between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol, and local authorities, resulted in the bust ... Read More »

Tax Records of American Citizens Sold on Darknet For $20 in Bitcoin

Tax scams are on the rise again as the tax season is approaching. Hackers and scammers are using sophisticated tools and complex software to steal sensitive financial and personal information to file fraudulent tax returns. There exists two main phases in a tax scam: acquisition of necessary financial and personal information and utilizing data sets to request for tax refunds. ... Read More »

Anonymous Hacks Freedom Hosting II, Bringing Down Almost 20% of Active Darknet Sites

A researcher known as @Deku_shrub, after he found a Reddit post mentioning an oddity, verified that an entity hacked Freedom Hosting II, one of the largest hosting platforms for hidden services. In 2013, the FBI indicted the creator and owner of the original Freedom Hosting, Eric Eoin Marques for hosting child pornography. Marques, a 31-year-old man from Dublin, fought against ... Read More »