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Famed Hacker Emails Source, Says Spanish Police Never Arrested Him

Spain’s Policia Nacional, in late January and early February, arrested three suspected hackers for hacks that targeted two spyware-for-hire companies. Both companies, Hacking Team and Gamma International created and sold malware, spyware, and communication interception tools to law enforcement—exclusively—for years on end. In 2015 and 2014, a hacker breached both companies. One hacker, Phineas Fisher, claimed responsibility for the hacks ... Read More »

Five Arrested for Hacking 41 ATMs and Stealing $2.5m in Taiwan

According to a press release from Europol, law enforcement in Europe and Asia ran a “complex operation” that resulted in five arrests. Three separate law enforcement agencies made the arrests after collecting intel during the year-long investigation into “an organized criminal group.” The European and Asian law enforcement agencies involved—agencies in Romania, Belarus, and Taiwan—successfully convicted three of the five ... Read More »

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31-year-old German Arrested For Drug Trafficking

Law enforcement authorities detained a 31-year-old suspect from Wernigerode, Germany for drug trafficking. The suspect stood before the Fifth Criminal Court of Magdeburg on Friday. The prosecution accused the 31-year-old of ordering about 560 grams of amphetamines in September 2015 from the dark web. According to the public prosecutor’s office, law enforcement authorities intercepted the narcotics delivery. The vendor sent ... Read More »

Two Austrians Arrested For Drug Trafficking

An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old were arrested in Ried im Innkreis, Austria for ordering large quantities of narcotics from the dark web. According to police information, the duo ordered drugs from the dark net. They consumed about half of the substances and sold the other half to customers. They advertised the narcotics on social media platforms, and sold to even ... Read More »

Suspected Hacker Behind the NeverQuest Banking Trojan Arrested in Spain

In 2013, researchers from Kaspersky Lab’s SecureList published “Online Banking Faces a New Threat” and explained the threat NeverQuest, a banking trojan, posed to the public. Three-and-a-half years after a hacker listed the malware on a forum, Spain’s Guardia Civil announced that officers arrested NeverQuest’s creator. The press release revealed that the FBI requested Interpol issue an arrest warrant for ... 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 »

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 »

Elmshorn Man Arrested For Buying Drugs From Dark Web

A 31-year-old was arrested in Elmshorn, Germany for buying narcotics from the dark web. The Customs Office in Essen intercepted a package containing 500 grams of amphetamines. The parcel belonged to the 31-year-old suspect. The package was delivered to an address in Norderstedt, but law enforcement authorities quickly tracked down the suspect’s location in Elmshorn. On December 30, police raided ... Read More »

German Arrested for Buying Ammo on the Darknet

In Mettmann—East of Düsseldorf in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, a 45-year-old IT specialist fell under law enforcement’s scope of suspects for online firearms purchases. The Customs Office of Essen opened the investigation into the suspect but made no mention of how the 45-year-old became a suspect. The Customs Office started investigating the Mettmanner and inspectors from the Customs Office are ... Read More »

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Eight Arrested In Malta For Selling Counterfeit Euros

The financial division of Europol and Maltese law enforcement authorities arrested eight suspects who are believed to be selling counterfeit euros on the dark web. Officials say the gang was among the biggest euro counterfeiters on the dark net. Only eight people have been arrested by authorities, however, police claim they are a bigger part of a large international organization. ... Read More »

34 Teenagers Arrested For DDoS Attacks, Europol Wants to Send a Message

34 teenagers, mainly under the age of 20, were arrested by the European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol on December 12 for deploying DDoS-for-hire attacks on various websites. Europol Head of European Cybercrime Center (EC3) Steve Wilson stated a strong case will be made against young adults attempting to pursue a criminal path with technologies. Wilson, who led the successful ... Read More »

A ransomware master known as “Pornopoker” was arrested in Russia

A publication from BleepingComputer reports that a man known as “Pornopoker” has been arrested by Russian authorities, for writing and distributing ransomware. His real name is yet to be released. Pornopoker, allegedly a 40-year-old man from Volgograd, Russia, was arrested at the Domodedovo International Airport, located near Moscow. He was caught by Russian authorities after he returned from Thailand where ... Read More »

10 Arrested As Part Of Operation Hyperion In Sweden

Law enforcement authorities in Kronoberg County, Sweden arrested 10 of the 50 alleged suspects who were identified as dark net narcotics buyers. ”We have received information that there are suspected buyers in Ljungby. In Växjö, two people were arrested in Araby Park. Police found a few hundred grams of cannabis on them,” said Robert Loeffel, Head of Region South. During ... Read More »

Upper Austria Vendor Group Arrested

Three men were arrested in Vöcklabruck, Austria who are suspected of running a vendor shop on the dark web. A 47-year-old and two 20-year-old men allegedly sold about one kilogram of amphetamines on the dark net. Police information says the trio was in business from September 2015 to November 2016. The vendor group dealt in bulk orders of amphetamines, they ... Read More »