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UK’s Investigatory Powers Act Ruled Unlawful by Court

A United Kingdom law known as the Investigatory Powers Act, which authorizes mass surveillance, was recently ruled to be unlawful by the Court of Appeals in London. The Investigatory Powers Act is popularly known as the Snoopers Charter. The ruling from the three judge panel strikes down much of the Snoopers Charter. The challenge to the British mass surveillance law ... Read More »

Lisbon DMT Dealers Prepare for Upcoming Court Appearance

According to the District Attorney’s Office in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, two preventively arrested individuals sold massive amounts of psychedelic drugs on the darknet. Authorities are soon to try the traffickers in collective court. The suspects allegedly sold DMT, psilocin, psilocybin, LSD, and 2-CB to customers throughout Europe and the United States. During the arrest of the suspects, the ... Read More »

Ross Ulbricht Appeals Life Sentence to the Supreme Court

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the May 2015 conviction and sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, the founder and creator of the infamous darknet market SIlk Road. Ross is now appealing the Second Circuit Court’s ruling to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States. According to Kannon K. Shanmugam, the lawyer behind the appeal, presented two questions ... Read More »

Elysium Member Admits Guilt in Dresden Court

In July, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided an apartment and arrested a 39-year-old male. At the same time, a massive darknet child abuse forum called Elysium suddenly went dark. The apartment belonged to the owner of the forum and the BKA had seized his servers. Six months later, one of the 87,000 Elysium members appeared at the Dresden District ... Read More »

Court Date Set for Alleged Dream Market Moderator

Former Dream Market Senior Moderator Gal Vallerius received a date for his next court appearance. Vallerius has been in federal custody ever since landing in the United States on August 31. The alleged darknet market moderator and vendor faces drug distribution conspiracy charges in the Southern District of Florida. According to the DEA agent responsible for the investigation, Vallerius worked ... Read More »

Federal Court Orders Coinbase to Turn Over Records on 14,355 Customers to the IRS

In 2016, Bitcoin exchange Coinbase was ordered by a federal court in California to turn over customer information. On November 29th of this year the court ruled that Coinbase must turn over information on 14,355 customers to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The records involve customers who either bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 worth of Bitcoin. The ... Read More »

US Supreme Court Hears Landmark Cellphone Privacy Case

On Wednesday, November 29th oral arguments in the case of Carpenter v. United States began in the Supreme Court of the United States. The Carpenter v. United States case could have huge implications for digital privacy in the United States. Some privacy rights activists are calling this case the biggest case on digital privacy rights of this century. The court’s ... Read More »

Teen Darknet Buyer Told to “Grow Up” in Court

A 19-year-old, according to his own admission, had ordered a package of MDMA from a darknet vendor in Holland to “experiment” with the drug. The teenager considered himself a “psychonaut,” a police expert explained. Recorder Gareth Evans QC, who did not believe the teen had ordered MDMA for personal use, told the self-described psychonaut to “grow up.” On October 4, ... Read More »

Bitcoin Money Laundering Lands Six in Court

Six men are facing charges in the Netherlands after being accused of laundering hundreds of thousands of euros with the aid of the online cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. They allegedly laundered the money by reselling bitcoins paid for by illicit drug sales. The men appeared in a Dutch court on Wednesday and are now facing a potential jail term ranging from 6 ... Read More »

Court Rules FBI Can Keep Phone Hacking Tool Secret from the Public

On December 2nd, 2015 Syed Rizwan Farook committed one of the worst terrorist attacks in the history of California, shooting 14 people and seriously injuring 22 other people. After Farook died in a shootout with law enforcement, the FBI seized Farook’s iPhone 5c. During the investigation into the terrorist attack, the FBI was unable to decrypt Farook’s iPhone. The FBI ... Read More »

Lithuanian Court gives Green Light for Man to be extradited to the U.S. in Phishing Case

A local court in Vilnius, Lithuania on Monday approved for a businessman suspected of defrauding more than $100 million out of two major multinational tech companies, Google and Facebook in a cyber crime case to be extradited to the United States. Although the U.S. indictment failed to mention the names of the companies, Snieguole Uzdanaviciene, Rimasauskas’ attorney, said the firms ... Read More »