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Task Force Argos Operated a Darknet Child Abuse Forum for 11 Months

With striking similarity to the US FBI’s takeover of the darknet child abuse forum PlayPen, Australian police triggered arrests across the globe after spending nearly a year secretly running the forum. Investigative journalists with VG, a Norwegian newspaper, unintentionally stumbled upon the secret operation while investigating the massive child exploitation forum known as Childs Play. While investigating the site, one ... Read More »

India’s National Internet Registry Breach, Data Spotted On Darknet

Over 6,000 businesses in India have been reportedly breached by an unknown cyber criminal. The enterprise arm of IT security firm Quick Heal, Seqrite claimed they spotted over 6,000 sensitive information of organizations including service providers, banks and government put up on the Darknet for sale. According to the information, the nation’s internet registry was also hit by the attack, ... Read More »

Drug Dealer Bought a Gun on the Darknet “for Protection”

In early October, the Chilly-Mazarin Criminal Court heard the case of a formerly convicted drug dealer who had stepped up in the world of crime. In addition to cocaine and marijuana, police found a semi automatic in the suspect’s home. The gun, he said, came from the darknet. Local news outlets reported that the 31-year-old suspect had not “escaped a ... Read More »

Logins for 37 Parliamentarians Sale on the Darknet

According to the “internationally active cybersecurity team,” Kaduu, the personal information, passwords, and other account data of 37 parliamentarians leaked online. Politicians from all parties are included in a database dump that Kaduu found on the darknet. Much of the information had originated from the Dropbox and LinkedIn dumps from years ago. Kaduu, like so many similar firms, provides a ... Read More »

Custom Share Plans To Thwart Darknet Drugs and Cyber Crime

Drug trafficking is very common in Guam, and they all pass through the hands of special customs before reaching their respective destinations; the kind courtesy of the Darknet marketplace. The Darknet has been a thorn in the flesh of many countries, and the ever-changing ideas of its users make it difficult for the effort of authorities to come to light. ... Read More »

Student Caught with 360 Grams of Weed from the Darknet

Police investigators in Augsburg reported a milestone in an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the region. The investigation, according to Friedberg police, began in early 2017, but the dealer(s) had been selling drugs far before the start of the investigation. In what appeared to have been the first arrest in the “complex” case, Friedberg police arrested a 16-year-old school ... Read More »

Credit Agency Uses Darknet to Scare Customers into Buying Services

One of the world’s biggest consumer credit reporting agencies is trying to use consumers fear of the darknet to try and sell an identity theft protection product. Experian, known as one of the “big three” consumer credit reporting agencies alongside TransUnion and Equifax, is pushing its IdentityWorks Premium program as a way to protect consumers identity from nefarious users who ... Read More »

More than 50 Arrested in International Darknet Counterfeit Sting

  Through an international operation, Europol and local law enforcement agencies arrested 53 counterfeiters that distributed or purchased fake euro banknotes via the darknet. The “joint action day” involved seven EU Member States, coordinated by Europol, their press release noted. The entire operation fell into place after the arrest of a single counterfeiter in Austria. After Austrian authorities busted the ... Read More »

DHS Issues 165 New Medicare Numbers After Darknet Fiasco

After recent reports of darknet vendors selling Medicare numbers on darknet marketplaces, the Department of Human Services (DHS) issued new Medicare numbers to as many as 165 people. Although the Australian government downplayed the existence of stolen Medicare numbers, the DHS backtracked their statements from day one. Including the number of compromised Medicare numbers: they had originally claimed that “about” ... Read More »

Dutch Darknet Grenade Buyer Freed for Personal Reasons

In April 2017, a 37-year-old man from Leek had ordered numerous explosive devices on the darknet. The news only surfaced three months later at the suspect’s first court appearance. The court believed sufficient evidence existed to continue to hold the man until his sentencing hearing in December. However, at a September court appearance, the court allowed the man to leave ... Read More »

Authorities Arrest Three on a Darknet Drug Trade

The Italian authorities intercepted three kilos of marijuana and other substances ordered from the Darknet within the week. An investigation coordinated by Nicola Russo led to the arrest of three individuals. Their names were not given by the authorities as investigation were still in progress. However, the information gathered from the arrest revealed that the ages of the arrested traffickers ... Read More »

Four Arrested in Italy for Selling Drugs from the Darknet

On September 16, a Carabinieri operation spanning from a province in Venice to the province of Pordenone netted four suspected drug dealers who sourced their products from the darknet. The Carabinieri found—while searching all four suspects—thousands of Euros, several pounds of marijuana, 100 grams of MDMA, 70 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, and evidence of drug distribution. The arrests fell into ... Read More »

Four Busted in South Korea’s First Darknet Drug Operation

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s largest news outlet, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of four suspects in connection with darknet cannabis distribution. Yonhap reported that the main suspect, according to the indictment, had rented out a large building and converted the place into a marijuana grow center. From there, he sold to local dealers and ... Read More »

Swedish Police: Owls are Being Sold on the Darknet

  According to Police in Sweden, crimes against animals are becoming more frequent. One animal in particular—the great grey owl—has been targeted by animal and plant thieves to sell on underground markets. Rare orchids and reptiles have also become popular marks for the bird snatchers, a police department head explained. A fully grown great grey owl can net upwards of ... Read More »

Chesapeake Man Pleaded Guilty in Darknet CP Investigation

On September 12, a Chesapeake man pleaded guilty to downloading “hundreds of thousands” of images depicting child abuse. The pictures, according to court documents, came from a darknet bulletin board. McClung, a 64-year-old Virginia resident, landed in the scope of a Homeland Security Investigations case in 2015. Agents arrested him last year. According to court documents, Homeland Security Investigations opened ... Read More »