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US Attorney’s Office in Colorado Preparing to Prosecute Darknet and Bitcoin Crimes

An acting US attorney for the state of Colorado announced a new branch of the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division aimed at tackling cybercrime with a group of highly trained investigators. Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer set up a six-attorney unit after looking at child exploitation statistics dating back to 2012. They also evaluated other forms of cybercrime dating ... Read More »

Man Charged With Killing Wife, Murder-For-Hire Through Darknet​

Earlier this week, Stephen Carl Allwine from Cottage Grove, Oregon, was arrested and sent back to jail after local police discovered that Allwine attempted to track his 9-year-old son with a GPS installed on a smartwatch. In late January, Allwine was arrested with allegations of murdering his wife. Local law enforcement agencies and police officers tracked Allwine’s activities in the ... 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 »

Helsinki Police Arrest 16 in Darknet Investigation

Finland rarely hits the news for darknet busts of any sort, and especially not considerably large busts. However, according to a Finland need source, the country may have just set their own record for darknet address or not man-hour. Police in Helsinki reported the arrest of 16 people in connection with darknet market drug dealing. The record set, though, came ... Read More »

Darknet Vendors are Flooding the UK with Fraudulent Train Tickets

In 2016, law enforcement noticed an increase in ticket fraud in the UK. Investigators most commonly saw fraudulent train tickets but other types of tickets became a target for fraudsters. Eventually, an investigator traced the ticket fraud back to two men who used the darknet to cause millions of dollars of damage to banks and credit card companies. Andres Baravalle, ... Read More »

Australian Border Force Busts Darknet Drug Buyer For Importation and Distribution

The Australian Border Force and South Australia Police arrested a 31-year-old Port Neill man for importing a marketable quantity of drugs. Both law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with “partner agencies,” linked the man to a significant number of darknet purchases. After searching the man’s properties, the likelihood of the drugs being for personal use dropped to an astronomically low level. ... Read More »

Darknet Amphetamine Buyer Busted After Lack of Postage on a 250g Amphetamine Package

An all-too-familiar incident occurred in late January where the shortage of postage resulted in an investigation and subsequent arrest. A 31-year-old man from Geretsried, Germany, lacked 95 cents worth of postage on a package of amphetamines. In a fashion so commonly seen in the last few arrests, especially in this area, the package’s return address belonged to a local business. ... Read More »

Darknet Weapons Vendor From Kansas Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division along with Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall of the District of Kansas announced the end of a darknet gunrunner case. A Kansas man Michael Andrew Ryan, aka Brad Jones and GunRunner, signed a plea deal to shorten his sentence—contingent upon information Ryan provided. According to the Department ... Read More »

Bitcoin has Transformed From Darknet Money into Digital Gold

In the early years of bitcoin, even until the end of 2014, bitcoin was perceived as darknet money used to purchase drugs and illicit goods in the dark web. Over the past two years, this image of bitcoin has changed significantly. Bitcoin has transformed from darknet money into digital gold. In late 2016, the global financial market and economy struggled, ... Read More »

Boston Police Department Ends Plan To Monitor the Darknet and Social Media

On January 13th, 2017, the Boston, Massachusetts Police Department announced that it was not going to go forward with their plan to spend up to $1.4 million to acquire software to monitor social media, the darknet, and the deep web for criminal activity and threats to public safety. In a statement posted on the Boston Police Department’s web site, Boston ... Read More »

Major Tor & Darknet Major Privacy Update, Gov’t Investigations Struggle

The Tor Project, a non-profit organization established to provide increased privacy and anonymity to billions of internet users, is set to roll out major privacy updates in the upcoming months which will obstruct active government and law enforcement investigations. Over the past few years, government and law enforcement agencies including Interpol and the FBI have conducted various investigations to crack ... Read More »

German Police Raided Three Suspects for Showing Interest in Darknet Firearm Sales

Despite ample evidence pointing towards German law enforcement’s enhanced ability to catch darknet firearm buyers, people keep trying to buy guns online. Some countries may not report a connection between illegal guns and the darknet. And other countries—according to a Russian forum where guns are a commonplace—have more pressing matters than hunting down gun buyers. Whatever the case may be, ... Read More »

Dealer Busted with 70g of MDMA Found Guilty, Claimed He Ordered from the Darknet for Himself

Julian Fleming-Burt, a 35-year-old former DJ, stood in front of an Exeter Crown Court judge for drug possession charges. The Haldon Road, Tiverton, DJ admitted possession of both ecstascy and marijuana—both intended for distribution, he said. This confession of guilt followed a contradictory “bizarre police interview,” according to Express & Echo. Officers arrested the man with large quantities of MDMA, ... Read More »

Teenager Spends $18K on Marijuana from Darknet Markets, Gets Sentenced to Community Service

On January 20, Toby Charles William Fairall pleaded guilty to three marijuana crimes: importation, possession with intent to distribute, and involvement in the distribution of a Class-B drug. The 19-year-old, according to the prosecutor, studied both marijuana and the darknet for months if not longer, before making 26 purchases. Authorities intercepted a package in December 2015, and after Fairall had ... Read More »