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ICE Agents Posed As Money Launderers to Bust Darknet Drug Dealers

The United States Department of Justice recently announced that federal law enforcement agents have filed charges against 90 people as the result of an undercover federal operation on the darknet. The undercover investigation was conducted by law enforcement agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations branch. ICE is itself a branch of the Department ... Read More »

12.7.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

Maryland Man Charged for Selling Counterfeit Xanax on the Darknet A Homeland Security Investigations investigation known as Operation Dark Gold ended with the arrest of 35 individuals suspected of illegal activity connected to the darknet. One suspect, in Maryland man, has been accused of producing counterfeit pills from his home in Baltimore County and selling the counterfeit pills on the ... Read More »

California Man Admits Selling Guns to a Darknet Vendor

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced that Michael Paul Grisham Smith, 44, pleaded guilty to selling AR-15s with obliterated serial numbers to undercover Homeland Security Investigations agents who had been posing as a darknet weapons vendor. In five months, according to the announcement and recently unsealed court documents, Smith sold eight rifles to the undercover federal agent on three separate ... Read More »

Man Indicted After Attempting to Order Radioactive Substances on the Darknet

Late in the month of June, a Charlotte grand jury returned an indictment filed in response to murder-for-hire charges filed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Christopher Nasca. As expected, the returned federal indictment charged a North Carolina man for attempting to kill a man he referred to as his “enemy.” Bryant Riyanto Budi, 26, hired a hitman to murder ... Read More »

Fake Cheques in France Raise Concerns of Darknet Counterfeit Trouble

Fraud aided by the darknet is becoming rampant in the world; France has its own share of the vice. Authorities in the past and to date, have arrested citizens engaging in fraudulent activities on the darknet or activities originating from the anonymous deep web. Instances of fraud recently including purchasing fake Identities or fake cheques and euros. Two Cernay teenagers ... Read More »

Over 15 Synthetic Darknet Drugs Found in Mexico

The Congress of the Union has asked the Comisión Nacional de Seguridad (or National Security Commission / CNS) to come up with strong strategies that can help in the fight against illegal drug trading in Mexico. This includes online businesses whose payments are made via credit cards and delivered by drones and parcels. The Congress of the Union has urged ... Read More »

Nine Arrested in France in Possession of Darknet Bought Devices

Range Rover owners in France found a reprieve last Tuesday when the department of security arrested nine suspected gang members in Essonne. The thefts of over 68 Range Rovers, comprised of eight members, ages 18 -21 and a ninth, 34 years old. According to reports, the arrests occurred after a six month long investigation starting in January. The gang had ... Read More »

Maryland Man Charged for Selling Counterfeit Xanax on the Darknet

Federal authorities in Maryland have accused a Baltimore County man of selling millions of dollars worth of counterfeit Xanax pills on the darknet. He faces drug distribution charges, money laundering charges, and an assortment of charges for related crimes. The Baltimore Sun reported that newly unsealed court documents accused Ryan Farace, 34, of operating a lucrative vendor account on an ... Read More »

London Doctor Sentenced for Selling Drugs on the Darknet

On June 22, Judge Patrick Thompson of the Chester Crown Court sentenced a London doctor to four years and eight months in prison for selling drugs on the darknet. The doctor, Dr. Tim Kerr, 28, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, one count of importing illegal substances, and one count of conspiracy ... Read More »

Another Massive Darknet Drug Bust in Germany

Police in Germany arrest suspects behind 125 Kg+ of synthetic drugs. Barely a week after French investigators took over Black Hand, law enforcement in Munster have seized up to 250 kilograms of narcotics that had been previously ordered on the Darknet from the Netherlands. The illegal drugs were destined for clients in Germany. The intelligence team, which comprised of narcotic ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor and Three Customers Busted in Mannheim

At the request of the public prosecutor in Mannheim, officials at the Mannheim District Court signed a provisional arrest warrant for four suspected darknet drug dealers and drug buyers, a joint announcement from the Mannheim public prosecutor and the Mannheim Police Headquarters read. The suspects had allegedly used the darknet to buy or sell drugs beginning in March 2016 and ... Read More »

3.7.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

“Black Hand” Darknet Forum Seized by French Authorities French Customs brought down a darknet forum called the “Black Hand,” the Minister of Public Accounts announced in a press release. The forum functioned as a drug market and a fraud market, former users of the forum have revealed. The announcement focused primarily on the market’s fake identification section that allowed fraudsters ... Read More »

“Black Hand” Darknet Forum Seized by French Authorities

C. Aliens “Black Hand” Darknet Forum Seized by French Authorities Customs in France announced the end of an operation that resulted in the takedown of a French darknet forum known as the “Black Hand.” According to the announcement from the Minister of Public Accounts, the forum—also described as a market—facilitated the trade of drugs, fake identification documents, stole data and ... Read More »

Darknet Vendors and Buyers Switching to Decentralized Trading Solutions

A recent report issued by Digital Shadows claims that darknet vendors and buyers are increasingly moving away from the use of centralized darknet markets, like Dream Market and Wall Street Market, and moving to decentralized marketplaces. Digital Shadows is an organization which monitors and reports on the darknet, the clearnet, and the deep web. In the new 15 page report, ... Read More »

25.06.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

“Variety Jones” Arraigned, Pleaded Not Guilty to All Six Charges Variety Jones aka Roger Clark was arraigned before a United States District Judge at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. As expected (for any defendant), Clark pleaded not guilty to the entire indictment. As previously reported, the indictment accuses Clark of a wide variety ... Read More »