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DARPA’s Deepweb Search Engine Just Got a Lot Smarter

In 2014, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—or DARPA—announced a groundbreaking program for internet searches. DARPA developed the Memex Program to search the internet, including hidden services, and “any public domain content.” The program started, though, as a tool for discovering human trafficking. Now, according to VentureBeat, DARPA just boosted their glorified search engine. On December 1, 2016, IST Research—a ... Read More »

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Radioactive Chemical Smuggler Discovered to Be Purchasing Radium from the Deepweb

In late September, officers at a border crossing station in Croatia intercepted a vehicle that set off nuclear radiation alarms. Special teams were summoned and the Toyota Camry was searched. Croatian officials discovered radium, a highly radioactive chemical element. The Polish citizens inside the vehicle handed over numerous bags and boxes containing ampoules of R-266. R-266 is a highly radioactive ... Read More »

ICE Talks About Investigating Deepweb Crimes and Taking Down Silk Road

In a special exposé published by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents “exposed” ICE’s role in darknet investigations. The report described the way ICE aided in the takedown of Silk Road and how ICE is currently combating deepweb activity. “The Darknet is not a very sophisticated or special place; it just requires specific permission or access to get into ... Read More »

Co-Admin of The Love Zone Admits to Running Another Deepweb Child Porn Site

In 2014, Taskforce Argos took down the child porn site The Love Zone (TLZ) and captured Britain’s “worst pedophile ever. The site’s administrator, Shannon McCoole, testified against several co-admins following his arrest. One man, a 33-year-old from Bornholm, was just discovered to be one such co-admin while running another child porn site. In February 2016, Danish police raided the home ... Read More »

LKA Official: Deepweb Drug Trafficking Is Not A Major Concern For Police

Websites, including our own, have been filled with news of Germany’s recent drug takedowns. Nearly every article referenced what Holger Muench, head of Germany’s Federal Police, said after the Munich shooting. Muench spoke of cracking down on the deepweb. Little has been known until a recent interview with the LKA that shed some light on the topic. Berlin Online received ... Read More »

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German Police Call the Deepweb an Interface for Terrorism, Promise to Crackdown Harder

Following an organized crime study, Holger Münch, president of Germany’s federal police (BKA), revealed how the deepweb changed the playing field. The data presented by Münch highlighted how the deepweb has been an interface for terrorism. Similar to Münch’s statement after the Munich shooting, the BKA president vowed to increase action against illegal internet activity. Münch said “We [the BKA] ... Read More »

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Two German Men Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Euros on the Deepweb

In early 2016, Bavarian police received information on a currency counterfeiting operation in Geisenhausen. A thorough investigation ensued. The counterfeiting “workshop” was discovered in a garage owned by two German men: a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old. After the investigation, both men were arrested and remained in custody until the court date on October 12, 2016. The majority of the details ... Read More »

Romania Extradites Deepweb Vendor to Face US Drug Charges

Romania extradited another suspect indicted in the Italian Mafia Brussels (IMB) case: Filip Lucian Simion. According to the DoJ, Simion has been charged with several counts of distribution of controlled substances by means of the Internet. IMB was shut down in May after an international investigation. A total of 10 suspects were arrested in Belgium and surrounding areas. One suspect, ... Read More »

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Germany’s Deepweb Crackdown Continues as Another Vendor Gets Arrested

Germany’s Deepweb Crackdown Continues as Another Vendor Gets Arrested In Norderstedt, Germany, another deepweb vendor has been arrested. The arrest took place in late September but details have only recently released. The 25-year-old was under investigation for suspected drug dealing. Specifics regarding how he landed on the police radar have yet to be released. Several branches of law enforcement began ... Read More »

Two Croatian Men Arrested After Ordering 500g Amphetamine from the Deepweb

In Bosnia, two men have been arrested for purchasing half a kilogram of amphetamines from the deepweb. The men, a 44-year-old and a 40-year-old, have continually been under police observation for drug trafficking, according to a local source. The Police Department of Dubrovnik-Neretva opened an investigation into the men based on undisclosed information. However, both men had prior criminal offenses ... Read More »

Connecticut Man Arrested For Phishing Deepweb Logins And Stealing Bitcoins

Michael Richo, 34, of Wallingford, Connecticut, is accused of posting links to fake darknet marketplaces to various online forums. Like any other phishing scheme, the links take the victim to a login page similar to the intended destination. The pages may be indistinguishable from the original marketplace login. The FBI began looking into the man regarding his involvement in a ... Read More »

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Researchers Tell The Senate How Medical Records End Up On The Deepweb

In a report prepared for the U.S. Senate, two security researchers detail why electronic healthcare records (EHR) are being stolen. According to Symantec’s April 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, healthcare was the most targeted and most valuable sector in 2015. EHR hacking has grown innumerably since then. One entity, in particular, has been behind the majority of EHR compromised this ... Read More »

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German Police Busted A Major Deepweb Vendor And Nobody Noticed

Following a deepweb crack-down promised by law enforcement in Germany, another suspected deepweb vendor has been arrested. While little information is known, the current details indicate the arrestees ran a large scale global operation. In July, the Federal Police in Germany announced that investigating the deepweb has become a priority for federal law enforcement. This newfound focus came directly from ... Read More »

Drug Sales On The Deepweb Have Little Impact On International Drug Trade

The 2016 World Drug Report stated that the deepweb is fueling an international drug trade. According to Stijn Hoorens and David Décary-Hétu, the claim is not reinforced by empirical evidence. RAND Europe and the Universities of Montreal and Manchester conducted a study that ultimately disproved the 2016 WDR’s claims. Global law enforcement agencies routinely arrest succesful deepweb vendors, indicating there ... Read More »

Russian MP’s son: Guilty of Stealing over 2 million US credit cards

On August 26th, a federal jury in Seattle found Roman Seleznev guilty of stealing more than 2.9 million credit card numbers and selling them to fraudsters on the deepweb. Seleznev, 32, is the son of Russian Parliament member Valery Seleznev. According to a 2014 indictment from the Department of Justice, Seleznev, as well as unknown accomplices, “developed and used automated ... Read More »