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Fifteenth Defendant in Ongoing a-PVP Investigation Pleads Guilty

Following a fourth wave of indictments in a multi-year drug investigation, a Pennsylvania man became the fifteenth defendant to enter a guilty plea for the distribution of alpha-pvp. The case, led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), brought charges against suspects as early as 2013. The ongoing federal investigation tracked alpha-pvp traffickers across the United States that had imported the drug ... 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 »

Dutch Police Arrest Three in Research Chemical Investigation

In early August, Dutch police forces raided a drug laboratory in Boxtel, a small town in the southern Netherlands. The police arrested three suspects for alleged drug distribution at an international level. Police left out the majority of the details, but members of a subreddit fit pieces together and found the identity of the three suspects. The newly arrested drug ... Read More »

Investigation Has Revealed the Other Side of the Recent Hyderabad Darknet Drug Bust

Earlier this month, authorities arrested a group of drug peddlers who purchased drugs on the Darknet marketplace. The operation that was intended to control the fast growing drug trafficking in the Hyderabad area led to the arrest of nineteen suspects. An investigation after that arrest has revealed that students and other professionals play key roles in the drug growth in ... Read More »

Swiss Government Starts Investigation Against Pedophiles Uncovered In Anonymous Hack

In February, hacktivist group Anonymous took down Freedom Hosting II with approximately 20 percent of the dark web sites. There were plenty of child porn websites hosted, despite Freedom Hosting II’s “zero tolerance policy for child pornography”, of which the hacktivist group leaked the details of the users. Now, Swiss law enforcement authorities, after analyzing the data dump, taking action ... Read More »

Counterfeit Euro Buyer From Réunion Arrested In Joint Austrian And French Investigation

After Austrian law enforcement authorities dismantled a gang selling high-quality counterfeit euros on the dark web, a man from Saint-Paul, Réunion was arrested for buying multiple fake euro bills from the criminal gang. The defendant is also suspected of selling some of the notes to local customers for a profit. Réunion is an island and region of France located in ... Read More »

Norway Opened 33 New Cases In Operation Dark Room Child Porn Investigation

According to the Norwegian news publication newsinenglish.no, law enforcement authorities in Norway started 33 new child pornography-related cases in the past six months. The Bergen police, who are leading Norway’s largest investigation into online child pornography called Operation Dark Room, announced on May 30 that they had opened 33 new cases in the past six months. Law enforcement authorities estimate ... Read More »

French Police Seized Tor Relays in WannaCry Investigation

On March 17, news outlets reported the sudden absence of several French Tor relays. Further data revealed that law enforcement agencies in France seized the the relays in connection with the investigation into WannaCrypt. WannaCrypt, the ransomware that struck “more than 200,000 devices worldwide,” used Tor to connect to a C2 server. The Central Office for Combating Crime Related to ... Read More »

Large-Scale FBI Dark Web Child Porn Investigation Sees Progress, 1 Pleads Guilty

On May 20, DeepDotWeb reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested over 900 user of PlayPen, a darknet child pornography marketplace, after the initial arrest of its administrators and creators. This week, Arthur Cummings, one of the 900 users of PlayPen, pleaded guilty to his charges of child pornography possession at the US District court in Worcester and ... Read More »

Swedish Police Used Helicopters In The Investigation Against Two Narcotic Vendors

Earlier this week, the prosecution charged two brothers from Skåne, Sweden for selling drugs on the dark web. According to the prosecution, the 39-year-old and the 42-year-old men have been selling narcotics, including cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, amphetamine, cannabis, and other substances, on darknet marketplaces to their customers. Mattias Sigfridsson, the section chief of the regional investigation unit, said that one ... Read More »

Canadian College Required to Pay 30 Bitcoins by Ransomware, Investigation Opens

Cambrian college, a Canadian university based in Sudbury, Ontario, recently fell victim to a severe ransomware attack which disabled the majority of the functions and services designed for students and professors of the university. According to the representatives of Cambrian college, the ransomware specifically targeted servers and databases of platforms used by students and professors throughout the school year. Although ... Read More »

BKA Analyzed an Entire Forum in Darknet Investigation

In very early 2017, law enforcement throughout Germany conducted raids and arrested seven men for suspected darknet narcotics distribution. Two lived in Duisburg. The others lived or worked in Hameln, Goslar, Vreden, Saarbrücken, and Eslohe. According to investigators, the crew so sold on the darknet between 2012-2016 – until their arrests. In April, the group got sentenced. The entire discovery, ... Read More »

Guilty Pedophile Walks Free After Years of Investigation

Five years after the investigation began, Detective Garda Kieran Murphy received incriminating evidence from the suspect’s computers, he told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The detective explained that in 2010, Interpol provided the Garda with the information—a mere IP address—of a suspected child pornography viewer. A brief investigation followed wherein investigators discovered that a 37-year-old IT expert downloaded child pornography from ... Read More »

AsicBoost: Scaling Debate Turns into Investigation

The Bitcoin scaling debate is one that has been going on for years and has been constantly evolving as new Bitcoin Improvement Proposals emerge. Most recently, Bitcoin Unlimited and SegWit have been competing for miner approval in order to activate their respective protocol changes. With these two main options on the table, Bitcoin has been split in two factions. Those ... Read More »