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Two Dark Web Vendors Arrested in Croatia for Drugs Procured Online

Two suspects from Rijeka have been arrested in Croatia in a joint operation between the Croatian and the German law enforcement agencies. The two suspects are accused of running a drug ring involving the purchase and sale of drugs on the dark web with virtual currencies. According to the Office of the State Attorney General (ODO), an investigation of the ... Read More »

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Research: Multi-homing vendors and loyal buyers on darknet marketplaces

The past few years have witnessed increased popularity of darknet marketplaces which orchestrate trading of illicit products on the deep web. The darknet marketplace ecosystem is evolving despite government shutdowns and takedown operations. International law enforcement agencies call for a better understanding of these novel illicit trading platforms. Buyers seem to shift to surviving marketplaces when one marketplace is taken ... Read More »

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Research: The aftermaths of Operation Bayonet and the migration of vendors to Dream Market

In the summer of 2017, an international operation, known as Operation Bayonet, led by the FBI and the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) targeted two popular darknet marketplaces. The FBI successfully took down Alphabay, and the NHTCU silently took over, administered, and shut down Hansa Market. By coordinating these international efforts, both agencies expected vendors active on Alphabay ... 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 »

Four Ecstasy Vendors Arrested in the Netherlands

According to an announcement from the Dutch National Public Prosecution Service, Dutch law enforcement arrested four men for suspected drug production and darknet drug distribution. The announcement accused the men of producing, among other drugs in smaller quantities, massive amounts of ecstasy. The announcement also used a phrase uncommonly seen in similar darknet drug busts: it said the darknet vendor ... Read More »

Utah Man Admits Being Alphabay Vendor’s “PR Guy”

One of the heads of the Pharma-Master drug distribution organization pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to his role in distributing fentanyl and alprazolam through the now-defunct darknet market “Alphabay.” Mario Anthony Noble, 31, told prosecutors that he had helped Aaron Shamo sell millions of dollars worth of drugs out of Shamo’s Cottonwood Heights home. According to information Noble admitted ... Read More »

Two Darknet Vendors Busted in the Netherlands

Police in Amsterdam arrested two suspected darknet dealers in Monday, April 9. According to an announcement on politie.nl, the men shipped “thousands” of packages of drugs across the world. The arrests took place not long after Dutch authorities conducted a ‘knock and talk’ operation that resulted in one immediate arrest and numerous candidates for a future arrest spree. Many of ... Read More »

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Darknet Vendors Sell Counterfeit TLS Certificates

Symantec declared in August last year that it was offering its digital security certificate business to DigiCert. In any case, this was after a long battle with Google, which claimed that loose security controls at Symantec enabled bad actors to purchase TLS certificates. These certificates, for use with Transport Layer Security, give verification and data encryption between servers. Moreover, counterfeit ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendors CaliConnect and BTH-Overdose Sentenced to Prison

Chief U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced two darknet drug dealers, both a part of separate cases, on the same day in January. He sentenced David Ryan Burchard (CaliConnect) to six years and eight months in prison. The second vendor fared slightly better; the judge sentenced Emil Vladimirov Babadjov (Blime-Sub and BTH-Overdose) to five years and 10 month in ... Read More »

DNM vendors, Have Your Say! V2

Have you sold drugs online? Are you interested in sharing your views about online drug trading, the darknet community, and what law enforcement and the media are saying about you? If yes, then we are interested in talking to you! We are a team of independent ​university researchers conducting anonymised ​interviews with people who sell, or have sold, drugs on ... Read More »

Cops are Investigating the Munich Gun Vendor’s Family

The public prosecutor in Cologne released several court documents that indicated the testimonies provided in the defense of a darknet weapons vendor had likely been fabricated. Family members of the vendor had seemingly practiced their statements before giving them to the authorities. Several days after the release of the documents, reporters spotted police vehicles and helicopters at the family’s houses ... Read More »

Canadian Law Enforcement Bust Two Darknet Vendors

In Kelowna, Canada, law enforcement rounded up two suspected carfentanil dealers as part of an operation known as “Project E-Neophile.” The suspects have allegedly been selling fentanyl and carfentanil on the darknet. According to the RCMP, the dealers operated part of Canada’s most “sophisticated drug organization” responsible for the distribution of the hyper potent opioids. The suspects, James Nelson and ... Read More »

Two Vendors Busted After Seven “Return to Sender” Failures

Like dozens of now-incarcerated darknet vendors, two new Austrian vendors brought their darknet marketplace career to an abrupt halt after a series of shipping errors. The pair had only listed products on a marketplace in early June and had only fulfilled “nearly” 50 different orders. Had it not been for numerous accidental “return to sender” packages, the duo may have ... Read More »

Federal Authorities in California are Aggressively Targeting Alphabay and Silk Road Vendors

According to various court documents obtained by ArsTechnica, 11 vendors from large-scale dark web marketplaces Alphabay and Silkroad, which were shut down by the US law enforcement, are set to be sentenced by early 2018. One of the 11 vendors is David Ryan Burchard, a long-time vendor on Alphabay, Silkroad and many other dark web marketplaces. As one of the ... Read More »

Research PSA: DNM Vendors Survey

Posted at the request of Prof. David Décary-Hétu’s (profile here) and Marie Ouellet’s (profile here), Both have the full confidence and endorsment of DDW who has been following their work for the past few years: Are you selling drugs online? Do you have a few minutes to help us improve our understanding of the harm reduction capacity of cryptomarkets? If ... Read More »