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Belgian Man Arrested for Accessing 64,000 CP Images on the Darknet

In Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde, a judicial arrondissement in Brussels, Belgium, a 24-year-old man from Zaventem caught a 36-month sentence for an ”impressive” collection of child pornography. In Brussels, according to court officials, the issue is a “nuclear epidemic” and the 24-year-old had demonstrated that perfectly. Yet, in spite of the high chance of recidivism the defendant is still fighting for a diversion. ... Read More »

German Man Caught in International CP Bust

In Erfurt, a German city in the state of Thuringia, a 34-year-old confessed to sexual abuse charges that stemmed from his actions on a darknet chatroom. The 34-year-old Gotha man was one of 50 caught in a international child abuse network sting operation. At the District Court of Erfurt, the judge—one who had dealt with similar cases—spoke of his shock ... Read More »

18 Month Sentence for Austrian Man Caught Ordering Drugs from Rehab

In Purkersdorf, a municipality in the Austrian state of Lower Austria, a 25-year-old appeared in court for drug charges. He had ordered heroin that customs officers in Vienna had intercepted. Then amphetamine. And then once more with “speed.” Before a judge at the regional court of St. Pölten, the defendant asked for a chance to do right. Only, to the ... Read More »

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Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Pill Distribution

On August 31, U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced 36-year-old Franklin Tejeda to 87 months in prison for his part in an international pill trafficking organization. Tejeda, according to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, imported hundreds of thousands of Schedule ll and Schedule IV pills between 2014 and 2016. The press release from the United States Attorney’s ... Read More »

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Russian Authorities Busted RAMP, the Oldest Darknet Market

Russian police, in July 2017, shut down the largest remaining darknet market: RAMP aka Russian Anonymous Marketplace. The news surfaced through an official document provided to TASS, a Russian news agency. In July, RAMP went offline for an abnormal and unexpected period of time, naturally distilling fear amongst users. Alphabay and Hansa went down the same month.The market admin, Darkside, ... Read More »

DHS Says Darknet Criminals Are Switching From Bitcoin to Monero

The United States federal government continues to view the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) as a potential tool for cybercriminals. An agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told CNBC recently that cybercriminals are “looking more closely at other currencies like Monero and Ethereum.” Earlier this year an FBI agent with the bureau’s Cyber Division told reporters at ... Read More »

Cuba’s Digital Black Markets

Cuba is an island nation where less than 5% of the people living there have internet access. The country is one of the last Marxist-Leninist states in the world. The Cuban government does not allow complete unfettered access to the open internet, and like in many other countries around the world, such as China, many sites are blocked or censored ... Read More »

Man sentenced over 300 years for Darkweb child porn case

A resident of Virginia has been sentenced to 300 years in prison for engaging in child pornographic acts. Before his arrest, he had been finding victims for his pornographic acts from the darknet under the screen name, Va Dad4yung. Henrick Styles pleaded guilty to 37 charges but could be in jail for 25 years after forcing a plea deal. This ... Read More »

19.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Bitcoin Vanished During Dream Marketplace Crash According to an announcement on the darknet market’s forums and the Dream subreddit, one of the market’s hard drives crashed, corrupting a Bitcoin wallet file. The corrupted hard drive and wallet.dat impacted not only Dream’s online/offline status, but also user Bitcoin wallets and transaction history. At some point during the ordeal, Dream staff posted ... Read More »

The accused had ordered cocaine, marijuana and weapons on the Internet. Photo: dpa

Man Charged for Ordering Cocaine and Speed in 2015

On Wednesday, the District Court of Hannover reported a set of charges in a case against an alleged drug dealer from Hannover. According to the court, the accused 29-year-old “drug dealer” had ordered cocaine and amphetamine from a darknet marketplace. In total, the alleged dealer had ordered more than three and a half kilograms of the substances. He paid a ... Read More »

Newport Man Admits Selling Adulterated Fentanyl on the Darknet

On August 29, a 25-year-old Newport man pleaded guilty to the distribution of fentanyl and two related charges. Kyle Enos, the now-guilty defendant, appeared in Cardiff Crown Court to enter his guilty plea in a case the National Crime Agency considered much bigger than Enos himself. The case, according to the NCA, has an “international aspect.” During Enos’s Cardiff Crown ... Read More »

Vendors in Germany Dealt with Carfentanil and a Biological Weapon

At an unspecified date in “mid 2017,” the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) identified a so-called “group of darknet dealers” and needed the assistance of a special unit of the Köln (Cologne) public prosecutor’s office. They called upon the Central Contact Point for Cybercrime in North Rhine-Westphalia (ZAC NRW). The suspected darknet dealers gave investigators a case with what law ... Read More »

DEA Arrests Two in “RCPowders” Research Chemical Raid

On August 29, DEA agents raided a drug lab in an apartment in Queens, New York City, New York. Wearing hazmat suits, agents from the DEA’s Newark Field Division arrested the apartment owner and the suspected drug dealer, 34-year-old Brian Parker. Meanwhile, at a separate location, officers arrested his suspected accomplice, 29-year-old Victoria Koleski. The duo, according to Acting US ... Read More »