Deep Dot Web https://www.deepdotweb.com Surfacing The News From The DeepWeb Wed, 09 May 2018 20:59:39 -0300 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 UNODC to Provide Training on Cryptocurrencies and Cybercrimes https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/09/unodc-cybercrime/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/09/unodc-cybercrime/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 20:59:39 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25640 Cybercrimes have dominated news headlines and discussions so much so that we now risk getting paralyzed by this global problem. This is according to Yury Fedotov the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Cybercrimes (UNODC). It is important to have global international cooperation and support of cybersecurity in order to cope ...

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Cybercrimes have dominated news headlines and discussions so much so that we now risk getting paralyzed by this global problem. This is according to Yury Fedotov the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Cybercrimes (UNODC).

It is important to have global international cooperation and support of cybersecurity in order to cope with this ever-evolving threat.

Cybercrimes have extended into homes, school, hospitals, businesses and other crucial service providers which amplify the problem and show the extent to which the threat has gone. The unprecedented move is immense, from Dark web marketplaces selling illegal weapons, drugs, and ransomware attacks, as well as, online child pornography.

The damage caused by this threat to the safety and sustainable development economically is immense with the recent estimates indicating that cybercrimes put the cost over $600 billion.

The task of keeping people safe online is enormous putting in mind that no single government or entity has a perfect complete solution to this threat. However, there is still much that we can do to strengthen our safety and prevention measures online. This includes building up an extensive law enforcement agency to shore up the existing gaps in cybersecurity especially in developing nations.

Secondly strengthening international cooperation and dialogue between governments, the United Nations and the INTERPOL.

There is a wide range of cyber-dependent crimes. This includes cyberbullying, malware proliferation, hacking ransomware, email phishing for data theft, online child pornography, and others.

All police, judges, prosecutors, should be properly equipped with the necessary skills and tools to be able to investigate, go after the criminals and prosecute them. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Cybercrime, over 50 countries are working together to provide necessary training on online investigative skills, the use of software to detect online illicit materials and to trace cryptocurrencies.

For instance, in one of the training delivered in partnership with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Facebook, a high-level paedophile with more than 80 victims was arrested and convicted. This is just a single example demonstrating what capacity building efforts and partnerships with private sector and NGOs can do to help reduce the threats.

UNODC is closely working with the Internet Watch Foundation and launched an online child sexual abuse reporting platform in Belize. This is to give the citizens opportunity and initiatiev to come forward and report cases against abusers. More partnerships with Pantallas Amigas and Thorn have been initiated to help strengthen online protection as well as educating the local communities on cyber risk.

The UNODC training in the first butch focused on the Middle East and North Africa, Central America, South East Asia and Eastern Africa. The training basically helps in online investigation skills, identification, and collection of digital evidence, confrontation of dark web use for criminal purposes.

The entire project is being funded by well-wishers and donor governments. This has been boosted by an Intergovernmental Expert Group which meets at Vienna UNODC headquarters. The effort includes providing financial support to the developing countries which have the highest number of internet new users who more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. It is now clear that despite economic and political differences, nations can work together to fighting cybercrimes.

The group of experts was established by the General Assembly to bring different policymakers, diplomats, and experts from all over the globe to discuss most agent challenges in cybercrimes as well as show willingness by different countries in the fight against the today’s threats.

The fight against cybercrimes can help build peace among the nations, save lives and bring growth and prosperity. By strengthening partnerships between business community and private sector as well as law enforcement capabilities so that all become part of the solution can help us go a long way in the right direction of ensuring the internet is a positive force.

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Hydra launches narcologist bot on Telegram https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/09/hydra-telegram/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/09/hydra-telegram/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 09:59:36 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25639 Drug overdose has made victor thousands of people throughout the world each year. Many times, these unfortunate deaths could be avoided if there were people able to give first help or completely eliminate the effects of an overdose. Russian darknet market Hydra encourages users to do drugs deliberately and take into account all possible risks. ...

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Drug overdose has made victor thousands of people throughout the world each year. Many times, these unfortunate deaths could be avoided if there were people able to give first help or completely eliminate the effects of an overdose.

Russian darknet market Hydra encourages users to do drugs deliberately and take into account all possible risks. For this purpose the marketplace team launched a Telegram bot, which is designed to help people prevent overdose and get information on what is to be done in case of emergency situations.

How to use the bot?

In order to use the narcologist bot you must download and install Telegram messenger. Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media makes attempts to block access to the messenger for Russian users, therefore you should use VPN services or setup proxy server connection to overcome blocking. When Telegram is installed and well-running, type in the “search” field the bot’s name “narco_help_bot”. Then push “start” option or simply type the command /start.

After it, you get a welcome message from the project’s founders and can browse through three sections of the bot’s menu:

The first section is for emergency situations, it has the following menu:

“First aid” contains information on possible types of medical assistance in case of overdoses. Here you should choose the substance, which led to overdose (for example MDMA, A-PVP, amphetamine). When selecting the appropriate item, a user is provided with brief and clear instructions for first aid, which include possible risks, symptoms of overdose and manual for actions to be taken. Let us consider an example of MDMA overdose. Narcologist bot advises to do the following:

• In case of hard throwing up clear oral cavity of vomit to prevent suffocation.

• If a person is conscious, it is necessary to induce vomiting. For this, you have to sit and drink about 2-3 liters of water.

• In case of hypertension, add two tablespoons of salt into a liter of water, stir and drink it in small sips.

• If a person has fever, put some ice to the temples or carotid arteries or wrap a wet T-shirt around the neck and nape.

• MDMA overdose leads to severe dehydration, that is why you need to restore body’s fluid balance. Give a person a lot of salt water and make intravenous injections of saline solutions.

• Since there is no antidote, it is not recommended to take other medicines, but you can reduce risks of overdose by having double dose of vitamins C, A and E.

• Do not let a person to lose consciousness until an ambulance arrives.

The second option is the direct link to the project’s narcologist. You can contact him in two ways: either by clicking on “Narcologist online” or by writing to @Operatorhelpbot.

Hydra admin asks to address narcologist only in case of emergency situation, when you or someone nearby is in real danger. Everyone has to understand that this service is not a kind of chat and the time the doctor spends on unrelated talks may cost someone’s life. All the questions not requiring urgent resolve, are answered by doctors on the forum’s thread.

In the second section “Medical emergency”, you can find addresses and phone numbers of medical institutions. The bot recommends calling an ambulance immediately if symptoms of acute intoxication are present. Follow the steps described in “First aid” and wait for medical crew.

Firstly, select a town:

Then pick the closest narcology center:

Another section, called “Psychoactive substances info”, provides information on ways of taking drugs, dose limits and symptoms of overdose.

Choose a category (stimulants, psychedelics, opioids, etc.):

And then one of the drugs:

The bot’s creators claim that it does not store users’ personal information and history of actions. Their aim is to help drug users anonymously and for free.

Narcological service forum

While narcologist bot provides basic information, which every drug user should be aware of, Narcological service forum gives detailed data and professional narcologists’ advices. On the forum’s thread, you can learn about safe combinations of substances, harm reduction, recommendations on ways of drug use and many other useful things.

Each forum’s section gives answers to frequently asked questions and if you fail to find needful topic, you are welcome to apply directly to narcologists for consultation.

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Another Utah Man Charged in Pharma-Master Case https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/08/another-utah-man-charged-in-pharma-master-case/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/08/another-utah-man-charged-in-pharma-master-case/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 21:44:24 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25626 The Pharma-Master case keeps getting larger, as the pile of evidence keeps stacking in favor of the prosecution, and the number of superseding indictments keeps climbing. In late April, charges filed in U.S. District Court accused another Utah man of working with Aaron Michael Shamo aka Pharma-Master. According to the charges, Jonathan Luke Paz helped ...

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The Pharma-Master case keeps getting larger, as the pile of evidence keeps stacking in favor of the prosecution, and the number of superseding indictments keeps climbing. In late April, charges filed in U.S. District Court accused another Utah man of working with Aaron Michael Shamo aka Pharma-Master. According to the charges, Jonathan Luke Paz helped the “nation’s largest fentanyl trafficking ring” manufacture fake oxycodone pills.

Authorities accused Paz of working with Shamo as early as February 2016. They charged him with one count of conspiracy to manufacture fentanyl, two counts of knowing and intentional adulteration of drugs while held for sale, and one count of money laundering. All counts stemmed from the activities that began February 2016. However, authorities split the intentional adulteration charges for several reasons. The more charges thrown at a suspect, the more likely one would stick. Deals can easily be made and prosecution rates can stay as high as they currently are. More importantly, though, they charged him with the first adulteration charge for pressing fake “A 215” oxycodone pills and the second adulteration charge for pressing “M 30” oxycodone pills.

Pharma-Master advertised the pills as oxycodone pills, but instead of oxycodone, the pills contained various doses of fentanyl. The “A 215” pills, in their real form, came from the pharmaceutical company Actavis. The genuine “M 30” pills came from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Both pills contained 30mg of oxycodone. Many pill presses control the dose of substance per pill. Killing customers is rarely the reason drug dealers start selling drugs in the first place. Some drugs, alprazolam for example, are easy to dose. Alprazolam powder can be safely weighed and added to the batches of pills. Doses of alprazolam—unlike some stronger benzos and certainly unlike fentanyl—can be handled safely.

And even though taking too much of any given benzodiazepine results in misadventures that often end in jail, the extra 0.5mg itself would not likely kill a person. Fentanyl, on the other hand, is a more difficult drug to measure; active doses can accidentally be inhaled or absorbed and the active doses weigh far less. One needs to properly queue batches of pills with ‘hotspots’ in them. Add that to the already dangerous fake oxycodone pills and the result is a high risk of fatal overdoses. In the stories covered by DeepDotWeb, the majority of the fentanyl vendor busts share one thing in common – an overdose. And usually at least one of the overdoses proved to be fatal unfortunately.

In the Pharma-Master case, prosecutors used evidence that indicated the the group leader, Shamo, killed customers with the counterfeit pills. While authorities have accused the men of selling drugs that killed their customers, no charges have been filed connecting the group to overdoses. Even though Pharma-Master may have killed many customers, and members of the group face life in prison, they ran a smooth operation. Their operations were so smooth, in fact, that Paz allegedly laundered 513 bitcoins. In addition to a prison sentence, prosecutors are aiming to seize $7 million in cash, a BMW, and a Ford truck.

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Marijuana Dealer Sentenced to Five Years in Prison https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/08/marijuana-dealer-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/08/marijuana-dealer-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison/#comments Tue, 08 May 2018 13:44:21 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25625 U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs sentenced Justin Polson, 29, to five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and participation in a money laundering conspiracy. Polson, according to court documents, participated in a marijuana distribution conspiracy worth $3 million. In addition to the five years in federal prison without parole, Judge Sachs required ...

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U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs sentenced Justin Polson, 29, to five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and participation in a money laundering conspiracy. Polson, according to court documents, participated in a marijuana distribution conspiracy worth $3 million. In addition to the five years in federal prison without parole, Judge Sachs required Polson’s share of the earnings from the operation: $1.5 million. The investigation involved U.S. Customs and Immigration (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the IRS-Criminal Investigation division, and several other agencies.

According to the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Missouri, a judge sentenced Polson’s partner during trial back in March 2018. For playing what the courts considered an equal role in the conspiracy, the judge sentenced James Mack, 38, to five years in federal prison and ordered that Mack forfeit $1.5 million to the U.S. government. Mack lived in Westminster, Colorado. Polson lived in Overland Park, Kansas. One defendant shipped buckets of marijuana to the other defendant.

Mack, the Colorado defendant, shipped between two and six buckets of marijuana to Polson every week. Each bucket contained at least three pounds of marijuana. Investigators found evidence that the operation began in September 2012 and lasted for several years before law enforcement intervened. On average, Polson received 40 pounds of marijuana every month. He turned around and resold the majority of the product to buyers throughout the United States. According to court documents, most of the buyers have not been identified.

The operation began not long after Mack had finished serving a 37-month prison sentence for cocaine trafficking conspiracy that involved a former player for the Denver Broncos. A State Trooper in Montana pulled over the former footballer, then-millionaire Travis Henry with several kilograms of cocaine in his car. While Henry was considered the “money guy” of the group, he was offered a plea deal for information. Law enforcement performed a ‘reverse sting’ and sold Mack six kilograms of cocaine. After his 2009 conviction, a judge sentenced him to 37-months and a period of supervised release.

Not long after the conviction, Mack had already started selling marijuana to Polson and others unknown to authorities. His money laundering tactics, according to the court documents, involved two basic tactics: use bank accounts associated with fake businesses and keep the deposits under $10,000. The IRS caught on fairly easily and included print-outs of the bank statements in court documents. Both Polson and Mack, during the investigation, found themselves in unrelated cases that required forfeitures of their own. Polson already forfeited his Corvette and Camaro LT—both of which he had purchased with drug money.

If Polson behaves while in federal prison, he will be out in roughly 51 months.

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Alphabay Vendor ‘EtiKing’ Sentenced to Life in Prison https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/08/alphabay-vendor-etiking-sentenced-to-life-in-prison/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/08/alphabay-vendor-etiking-sentenced-to-life-in-prison/#comments Tue, 08 May 2018 05:44:18 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25624 On April 27, U.S. District Judge Paul Byron sentenced Jeremy Achey, 43, to life in prison. Achey sold fentanyl analogues on Alphabay and other darknet markets under the name ‘EtiKing’. A federal jury previously convicted Achey of conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl analogues) and distribution of controlled substance analogues. A 2017 investigation led to the arrest ...

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On April 27, U.S. District Judge Paul Byron sentenced Jeremy Achey, 43, to life in prison. Achey sold fentanyl analogues on Alphabay and other darknet markets under the name ‘EtiKing’. A federal jury previously convicted Achey of conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl analogues) and distribution of controlled substance analogues. A 2017 investigation led to the arrest of Achey following the fatal overdose of a 24-year-old in Orlando, Florida.

“The sentence delivered today illustrates the dangers of illicit drugs mixed with fentanyl,” said Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA, Miami Field Division. “Let me be clear to all those who feel safe hiding behind the dark web to dispense lethal drugs, you will eventually pay a high price for your actions.”

Although the DEA Special Agent mentioned the dangers of drugs mixed with fentanyl, Achey knowingly sold fentanyl analogs and advertised the drugs as fentanyl analogs. As the username he used on Alphabay indicated, though, Achey also sold Etizolam. He sold other drugs not mentioned in the courtroom such as LSD, DMT, several ‘RC’ opioids, and a similar array of ‘RC’ dissiasotives. Many of the drugs, at the time, were legal to own and import—the Drug Enforcement Administration had not yet cracked down on many of them. Some states, on the other hand, had already implemented their own emergency schedule that included U-47700, U-77891, and similar opioids.

Although the drugs may have been legal to own and legal to sell for research purposes, they were not legal to sell for human consumption. All the talk of “RCs” aka “research chemicals” helped federal investigators track Achey down. In one section of the Criminal Complaint filed DEA Agent Mark Bruso, Bruso explained how federal investigators made undercover purchases from EtiKing and matched the return address to the address Achey used for his “drug purity testing company.” Some, especially former readers of the now-banned RCsources subreddit, may remember that a user by the name “Jeremysdemo” offered drug purity testing services through a company he had attempted to establish: USDTO.

Postal Inspectors found that the labels used on the EtiKing packages came from a certain service online that allowed customers to buy USPS postage with Bitcoin. The service asks for the user to provide an email where the service automatically sends the postage, once purchased. Federal authorities then obtained every email address associated with the USDTO mailing address. They leveraged those emails into evidence directly connecting Achey to EtiKing by hitting Coinbase with a Grand Jury Subpoena. The subpoena requested information from any accounts connected to the email addresses provided by the postage service.

They found a match. One of the email addresses matched an account used to purchase postage with the return address owned by Achey. The Coinbase account also had Achey’s real name, home address, and additional information required by KYC and AML regulations in the United States. They also matched transactions from Achey’s Coinbase account to a wallet owned by Achey. Law enforcement arrested the man not long after collecting the information from Coinbase.

On January 25, 2018, a federal jury found the man guilty of both the conspiracy and distribution charges. Achey is one of very few darknet vendors serving a life sentence for selling analogues.

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Fake Percocet Dealer Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/07/fake-percocet-dealer-sentenced-to-14-years-in-prison/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/07/fake-percocet-dealer-sentenced-to-14-years-in-prison/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 21:45:10 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25617 In a statement to the press, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Katherine Terpstra revealed Tyler Liming, 26, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling fake Percocet pills to someone who fatally overdosed. Prosecutors, on April 26, said that the police investigation proved that Liming had been buying counterfeit Percocet pills from a vendor on ...

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In a statement to the press, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Katherine Terpstra revealed Tyler Liming, 26, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling fake Percocet pills to someone who fatally overdosed. Prosecutors, on April 26, said that the police investigation proved that Liming had been buying counterfeit Percocet pills from a vendor on the darknet and redistributing them to individuals throughout Clermont County, Ohio.

The investigation began after an individual overdosed on U-47700 (U4) on October 30, 2016. U4 is not an uncommonly used or abused drug. At the time, perhaps, the ‘research chemical’ opioid turned heads in the mainstream media. The drug, until recently, was legal to possess in the majority of states. It was a cheap alternative to pharmaceutical opioids that many drug users intentionally used for any number of reasons. Some dealers, though, capitalized on the affordability of U4 to an inherently more dangerous degree by pressing pills that looked like legitimate pharmaceutical opioids with U4. We see fentanyl dealers do this on a very frequent basis.

Because U4 costs less than oxycodone when ordering bulk powder from labs in China, fake pills sold at the same price as their legitimate counterparts, have a higher ROI than the real thing. Two major issues arise, aside from the fact that the dealer is selling a scam product. The first is that the cheaper opioid is likely much stronger than the opioid the dealer passes it off as. The user of the pill, expecting a certain dose of oxycodone, gets hit with a drug between five and eight times stronger than morphine. Oxycodone, by weight, is also stronger than morphine but morphine is often used when comparing opioid strengths. The increased dose often results in an increased number of overdoses. This parts into the second issue: law enforcement hunts down dealers and pill presses that are flooding the market with dangerous pills.

And in Liming’s case, the influx of overdoses in his area combined with the fatal overdose led to the investigation and ultimately to the prison sentence.

Investigators found that Liming ordered the pills from darknet vendors and had them shipped to the houses of his friends and relatives in and around Clermont County. He sold the majority of the drugs out of his mother’s apartment. Union Township Police Department Detective Ken Mullis said that Liming also sold and distributed LSD and Xanax, among other things. The majority of his local sales, the investigators discovered, were arranged through Facebook Messages.

During the investigation, Liming fled to Florida as a fugitive from the law. Florida law enforcement caught him and he was extradited back to Ohio. He then pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking. Judge Anthony Brock issued a 14-year prison sentence on April 26.

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PlayPen Member Guilty of 20 Counts of Child Pornography https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/07/playpen-member-guilty-of-20-counts-of-child-pornography/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/07/playpen-member-guilty-of-20-counts-of-child-pornography/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 13:45:07 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25616 United States Attorney Josh Minkler, in a statement to the press published on the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Indiana, announced that Adrian Grisanti, 46, was convicted on 20 counts of various child pornography charges and one count of destruction of evidence. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced the verdict after ...

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United States Attorney Josh Minkler, in a statement to the press published on the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Indiana, announced that Adrian Grisanti, 46, was convicted on 20 counts of various child pornography charges and one count of destruction of evidence. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced the verdict after a four-day trial in New Albany, Indiana.

According to information presented in court, Grisanti had actively used the darknet child abuse site “PlayPen” during the FBI’s temporary reign as the largest source of child abuse content on the darknet. Unlike some of the court documents filed in other PlayPen cases, the documents filed in the Grisanti case initially revealed very little. They explained that a darknet bulletin board that catered to pedophiles existed and had been running in North Carolina until March 4, 2015. The indictment explained that “law enforcement agents […] monitored electronic activity of users of “Website A.”

Later documents revealed that during the FBI’s investigation into PlayPen (“Operation Pacifier”), the FBI deployed their NIT and identified an IP address that belonged to Our Place Drug and Alcohol Services, Inc. in New Albany, Indiana. The NIT also identified the MAC address of a computer used to access PlayPen for more than nine hours when the FBI had taken control of the site. After connecting the forum profile “THISISMEE222” to the computer at Our Place, agents contacted the organization in an attempt to identify the user of the computer. The FBI learned that Grisanti had sole access to the computer in question.

On August 18, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana signed a search warrant that allowed the FBI to access Grisanti’s workplace computer. However, according to court documents, they had a limited window of opportunity; they conducted the search after business hours and only completed “a limited forensic analysis using a triage search tool.” On August 19, the FBI obtained search warrants from the same District and the Western District of Kentucky that allowed them to search his person, home, vehicle, and workplace computer.

Grisanti had somehow learned of the FBI’s attempted data recovery on August 18; the FBI found the workplace computer in the trunk of the man’s car without a hard drive. Eliminating the hard drive from the equation would likely have provided a way out of the spotlight with nothing more than a destruction of evidence charge. Grisanti, however, smashed a USB drive and tossed it into a dumpster at Our Place. The FBI located the USB drive and recovered the data Grisanti had hoped to destroy. After a thorough forensic examination, the FBI concluded that the files on the USB drive matched the files Grisanti had accessed or downloaded on the child abuse site.

The jury deliberated for four days. Grisanti’s Motion to Suppress had failed and all the evidence—minus the NIT itself—was used by the prosecution. The judge announced the verdict: guilty of 11 counts of receiving child pornography; eight counts of accessing child pornography; one count of possession; and one count of destruction of evidence.

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Utah Man Accused of Manufacturing and Selling drugs on the dark web https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/07/utah-man-accused-of-manufacturing-and-selling-drugs-on-the-dark-web/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/07/utah-man-accused-of-manufacturing-and-selling-drugs-on-the-dark-web/#comments Mon, 07 May 2018 05:45:03 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25615 A Utah Cottonwood Heights man accused of running an international illicit drug ring selling and manufacturing of illegal drugs has been arrested. A four-week jury trial has been scheduled beginning August 20th. On Wednesday, the attorneys of some of his alleged accomplices said in court that they were still negotiating on some non-contentious issues concerning ...

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A Utah Cottonwood Heights man accused of running an international illicit drug ring selling and manufacturing of illegal drugs has been arrested. A four-week jury trial has been scheduled beginning August 20th.

On Wednesday, the attorneys of some of his alleged accomplices said in court that they were still negotiating on some non-contentious issues concerning the case with prosecutors.

Shamo Michael Aaron who is turning 28 appeared in the United States District Court with his attorney Greg Skordas for a status conference. Aaron’s attorney Mr. Greg Skordas indicated that his client had been in custody for 15 months now already.

One of Shamo’s partner in crime, Drew Crandall Wilson, 31, who is also being accused of manufacturing and trafficking controlled substances, is also in custody. According to his attorney, he was still trying to see if he could negotiate a deal with the prosecutors.

“We anticipate and hope that we will come up will a resolution,” Jim Bradshaw, the defense attorney told the court.

Yet another suspect arrested in the same drug ring, Sean Michael Gygi is being charged in the same case. His attorney said that he was negotiating with the prosecutors. “Crucial details about the potential plea agreements have not been discussed and deliberated on,” he said.

“With the execution of a recent search warrant, we have moved a step further with over 40 boxes of filed documents and a significant amount of data of evidence already in our possession,” United State Attorney Mr. Michael Gadd indicated. “I am now working on a list of over 70 witnesses, 3 terabytes of computer data and 500 exhibits for the trial,” he said.

All three suspects are accused of secretly manufacturing and distributing fake prescription drugs in Shamo’s house and selling them on the dark web—a section of the internet that is not indexed and hence misused by criminals to carry out illegal activities—to hundreds of thousands of people globally. The Criminal drug ring only accepted payment via virtual currencies particular bitcoin.

Investigating agencies and prosecution is also looking into a connection between the drug ring and 28 overdose deaths even though no death charges have been filed against them.

In the recent past, drug traffickers had a rough time selling their substances on the streets and it’s now evident they have opted to go online. With the help of the Darknet and cryptocurrencies, they are able to complete their sales. Orders are placed and paid for through the dark web marketplaces and the packages are delivered.

According to court documents, during a search, over 500,000 pills of different drugs including Oxycodone and Xanax were seized from Shamo’s house. A gun and over $1 million in cash kept in garbage bags were found.

Investigators on the case also found a hard drive cache of over $500,000 worth of Bitcoin whose popularity has increased in the recent past due to its anonymity which makes it difficult to trace.

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Kentucky Man Arrested, Convicted Of Child Pornography https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/06/kentucky-man-arrested-convicted-of-child-pornography/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/06/kentucky-man-arrested-convicted-of-child-pornography/#comments Sun, 06 May 2018 18:37:32 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25607 Adrian Grisanti, a 46-year-old man from Louisville, Kentucky, has been found guilty on 20 counts linked to child pornography and an additional count of destroying evidence, according to reports from US Attorney Josh Minkler. Grisanti’s conviction came after a 4-day trial under Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, in Indiana. Child porn, which is one of the ...

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Adrian Grisanti, a 46-year-old man from Louisville, Kentucky, has been found guilty on 20 counts linked to child pornography and an additional count of destroying evidence, according to reports from US Attorney Josh Minkler. Grisanti’s conviction came after a 4-day trial under Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, in Indiana.

Child porn, which is one of the most disgusting crimes on the dark web is still happening and Adrian Grisanti deemed it appropriate for him to engage in such a despicable act. Grisanti was part of a dark web marketplace which dealt exclusively with videos and pictures of child pornography. He and hundreds of members of that dark web marketplace were identified by the FBI, zeroed in on the website, in an investigation.

The FBI upon this encounter mounted a search at the office and residence of Grisanti in August 2015. Grisanti, a former worker at a center for at-risk children decided to avoid capture by destroying the hard drive of his personal computer used in accessing child pornography. His attempt was unsuccessful as the FBI together with the Indiana State Police undertook a thorough forensic investigation, which yielded results, resulting in the arrest and conviction of Grisanti.

Reports from the offices of Bradley P. Shepard and Steven D. DeBrota, both assistant United States Attorneys Grisanti is in line for a possible 5 – 20 years prison sentence.

Attorney Josh Minkler after the arrest made it known to the public that criminals can no more use the dark web as a shield to avoid the consequences of the law. He continued by saying that those who prey on the most vulnerable citizens and the ones who cannot protect themselves, can very much expect to be held responsible and face the federal wrath of justice.

Grisanti’s conviction comprised of 12 counts of possession of child pornography, 8 counts of accessing computer files with the intent to view child pornography, and a single count of tampering and destroying evidence.

Also speaking after the verdict was the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division, Robert Middleton who stated that the verdict gave a clear picture of the FBI’s commitment to investigating child pornography cases with a sense of urgency to prevent children from falling prey to people who engage in this kind of activity. “The teamwork between our agents and state law enforcement partners ensured there is one less predator victimizing the most innocent and vulnerable members of our community,” he said.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, also chipped in on the case after the verdict saying that there are only a handful of things which are more disgusting than knowing innocent children are still falling victim to people who engage in such criminal acts and added that he very much appreciated the work of the dedicated detectives and the mutual cooperation with the federal partners which is helping in dealing with criminals lawfully.

Grisanti’s arrest now adds to a long list of criminal who were engaged in child pornography. James Keith Wolfe, a 55-year-old man and also a fellow Kentucky native from Olive Hill, last year received an 11-year federal prison sentence after he submitted thousands of images and hundreds of video of child porn. In addition to his sentence, he was also ordered by the judge to receive 20-years of supervised release, once he completes his prison sentence.

Earlier this year, Stephen Kyle Goodlet, a 37-year-old former principal at a high school in Hodgenville, Kentucky was given a prison sentence by a federal judge for admitting to stealing nude photos from students’ phones and then sharing them offline. He pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in August 2017. He was given a 10-year prison sentence, followed by another 10 years of supervision after his release.

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Global Operation Takes Down DDoS-for-Hire Site https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/06/global-operation-takes-down-ddos-for-hire-site/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/05/06/global-operation-takes-down-ddos-for-hire-site/#comments Sun, 06 May 2018 06:37:29 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=25606 On April 24, international law enforcement agencies announced several arrests connected to Webstresser.org, the so-called “largest” booter or stresser service available to the general public. Many of the countries involved in the investigation issued press releases that detailed the arrest of operators in several countries. The international investigation, as explained in a press release from ...

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On April 24, international law enforcement agencies announced several arrests connected to Webstresser.org, the so-called “largest” booter or stresser service available to the general public. Many of the countries involved in the investigation issued press releases that detailed the arrest of operators in several countries. The international investigation, as explained in a press release from the Dutch police, involved as many as 10 law enforcement agencies operating within the framework of ‘Operation Power Off’.

webstresser.org is the strongest IP Stresser / Booter on the market, we provide strongest and most reliable server stress testing, with up to 350Gbps,” the site advertised on its front page.

As of this article, authorities across the globe have arrested at least six suspected administrators and at least 10 suspected users of the service who failed to protect their identities when paying for DDoS attacks. One of the press releases mentions an arrest in the URL; the actual announcement only covered the execution of a search warrant.

According to the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), more than four million DDoS attacks have been attributed to Webstresser.org. The NCA announcement blamed the stresser site for DDoS attacks launched against some of the biggest backs in the United Kingdom. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia released a statement that accused the site’s operators of launching attacks against banks, government bodies, police forces, and online gaming sites.

The site’s 136,000 registered users could launch attacks for as low as $15 per attack, according to the NCA. On Webstresser.org, the cheapest option costs $18 and provides one month of access to Webstresser.org’s DDoS tools. The $18 or “Bronze” package offers one concurrent attack and a maximum of 1,200 seconds per attack.

Dutch law enforcement and the UK’s NCA led the investigation, the press releases confirmed. The site’s four primary staff—admin, m1rk, Mixerioza, and Tyrone—had internet footprints that connected them directly back to their real life identities. The police also used the group’s Facebook and Hotmail account to push the investigation forward. Investigators found that the site’s primary operator, a 19-year-old living in Zaprešić, Croatia, had hosted Webstresser.org on a server in the Netherlands.

Two Serbians were also involved in the Webstresser.org criminal organization and arrested on the same day Croatian police arrested the main suspect. A 19-year-old from Prokuplje and a 21-year-old from Ruma made up the Serbian members of the team. The Serbian press release said that the investigation had not found any other Serbian involved.

By the time the suspects realized that the police caught onto their operation, the United States law enforcement agencies had seized the domain name. Investigations are ongoing and authorities fully expect to catch the users of the site. Ten users have already been arrested, Dutch law enforcement reported.

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