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Report: Easier To Acquire A Rifle Than A Pistol In The Netherlands

A recently conducted report claimed that it is easier to acquire a rifle than a pistol in the Netherlands. “The darknet and the internet just simplified the purchase of firearms; you order, pay in bitcoins, and you get the weapon delivered by a courier,” one of the researchers stated. According to the report, law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands are ... Read More »

Teenager Arrested for Trying To Buy Glock Pistol From The Dark Web

Megan Schadeberg (19), from Carmarthenshire, had attempted to buy a Glock handgun from the dark web and said she wanted to ”kill herself and kill the world” according to the court. During the house search, police found books on mass shootings where the girl made notes. They also found a diary where Schadeberg said that she “hated everyone” and “did ... Read More »

German Accused Of Committing Large Scale Fraud

Authorities accused a German man of committing large scale fraud. He allegedly purchased compromised bank accounts on the dark web and used those to transfer funds to his own accounts causing serious damage to the victims. A 40-year-old man of Gelsenkirchen, North-Rhine Westphalia is standing in court facing charges of large scale fraud. According to the accusation, before the court ... Read More »

Details Released In The Case Of The German Arms Dealer Who Sold A Glock Gun To The Münich Shooter

A German news publication released further information in the case of the 32-year-old darknet weapon vendor who sold a Glock gun to the Münich shooter.  The Münich shooting incident – occurred on July 22, 2016 in the vicinity of the Olympia shopping mall – took the lives of 10 people (including the shooter himself) and injured five others. The 18-year-old ... Read More »

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Eight Busted for Selling Fentanyl-laced Oxycodone Pills on the Darknet

After a two year investigation into drug trafficking in Texas, federal authorities finally arrested a “ring” of both darknet and local drug traffickers. The group consisted of eight members. As collective members, they ordered fentanyl from a laboratory in China then created fake prescription painkillers with a pill press. They sold these on the darknet and many ended up on ... Read More »

18-year-old German Tried To Purchase Machine Gun From The Dark Web

A young man was arrested by German law enforcement authorities for attempted purchase of a machine gun from the dark web. When investigators searched his apartment, they discovered multiple pieces of counterfeit 50 euro bills in addition to a considerable amount of narcotics. The defendant is facing serious charges. Recently, the police and the public prosecutor announced the arrest of ... Read More »

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Alphabay Glock Vendor Admits to Firearm Deals from 2016

On July 27, an Indiana man admitted to his role in weapon trafficking in connection with Alphabay arms trafficking. Benjamin Donald Brunni—a 19-year-old from Greensburg, Indiana—drove from Indiana to New Jersey to sell an Alphabay buyer 10 firearms. Law enforcement, as often the case in weapons deals, had posed as the Alphabay buyer, and ultimately trapped Brunni. Brunni, along with ... Read More »

How Gunmen Covertly Trade Ammunition Over Dark Web

DeepDotWeb has offered extensive coverage on how the dark web and its marketplaces have evolved into well-structured criminal organizations over the past few years, making it that much more difficult for governments and law enforcement agencies to track. The sophisticated structures of dark web marketplaces and criminal organizations have been highlighted by various law enforcement agencies including the French national ... Read More »

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Only 0.5 Percent of Darknet Market Listings are for Firearms, Study Shows

According to a new RAND Corporation study, close to 60 percent of the weapons sold on darknet marketplaces originate from the United States. In contrast, European countries, collectively, only accounted for 23 percent of the darknet firearm transactions. The data collection occurred while Alphabay and Hansa still functioned as active marketplaces; thus, the number of total listings is far different ... Read More »

Netherlands Police Bust Three Darknet Traffickers

In early July, the National Police in North Holland raided eight locations in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, and Zandvoort. The searches were part of a January investigation into darknet vendors from the area. Police captured three suspects in their homes; the other locations contained drugs, firearms, cash, and manufacturing materials. The police explained that in September 2016, the Specialized Post / Parcel ... Read More »

Darknet Arms Deal Resulted In Prison Sentences For Four Belgians

On May 22, four defendants were standing trial at the Criminal Court of Tongeren, Belgium for attempted purchase of 10 Glock pistols. However, the deal was never conducted, before it could be made, law enforcement authorities arrested the suspects who sought to conduct the arms trade. On June 19, the Criminal Court of Tongeren sentenced all of the suspects to ... Read More »

German Weapon And Narcotic Dealer Facing 68 Charges

A man in his 30s from Lüdenscheid, Germany is facing 68 charges, including the illegal sale of weapons and drugs on a darknet forum. According to the court documents, the prosecution is currently preparing a comprehensive case against the 33-year-old defendant. A cybercrime specialist from the Cologne public prosecutor’s office reported that the family father had allegedly traded drugs and ... Read More »

FSB Arrested a 68-Year-Old Firearm Buyer

According to REN.tv, law enforcement in Moscow raided the home of a suspected weapons buyer with a connection to the darknet. While yet to be reported by Russian authorities, the news outlet spoke with a source who claimed the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) found the man by reading his “contacts on the darknet.” The suspect is ... Read More »

Two Georgia Men Indicted For Darknet Weapon Sales

On May 31, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia announced an indictment against two Georgia men for smuggling guns via the darknet. The men sent more than 50 “suspect packages” to at least a dozen countries. The four-year investigating began in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. Customs authorities in Australia intercepted a package that contained a karaoke ... Read More »