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9.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Hiring a Hitman on the Darknet The 58-year-old woman who paid a “hitman” on the darknet to have her love/ex-lover killed received a six year prison sentence. Danish police kept the case quiet for the greater part of 2017. Towards the end of the year, the public learned that the authorities had locked up ... Read More »

Research: 47% Of All Bitcoin Transactions Involves Illegal Trading Mostly On ‘Darkweb’

Talis Putnins and Jonathan Karlsen, Professors at the University of Technology Business School in Sydney, together with Dr. Sean Foley from Sydney University, have been jointly working on a research whose results are shocking. In their yet to be published document ”Sex, Drugs, Darknet and Bitcoins,” the nearly half of all bitcoin transactions involve illegal trading either directly or indirectly ... Read More »

RCMP Bust Fentanyl Distribution Ring with Darknet Ties

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested several suspected members of a darknet fentanyl distribution network. In mid December, the RCMP raided a drug lab in Chateauguay that had been pumping out fentanyl and carfentanil. Thirty police officers participated in the drug bust and arrested a total of at least eight suspects—some at the drug lab and others at various ... Read More »

Moderator of Darknet Child Porn Sites Admits Guilt

A 21-year-old Penticton man pleaded guilty to one count of importing and distributing child pornography in connection with multiple darknet child pornography sites. According to the prosecuting lawyer Andrew Vandersluys, the 21-year-old defendant either created or moderated the following darknet child abuse sites: the Giftbox Exchange, Childs Play, and Hurt Meh. The defendant, Tyler Walker, played a key role in ... Read More »

Teens Allegedly Bought Thousands of Xanax Pills on the Darknet

A tip from New York customs led to a ‘major’ drug bust in Wisconsin. Two 19-year-olds ordered a package of 5,000 alprazolam pills from a darknet dealer in Great Britain. Customs caught the package and alerted a drug task force in Wisconsin. The ordeal resulted in the arrest of both 19-year-olds for a wide spread of felony drug charges. When ... Read More »

Bitcoin News roundup 7.1.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Facebook CEO studying cryptocurrencies in quest for decentralization Mark Zuckerberg, in what he called personal challenges for the year ahead, revealed that he is studying cryptocurrencies and encryption to improve the social networking service he co-founded. He noted that this year he is going to focus on “fixing important ... Read More »

Ecstasy Vendor ‘StoneIsland’ to Spend 16 Years in Prison

Judge Roger Hetherington sentenced 26-year-old Kurt Lailan to 16 years in prison for selling thousands of ecstasy pills on darknet marketplaces under the name “StoneIsland.” Officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) caught Lailan on May 10, 2016, after intercepting almost 10,000 ecstasy pills Lailan and his father had imported from Holland. Portsmouth Crown Court heard how ... Read More »

Former Russian police officer claims: “War on drugs is lost”

During the interview to “Lenta.ru,” a former officer of Federal Drug Control Service of Russia explained how the war on drugs was lost and why all controlled substances are sold and bought on the darknet. “No one buys on the streets” In the Drug Control Service we did not follow trends. Maybe it happened because we got used to monitoring ... Read More »

Man Downloaded a ‘Pedophile Manual’ on the Darknet

Norwich Crown Court heard how 40-year-old Lee Daly had downloaded a so-called “pedophile manual” from the darknet. The man read the 170 page document, but he never acted on any of the information contained within it. Police investigators reported that he had not downloaded or viewed any child pornography either—he had simply visited a darknet child abuse site and downloaded ... Read More »

How do Russians run business on darknet?

Dmitry Nosov, a leader of the Russian social public organization “Antidealer”, said during the interview to a radio station: “We have a very important task – to bring drugs trafficking back to the streets, away from the Internet”. What made the Russian darknet so attractive for both sellers and customers? In this article we shall try to answer this question. ... Read More »

NSA Exploits Used to Create Monero Mining Malware

A pair of exploits used by the NSA, which had been leaked online earlier this year by the hacker group known as the Shadow Brokers, is now causing havoc by aiding a group that is using the exploits to install malware which runs Monero mining software on infected computers. Cybersecurity experts from F5 Networks have discovered an attacker who is ... Read More »

Feds to Sell Alleged Darknet Dealer’s Bitcoin

In December, a federal judge signed an order that allowed the U.S. government to sell bitcoin seized in an investigation into a fentanyl trafficking ring in Utah. Even though the defendants and original owners of the assets still faced charges in court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to sell the digital currency and vehicles prior to any sentencing, citing the ... Read More »

Alphabay Vendor ‘Courvoisier’ Pleaded Guilty to UK Hacking Charges

Grant West, a 25-year-old UK man, has pleaded guilty to stealing customer details from 17 major websites and reselling the information on the darknet. He admitted attacking Uber, T-Mobile, Groupon, Vitality, Coral Betting, AO.com, the British Cardiovascular Society, Mighty Deals Limited, Truly Experiences Ltd, Ladbrokes, Asda, Argos, Nectar, M R Porter, RS Feva Class Association 2017, Just Eat, and Sainsburys. ... Read More »

Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Hiring a Hitman on the Darknet

In Lyngby, Denmark, a 58-year-old woman received a six year prison sentence for trying to have a man killed through a darknet murder-for-hire service. The first public mentions of the case occurred only a couple of months before the sentence hearing, even though Danish authorities arrested the woman in early 2017. Informative case details only started surfacing after the December ... Read More »