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Two Men Sentenced to Four Months for Buying 610 Ecstasy Pills

On August 30, Customs officers in Paris intercepted two packages that amongst “thousands of others” contained significant weights of several illegal substances. A K-9 unit, officers said, noticed the packages. Barely more than two weeks later, at the Criminal Court of Clermont-Ferrand, the package recipients and others involved received their sentences. Customs officers traced the package back to the intended ... Read More »

NJ Police Catch 14 for Child Porn in “Operation School’s Out”

After an investigation that spanned several months, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New Jersey State Police arrested 14 for allegedly distributing child pornography. Among the suspects were men ranging from 18-years-old to 70-years-old. They shared very little – other than an affinity for child abuse imagery. For instance, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, one of the ... Read More »

Chesapeake Man Pleaded Guilty in Darknet CP Investigation

On September 12, a Chesapeake man pleaded guilty to downloading “hundreds of thousands” of images depicting child abuse. The pictures, according to court documents, came from a darknet bulletin board. McClung, a 64-year-old Virginia resident, landed in the scope of a Homeland Security Investigations case in 2015. Agents arrested him last year. According to court documents, Homeland Security Investigations opened ... Read More »

25.09.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Russian Authorities Announced RAMP Takedown The Russian Anonymous Marketplace (RAMP), after the Alphabay and Hansa takedown, effectively tied with Dream market for market share and popularity. Many English speaking market users had never heard of the site, given that it was primarily for Russia, Ukraine, and other nearby countries. Most sales were dead drops. Very little shipping ever occurred. But, ... Read More »

Dealer Dodges Prison, Partially Thanks to His Darknet Supplier

In 2015, a 21-year-old homeless man sold an undercover police officer 10 ecstasy pills, two grams of hashish, and marijuana worth $120. Officers arrested the man in 2016 for drug trafficking and the possession of illegal substances. Although the prosecution pushed for prison time for the crimes the judge called “small time,” the defendant walked out of the courtroom on ... Read More »

German Duo Bought Darknet Drugs to Resell

Since 2015, according to an announcement by German police in, a couple in Aichwald had ordered and resold ecstasy, amphetamine, and hashish from darknet vendors. The couple had allegedly set up “shop” in an apartment in Aichwald, a small municipality in the Esslingen district of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. From there, in addition to buying drugs for resale, they pressed ecstasy tablets. ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 24.9.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon strikes Bitcoin again, says it’s “worth nothing” Last week, as reported by DeepDotWeb, JP Morgan’s chief executive Jamie Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud” and stated that he would fire any employee trading the cryptocurrency, as according to him it was both “stupid” and against the ... Read More »

Teen Gets a Nine Month Sentence for Serial Swatting

Ontario Court Justice Mitch Hoffman found Curtis Gervais, a 19-year-old “hacker,” was found guilty of 34 charges connected to dozens of swatting incidents in the US and Canada. As a result, Hoffman handed down a nine month sentence. As soon as the sentence was read, the family and defense council filed an appeal, according to the Ottawa Citizen. In what ... Read More »

Two Arrested for Stolen Credit Card Scam in Italy

On September 14, France’s Financial Affairs police arrested two men for illegal possession of financial data. The men, according to Le Progrès, a French regional newspaper, ran a credit card fraud operation in Lyon, France. One man stole card numbers and the second packaged the numbers for distribution on darknet marketplaces and forums. The credit card fraud began in June ... Read More »

Decentralized Darknet Markets Have Arrived: OpenBazaar 2.0 Beta Launches with Support for Tor

  OpenBazaar recently launched the beta version of OpenBazaar 2.0, finally allowing people to anonymously buy and sell products with cryptocurrency. In January of this year a Developer Release of version 2.0 of the OpenBazaar software was released, followed by the alpha version. The previous releases of OpenBazaar 2.0 used a testnet, but now with the beta version of the ... Read More »

19 Year Old On Trial For Darknet Video Related to Knife Murder

A nineteen-year-old boy who murdered two people with a knife appeared in court last week. Marcel Hesse lured a nine-year-old boy identified as Jaden to his basement and stabbed him 52 times in March 2017. He then uploaded a video of himself on the Darknet boasting of the murder. He also shared the video on WhatsApp saying that: “I know ... Read More »

No Jail Time for Man Caught Ordering 280 Grams of Weed

An IT worker from Tyning Crescent, Slimbridge, managed to dodge a mail sentence for buying 140 grams of marijuana from a darknet vendor. It was not his first order of this weight. And it was not for personal use, as law enforcement discovered and the prosecution explained. Despite the evidence the defendant faced, he received a sentence that required nothing ... Read More »

Memphis Man Guilty of Ordering Meth and Alprazolam

In early September, Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the conviction of a Memphis man for drug distribution crimes. The defendant, a 52-year-old named Duane Anthony Rouch, had trafficked and manufactured illegal substances through the darknet, using “cryptocurrencies”. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) tipped off Memphis Homeland Security (“ICE”) about incoming packages ... Read More »