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Hearing Rescheduled for Alleged Dream Mod ‘OxyMonster’

Gal Vallerius, the alleged Dream moderator arrested by federal authorities in an airport in Atlanta, Georgia, moved to have his first hearing pushed from December 2017 to May 2018. According to suspect’s lawyer, the prosecutor’s office of the Southern District of Florida presented a case that involved “all if the complexity” of the internet. The judge granted the defense’s request. ... Read More »

German Police Takedown 13 Online Drug Shops

In conjunction with the State Central Office for Cybercrime and Koblenz Attorney General, 139 police officers raided properties in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia on December 7. The operation resulted in the removal of 13 online drug shops and the arrest of site owners and conspirators. The network—or ‘gang’ as described by NRW police—sold drugs through the clearnet and darknet ... Read More »

Darknet Drug and Fraud Vendor Gets a 12 Year Prison Sentence

The Thuringian State Criminal Police Office arrested a pair of darknet dealers in late 2016 for narcotic trafficking in as many as 4,000 separate cases. Like many modern vendors, they attracted police attention after the post office returned one of their packages to a random recipient who, in turn, gave the package to the police. The package lacked the proper ... Read More »

Business Owner Accused of Smuggling Fentanyl Found Dead in Norwood Home

Reports from the Hamilton County Coroner’s office states that a Norwood woman who was accused of smuggling fentanyl passed away last week. Even though this death cannot be attributed as an overdose, it still adds up to the number of fentanyl-related deaths which keep going up every day. Grace Bosworth, 39, owner of Global to Local Languages, a Cincinnati translation ... Read More »

Russian tourists head to African paradise for cheap drugs

Every year thousands of Russians fly to Morocco to experience new impressions. Their number has doubled this year in comparison with 2016 – about 70,000 people. The quantity of tourists, coming to this North African country from all over the world, has exceeded 10 million and the amount increases exponentially. Not all the travelers come there to enjoy the ocean, ... Read More »

Father and Son Accused of Being Agora Vendor “StoneIsland”

Portsmouth Crown Court heard how a father and son had allegedly distributed thousands of ecstasy pills on several darknet markets under the names Stone Island, Stone Island 1, Stone Island+ and Tony Soprano999. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit apprehended the duo in May, 2016 after UK Border Force agents seized $100,000 of ecstasy and followed up with a ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Buying Five Glocks on the Darknet

A man from Dresden faced charges of weapons trade, ammunition possession, and child pornography possession at Dresden District Court. All three charges stemmed from activity committed on the darknet. The police’s discovery of the images depicting child abuse only occurred after the defendant ordered five Glock 17s from an undercover officer on a darknet site. He received a prison sentence ... Read More »

Dublin Man Bought Grenades on the Darknet for the IRA

In November, 35-year-old Darren Gleeson pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organization (read: the Irish Republican Army). In early 2017, Gleeson purchased two grenades on the darknet that law enforcement intercepted and replaced with inert replicas. Months after the controlled delivery and arrest, a three-judge court sentenced the man to three years and six months in prison. In May ... Read More »

German Dealer Busted for a Failed Delivery in 2015

A court in Bad Säckingen sentenced a 24-year-old drug dealer to two years probation and a small fine. The dealer had ordered 600 Euros of amphetamine from a darknet vendor in December 2015. Due to a lack of postage, the package showed up at the return address of an innocent third party who called the police. Authorities got around to ... Read More »

25.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Amphetamine Dealer Gets Two Years of Probation In a Bavarian courtroom, 21-year-old Simon K.’s “promising future” encouraged a judge to hand down a lenient sentence for drug trafficking. The 21-year-old had partnered up with an older colleague to sell ecstasy and amphetamine from the darknet. K. told the court that he had a drug addiction problem and that part of ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 24.12.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Coinbase adds Bitcoin Cash support, investigates potential insider trading Popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recently added Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to both Coinbase and its Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX), which helped the cryptocurrency’s value surge for a brief period of time. The addition initially triggered a trading frenzy, that ... Read More »

German Government Wants Backdoors on All Devices

Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, is calling for a vast expansion of the government’s surveillance capabilities through backdoor access to virtually all electronic devices, including automobiles, computers, and smartphones. Thomas de Maizière has created a proposal he plans to discuss at an upcoming conference in Leipzig which would create “the legal duty for third parties to ... Read More »

Ukrainian cyber troops

An interview with Evgeniy Dokunin aka “White hacker” brought to light prompt information about a group of hackers who call themselves “Ukrainian cyber troops” (UCT). Evgeniy Dokunin is the leader and founder of the organization. He has been working in the field of security cyber systems for 10 years already and got the idea to establish UCT when political and ... Read More »