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25.02.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

UK Fentanyl Vendor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison A Dream vendor known as ‘Soviet Bear’ received an eight year prison sentence and a harsh warning from Cardiff Crown Court Judge Eleri Rees. UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) discovered that a 25-year-old from Newport named Kyle Enos operated the vendor account. The Crown Prosecution Service proved, at a hearing that ... Read More »

Teen Avoids Jail After Downloading 4,500 Child Abuse Photos

At age 15, Corey Ewels used the darknet to download almost 4,500 pictures of child abuse, prosecutor Jeremy Evans told Grimsby Crown Court. Police raided Ewels’ Abbey Road, Grimsby home on January 20, 2015. One year passed before investigators analyzed the computer seized from house of the so-called “wizz kid.” Ewels, one of the youngest the court had ever seen ... Read More »

CryptoCurrencies News Roundup 18.2.18

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments. New developments: Ellen DeGeneres mentioned Bitcoin to her 3 million viewers Popular American TV show host Ellen DeGeneres recently did a small take on Bitcoin during her show. During the few minutes she spoke about the flagship cryptocurrency, DeGeneres likened it to the photo of a baby goat, as both only ... Read More »

Mumbai Polive Searches for a Wat Into The Dark Web

The dark web continues to do more damage every day. Despite the numerous efforts that many law enforcement agencies and government across the globe are doing, it still isn’t enough to put a stop to it. Many criminals are in bed with the dark part of the internet and do not intend to stop anytime soon due to the freedom ... Read More »

Man Arrested For Selling Darknet Drug to College Students

Following the recent reports of a high rise in Darknet related drugs among the youth, authorities have taken positions on the various Darknet platforms to arrest suppliers. The Ohio authorities have produced one other evidence of the ongoing drug trade by arresting an Iowa man in this process. In order to avoid a risk of being exposed, he operated on ... Read More »

North Yorkshire Police Receives Chief Constable’s Commendation for Crackdown of Dark Web Drug Smugglers

A group of 26 north Yorkshire police officers and staff members who contributed to the takedown of what was referred to as a “sophisticated” network of illegal drugs smugglers on the dark web has received chief constable’s commendation. Two dark web drug traffickers, Aarron Gledhill and Ross Brennan, who are said to have met at the university, were put behind ... Read More »

Allwine Sentenced to Life in Prison for First Degree Murder

In Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Judge B. William Ekstrum sentenced 44-year-old Stephen Allwine to life in prison without parole for the murder of his wife. Only days before the sentencing, a jury deliberated eight hours before finding Allwine guilty of murdering his wife and trying to make the death look like a suicide. Life in prison is the mandatory sentence in ... Read More »

Two Darknet Dealers Arrested in Russia

In Rostov-on-Don, a city in Southern Russia, the Customs Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs captured a drug dealer who “played a key role in an international criminal organization.” Authorities arrested the “key player” drug dealer and one accomplice. The duo, an announcement said, helped supply drugs to customers spread throughout numerous regions in Russia. Along with several unknown ... Read More »

Man Sentenced After Package Interception in France

Prior to his arrest, 25-year-old Chateau-Thierry resident Adel Belkacem made five separate orders on the darknet, the authorities announced after the May 2017 arrest. In May, Customs spotted a package containing 109 ecstasy pills, 117 grams of amphetamine, 48 grams of ketamine, and 64 grams of cannabis. Belkacem received a sentence of nine months in prison and a fine of ... Read More »

Pedophile Headed to Prison for Eight Years in “Rat Abuse” Case

U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bianco sentenced 30-year-old Christopher Robert Grief to eight years in prison for receiving child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce. According to the announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Grief, under the name “Mookie,” often visited child abuse forums dedicated to the torture of children. After his eight ... Read More »

New Russian Dark web GandCrab Ransomware Uncovered.

An Australian Cybersecurity firm, LMNTRIX on Friday released its report on the finding after an investigation that uncovered a newly engineered GandCrab Ransomware nicknamed ‘GandCrabransomware’. The malicious program is being marketed and advertised in Russian on the dark web as a ransomware-as-a-service package to potential buyers. Though the cybercrime industry has been making significant revenue for quite some time globally, ... Read More »

13.02.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alabama Veterinarian Accused of Ordering 18 Grams of Fentanyl on the Darknet Alabama’s Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested 46 year old David Wallace for ordering 18 grams of fentanyl from the darknet. Along with Wallace, Alabama authorities arrested his accomplice, 33-year-old Dana Marie Leslie. Officials said the amount of fentanyl seized could have wiped out an entire (small) ... Read More »

UK’s Investigatory Powers Act Ruled Unlawful by Court

A United Kingdom law known as the Investigatory Powers Act, which authorizes mass surveillance, was recently ruled to be unlawful by the Court of Appeals in London. The Investigatory Powers Act is popularly known as the Snoopers Charter. The ruling from the three judge panel strikes down much of the Snoopers Charter. The challenge to the British mass surveillance law ... Read More »