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Man Caught for Buying a Glock on the Darknet in 2014

The arrest of a Heidelberg darknet weapons vendor in 2016 helped customs investigators from the Nuremberg Customs Department catch a 26-year-old gun buyer. A press release from the Customs Investigation Office in Munich revealed that the 26-year-old had purchased a gun from the vendor in 2014. During a search of the man’s home, authorities found a matching Glock pistol and ... Read More »

ProtonMail Launches PC App for IMAP and SMTP Integration

ProtonMail, an email service built around privacy and encryption, introduced a application that allows users to access their ProtonMail accounts with regular desktop email clients. ProtonMail formerly restricted users to a web interface through a javascript-enabled web browser or a mobile application. Users can now send and receive end-to-end encrypted emails through desktop apps like Outlook, Apple Mail, and Thunderbird. ... Read More »

Woman Used Darknet Hitman Service in Failed Murder Plot

In Denmark, a woman faces charges for attempting to have her boyfriend killed through a fake hitman-for-hire service on the darknet. At an undisclosed date prior to March 31, 2017, British authorities alerted Italian authorities that someone in Denmark had attempted to have an Italian citizen killed. Italian authorities then alerted law enforcement in Denmark. Although North Zealand police arrested ... Read More »

Two Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Euros on the Darknet

In early June, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) arrested two counterfeiters in Duisburg-Neudorf after they had shipped a package of fake Euros to a customer without the proper postage. The package returned to sender and the counterfeiters had used the address of a neighbor. In December, a district judge finally sentenced both suspects for printing counterfeits and selling them ... Read More »

Court Date Set for Alleged Dream Market Moderator

Former Dream Market Senior Moderator Gal Vallerius received a date for his next court appearance. Vallerius has been in federal custody ever since landing in the United States on August 31. The alleged darknet market moderator and vendor faces drug distribution conspiracy charges in the Southern District of Florida. According to the DEA agent responsible for the investigation, Vallerius worked ... Read More »

Europol Fights Darknet Drug Trafficking in Operation Dragon

Following the success of the joint action operations known as Ciconia Alba, Blue Amber, and Archimedes, Europol joined forces with law enforcement entities from more than 60 countries for the fourth operation of this scale: Operation Dragon. Operation Dragon focused on human trafficking, illegal immigration, cocaine trafficking, heroin trafficking, “synthetic drug trafficking,” cybercrime, weapon trafficking, counterfeit trafficking, MITC fraud, and ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California sentenced a former member of PlayPen, a darknet child abuse forum, to 14 years in prison and 15 years on parole. Jason Sebastian Sparks, a 29-year-old from Oroville, California, had accessed the forum for just over three hours in 2015. The FBI had only taken control of the ... Read More »

Amphetamine Dealer Gets Two Years of Probation

A 21-year-old drug dealer managed to leave a Bavarian courtroom with nothing but two years of probation. He faced charges in connection with “commercially trafficking narcotics in no small amount,” a crime that carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison. The court, however, believed the young drug dealer showed signs of a promising future and opted for a ... Read More »

Classified Documents Show NSA Secretly Helped Convict People in US Courts

An Uzbekistani man who immigrated to the United States in 2009 has become another victim of the United States’ warrantless surveillance programs. The man, whose name is Fazliddin Kurbanov, arrived in the United States as a refugee who had converted from Islam to Christianity. Kurbanov moved to Boise, Idaho and began taking classes to learn how to become a truck ... Read More »

Leakbase Shutdown Might be Connected to Hansa Bust

The Dutch National Police’s infiltration and takedown of the Hansa marketplace may be linked to the recent shutdown of Leakbase, a shop that sold usernames and passwords from hundreds of data breaches. Leakebase, in early December, unexpectedly redirected visitors to haveibeenpwned.com. Leakbase users reported connectivity issues several times this year. Hackers, at one point, even leaked the usernames and passwords ... Read More »

Ex-German Footballer Arrested For Dark Web Drug Trafficking

A former German international has been handed a 3-year jail sentence for drug trafficking via the dark web. 62-year-old Walter Kelsch was convicted of helping his son, Nicholas, in and participating in drug trafficking, which took place in an online dark web marketplace. He and his son were sentenced at the Landau court for their role in helping one of ... Read More »

“The number of cybercrimes in Russia has increased six fold, reaching $18 million in damage”

Yuri Chaika, the Attorney General of Russia, reported significant increases in cybercrimes in the state during 2017, which number grew six times as much for the last 3 years. At the meeting devoted to cyber counterstrikes Chaika provided the following data: “For the period 2013-2016 the number of cybercrimes increased from 11,000 to 66,000. And in 2017 the growth is ... Read More »

Alphabay Counterfeit Vendor “VIB” Busted in Austria

At the Vienna Regional Criminal Court, an entire “counterfeiting gang” received sentences for producing counterfeit Euro notes and selling them on Alphabay. According to the court, the four members of the so-called “counterfeiting gang” had set up a workshop at a residence in the Landstraße district. The group of Austrians received different sentences based on the roles they played in ... Read More »

18.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Dream Vendor ‘DaddyGreenJeans’ aka ‘MrCandy’ Busted The Portland Police Bureau announced that 33-year-old Joseph R. Caruso had allegedly distributed fentanyl and fentanyl analogs via darknet markets. According to their announcement, Caruso sold on Alphabay and Dream Marketplaces under the names “DaddyGreenJeans” and “MrCandy.” The investigation into Caruso began after a Wisconsin man overdosed on a fentanyl analog and officers found ... Read More »

French Fraudster Made 400k in Only a “Few Months”

Audincourt: The Montbeliard-Hericourt police arrested a 20-year-old in Doubs, France, for fraud and use of fraudulent documents. Adam, the 20-year-old university student, had allegedly used the darknet to conduct a series of scams. The police accused him of buying identification documents on the darknet and then using the forged documents to open bank accounts and lines of credit. He seemingly ... Read More »