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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 »

Belgian Man Arrested for Accessing 64,000 CP Images on the Darknet

In Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde, a judicial arrondissement in Brussels, Belgium, a 24-year-old man from Zaventem caught a 36-month sentence for an ”impressive” collection of child pornography. In Brussels, according to court officials, the issue is a “nuclear epidemic” and the 24-year-old had demonstrated that perfectly. Yet, in spite of the high chance of recidivism the defendant is still fighting for a diversion. ... Read More »

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Russian Authorities Busted RAMP, the Oldest Darknet Market

Russian police, in July 2017, shut down the largest remaining darknet market: RAMP aka Russian Anonymous Marketplace. The news surfaced through an official document provided to TASS, a Russian news agency. In July, RAMP went offline for an abnormal and unexpected period of time, naturally distilling fear amongst users. Alphabay and Hansa went down the same month.The market admin, Darkside, ... Read More »

DHS Says Darknet Criminals Are Switching From Bitcoin to Monero

The United States federal government continues to view the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) as a potential tool for cybercriminals. An agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told CNBC recently that cybercriminals are “looking more closely at other currencies like Monero and Ethereum.” Earlier this year an FBI agent with the bureau’s Cyber Division told reporters at ... Read More »

Newport Man Admits Selling Adulterated Fentanyl on the Darknet

On August 29, a 25-year-old Newport man pleaded guilty to the distribution of fentanyl and two related charges. Kyle Enos, the now-guilty defendant, appeared in Cardiff Crown Court to enter his guilty plea in a case the National Crime Agency considered much bigger than Enos himself. The case, according to the NCA, has an “international aspect.” During Enos’s Cardiff Crown ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Vendor Apologizes for the Munich Massacre

The darknet gun vendor who sold a weapon to the Munich gunman, one year after the massacre, confessed. Philipp K., the vendor, admitted to selling David Sonboly a Glock 17 and ammunition. He said, in his opening statement, that had he known David Sonboly truly planned “such an atrocious act,” he would not have sold him the gun. Philipp faces ... Read More »

15 Year Old School Boy Arrested For Darknet Drug Trafficking

The UK is the center of the world leading Darknet drug purchases among teens. A 15-year-old schoolboy has been arrested by authorities for buying illicit drugs from the Darknet. According to reports, the teen was able to purchase the drug from the Darknet after he and some friends contributed money to raise an amount enough to buy acid from the ... Read More »

Senate Inquiry Set to Examine Stolen Medicare Information on the Darknet

The Australian Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee revealed an upcoming probe into the circumstances surrounding the stolen Medicare numbers that ended for sale on darknet markets. The probe will also examine software and protocol issues with Health Professional Online Services, issues with My Health Record, and the method in which healthcare professionals handle Medicare information. The probe will ... Read More »

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Circumstantial Evidence Used to Convict Darknet Drug Buyer

During a hearing in late August, a 32-year-old defendant from a small town in northern Bavaria almost escaped a guilty verdict. The suspect, a Burgkunstadt man, had allegedly ordered 100 grams of amphetamine from a darknet vendor. However, like several recent cases in Germany, the prosecution struggled to prove that the suspect, though he had lived at the house, had ... Read More »

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German Police Address Former Politician for Years of Darknet Distribution

A former district committee member and board spokesperson of the Green party in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg sold drugs on the darknet since 2013, German authorities announced on August 22. That very same day, a special police commando unit raided the 40-year-old’s apartment after a lengthy investigation into his criminal activities. In total, according to the Berlin Landeskriminalamt (LKA), “Boris J.,” the suspect, ... Read More »

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Former Vendor’s Records Used to Catch Father and Son Darknet Team

On August 23, multiple federal agencies announced the arrests of Michael and Philip Luciano for fentanyl and oxycodone distribution on Alphabay, a defunct darknet marketplace. The father-son team sold on Alphabay under the name “Zane61,” the court documents revealed. From as early as February 2016, “Zane61” was a registered Alphabay account. The duo sold through the account until July 2017 ... Read More »

The Son of a Politician Arrested in a Darknet Drug Raid

The drug raid in Germany has moved from the streets to the home of an influential politician in the country. In the past, many drug traffickers were arrested after they were found guilty of purchasing illicit drugs from the Darknet. Most of the Darknet related arrests in Germany involved weapon trafficking. The investigation by the authorities has now taken them ... Read More »