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Italy Finishes 27 More Italian Darknet Community Raids

On the morning of June 29, 2017, Italian police raided 27 homes throughout 27 provinces. The raids resulted in nine arrests, although only one of the suspects, as of July 1, was identified as a darknet drug vendor. This operation was part two of an investigation into the users of the former Italian Darknet Community. The State Police of Rome ... Read More »

Utah Man Faces Life Sentence for Selling Drugs on the Darknet

Utah has once again grabbed headlines on Darknet related news, as a man faces a life sentence for running a store on the Darknet that distributes illicit drugs to buyers. 28 years old, Aaron Shamon, pleaded not guilty to several criminal counts, but he may be sentenced to a life imprisonment if found guilty. According to a source, Shamon made ... Read More »

CBP Official Explains Darknet Drugs and Package Seizures

On June 27, a House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing for H.R. 2851: Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017. The law would allow the Attorney General to introduce analogs into a new drug category, Schedule A. Additionally, it would lengthen penalties for drug crimes and add mandatory minimum sentences. One witness, Robert Perez ... Read More »

World Drug Report: Cocaine Trafficking and Darknet Markets

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released the World Drug Report on June 22. Drug trends resembled those from the Global Drug Survey. Health issues as well. The World Drug Report highlighted additional changes to the drug landscape: global increases of coca bush cultivation. Coca bush cultivation increased by 30 percent between 2015 and 2016. Given the increased ... Read More »

The Distribution of Opioids on a Darknet Markets – A Research Study

Crypto-marketplaces are marketplaces that are hosted on anonymous networks, such as the Tor network, or other Darknets, and are mainly focused on the sale of illegal substances and illicit drugs. These online marketplaces utilize various tools to ensure the anonymity of their users and confidentiality of the delivered products by mail. Throughout the past few years, illicit drug trafficking on ... Read More »

Man Admits Phishing $365k in BTC on the Darknet

Michael Richo, a 35-year-old Connecticut man, pleaded guilty to charges linked to a $365,000 Bitcoin phishing scam on June 27. He admitted that he created fake login pages to popular darknet marketplaces and farmed the credentials. He then logged into their real account and withdrew Bitcoin balances. We wrote about Richo after his arrest in 2016. The defendant spread phishing ... Read More »

Netherlands: Six Darknet Marketplace Vendors Arrested

The Netherlands is one of the superpowers in drug dealings in Europe, and a report released last year confirmed that the country is counted among the leading producers of drugs through the Darknet marketplace. As part of the measures to reduce the use of Darknet drug trade in the Netherlands, authorities took down some shops set up on the Darknet ... Read More »

Eighteenth Member of NZ Darknet Child Abuse Ring Sentenced

In December 2015, US Homeland Security notified New Zealand Police’s Online Child Exploitation unit (OCEANZ) about a child exploitation ring with connections to the darknet. A New Zealand man, Drew Webb, proved integral to the case. He centered the ring and his arrest led to the freedom of 31 children. A June 2017 sentencing of one of the group’s members ... Read More »

Credentials of Senior Figures in Britain Hacked and Sold On the Darknet by Russian Hackers

Credentials of senior figures of the United Kingdom, including ministers, ambassadors, and police have been sighted on the Darknet marketplace for sale. The passwords and emails which are believed to have been hacked by a group of Russian hackers are sold at cheaper prices for individuals who need them for their frauding activities. According to reports, the stolen credentials include ... Read More »

UN Official Says Gangs are Globalizing via the Darknet

According to a UN official, Central American crime groups have started to use the darknet to strengthen connections with transnational organized crime and drug trafficking gangs. They are offering drug trafficking services for flat rates and reaching markets that would be otherwise inaccessible. Officials believe this is one explanation for increased cocaine demand and purity. Amado Philip de Andrés, representative ... Read More »

Behind-the-Scenes: a Darknet Market on the Ethereum Blockchain

A team of developers are nearly finished with a decentralized market known as “Tralfamadore.” Everything on the market—from vendor listings to sales themselves—will be free from the confines of any one marketplace; the backend, running on the Ethereum blockchain, will function as a database for market content. As a decentralized system, nobody holds your funds and all orders are controlled ... Read More »

Darknet Arms Deal Resulted In Prison Sentences For Four Belgians

On May 22, four defendants were standing trial at the Criminal Court of Tongeren, Belgium for attempted purchase of 10 Glock pistols. However, the deal was never conducted, before it could be made, law enforcement authorities arrested the suspects who sought to conduct the arms trade. On June 19, the Criminal Court of Tongeren sentenced all of the suspects to ... Read More »

German law enforcement arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of buying drugs from the dark web with the interntion to resell.

Bavarian Justice Minister To Introduce Bill Resulting In More Efficient Investigations Against Darknet Criminals

Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback (Christian Social Union – CSU) seeks to introduce a bill, which would help German law enforcement authorities to identify and prosecute darknet criminals, who are either ordering or selling drugs that are shipped via the national postal service. In order to combat illegal trafficking on the dark web, Bausback plans to introduce a bill, which ... Read More »

FBI Hacked Darknet Buyer Who Wanted To Purchase Mail Bomb

According to a plea agreement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hacked a dark web user who tried to purchase a mail bomb from an undercover investigator in the United States. The plea agreement, filed on April 28, 2017, states that Clinton Scott Bass of Georgia in the SE United States, was using two different pseudo names, contacted an undercover police ... Read More »