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Operation CROZET Nets Two International Drug Traffickers

In February 2017, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) launched an investigation into international drug traffickers in Melbourne. Among other drugs shipped to the dealers, the ABF had pulled 15.8 kilograms of MDMA and 2.6 kilograms of cocaine from the mail stream. They called the joint action “Operation CROZET.” In late October, the investigation came to ... Read More »

Four Busted in South Korea’s First Darknet Drug Operation

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s largest news outlet, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of four suspects in connection with darknet cannabis distribution. Yonhap reported that the main suspect, according to the indictment, had rented out a large building and converted the place into a marijuana grow center. From there, he sold to local dealers and ... Read More »

NJ Police Catch 14 for Child Porn in “Operation School’s Out”

After an investigation that spanned several months, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New Jersey State Police arrested 14 for allegedly distributing child pornography. Among the suspects were men ranging from 18-years-old to 70-years-old. They shared very little – other than an affinity for child abuse imagery. For instance, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, one of the ... Read More »

New Zealand’s “Operation Tiger” Targeted Young Darknet Users

As part of an operation that began in 2016, New Zealand law enforcement officials raided one dozen homes and arrested 13 suspects in early August. Investigators believed that all 13 suspects had acted in “furtherance” of drug distribution networks valued at millions of dollars. NZ authorities accused the group of drug importation, possession, distribution, among other crimes exclusive to specific ... Read More »

Operation Tiger: 13 Arrested And Facing Drug Charges In New Zealand

New Zealander authorities announced the arrest of 13 individuals who were arrested in a nationwide police operation. The suspects are facing drug-related charges. All of the cases against the defendants are related to the dark web narcotic trade. On August 4, Detective Sergeant Tim Williams of the Waitemata Police informed the public in a press release about the arrest of ... Read More »

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EU IRU Finishes Fifth Online Extremist Content Operation

Europol and Interpol, during an operation that lasted less than a week, “assessed” 1,628 files “of terrorist, violent and extremist content” from the internet—both on the darknet and clearnet. The majority of the material, Europol said, came from 38 different online platforms. The decision to remove the content, following discovery by Europol’s internet detectives, was ultimately in the hands of ... Read More »

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A Globally Coordinated Operation Just Took Down Alphabay and Hansa

On July 20, “after a globally coordinated operation” between law enforcement agencies worldwide, the United States Department of Justice announced the takedown of Alphabay and Hansa marketplace. Other countries involved in the takedown held their own press events, and one announcement in particular came with an unexpected twist. Dutch law enforcement, unaware to much of the world, took control of ... Read More »

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Europol Arrested 76 Suspects In Europe-Wide Operation Against Carders

In a recent operation against online fraudsters, the Europol arrested 76 persons in 26 countries who are suspected of committing fraud using stolen credit card information. The law enforcement operation, “eCommerce Action 2017”, was coordinated by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to take down cyber criminals who are using stolen financial information, with the main focus on credit and debit ... Read More »

Norway Opened 33 New Cases In Operation Dark Room Child Porn Investigation

According to the Norwegian news publication newsinenglish.no, law enforcement authorities in Norway started 33 new child pornography-related cases in the past six months. The Bergen police, who are leading Norway’s largest investigation into online child pornography called Operation Dark Room, announced on May 30 that they had opened 33 new cases in the past six months. Law enforcement authorities estimate ... Read More »

Federal Police Grabbed 78K Ecstasy Pills During Operation Porto

On May 22, Federal Criminal Police Office announced a set of numbers attached to their anti-drug operation, known as “Operation Porto.” Since 2015, at least 170 kilograms of “poisons” and 78,000 ecstasy landed in police custody, many of which were en route to Austria. The police managed to track down at least 700 suspects, a spokesperson from the BKA explained. ... Read More »

Massive Pill Pressing Operation Busted in New York

After a year-long investigation, law enforcement busted the largest “fentanyl” trafficking conspiracy in New York. The DEA, ATF, HSI, CBP, and local police investigated the case. And on May 16th law enforcement made their move and arrested for individuals in connection with the drug trafficking ring. The Criminal Complaint accuses four of them with conspiracy with intent to distribute both ... Read More »

Philippine Police Arrest Several in Massive CP Operation

After an international tip, authorities in the Philippines​ arrested another pedophile akin to Peter Scully. Like Scully, this child abuse advocate played some role in an international child abuse network. The abusers live-streamed child pornography​ and torture, via the darknet, to thousands of viewers worldwide. They arrested the Queensland man while he attempted to erase some of the data in ... Read More »

On the Topic of the DoJ’s Operation Pacifier Acquittal

The Department of Justice’s decision to drop all charges against an Operation Pacifier suspect raised questions across the country—and world for that matter. Many mainstream media outlets found it abhorrent that a would-be sex offender walked free, simply because the FBI classified “some source code.” In the meantime, they neglected the good: that even in a case where guilt was ... Read More »

Interpol Operation Identities 9,000 C2 Servers

Interpol, along with several private sector companies, announced the identification of 9,000 command and control (C2) servers. In addition to the C2 Servers, they also found close to 360 websites infected with malware via an exploit in the website design application. Many of the websites, they announced, were government sites. Interpol operated out of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation ... Read More »