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Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ross Ulbricht’s Case

In December of last year, the attorneys for Ross Ulbricht, the convicted creator of the original Silk Road darknet, had asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review Ulbricht’s case in a petition for a writ of certiorari they filed with the high court. But prior to the end of the Supreme Court’s term for this year, the ... Read More »

Life Changing ‘Near Death Experience’ Saved a Drug Buyer from Prison

Judge Robert Pawson, at a sentencing hearing in Swindon Crown Court, sentenced a heavy user of ecstasy to nothing but a suspended sentence after hearing how a near death experience had changed the (now former) drug user’s outlook on life. Steven Hancock, 46, frequently purchased ecstasy pills on the darknet throughout 2017 and perhaps even earlier than 2017. He told ... Read More »

12.7.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

Maryland Man Charged for Selling Counterfeit Xanax on the Darknet A Homeland Security Investigations investigation known as Operation Dark Gold ended with the arrest of 35 individuals suspected of illegal activity connected to the darknet. One suspect, in Maryland man, has been accused of producing counterfeit pills from his home in Baltimore County and selling the counterfeit pills on the ... Read More »

Spanish Police Seize Almost 800,000 LSD Tabs in Massive Operation

The Spanish Civil Guard, Austrian Police, and Europol conducted an operation that led to one of the largest drug busts in the EU, according to a recent announcement from the numerous law enforcement agencies involved in the operation. The investigation, as revealed on the Civil Guard’s website, was conducted under the framework of ”Operation DRYER” and involved several years of ... Read More »

California Man Admits Selling Guns to a Darknet Vendor

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced that Michael Paul Grisham Smith, 44, pleaded guilty to selling AR-15s with obliterated serial numbers to undercover Homeland Security Investigations agents who had been posing as a darknet weapons vendor. In five months, according to the announcement and recently unsealed court documents, Smith sold eight rifles to the undercover federal agent on three separate ... Read More »

Newcastle Doctor Jailed For Dealing Drugs via the Dark Web

A UK man has been jailed for dealing in illegal drugs via the dark web. 28-year-old Tim Kerr, a doctor and his counterpart, a university friend Adrian Tickridge-Day, 27, imported drugs from the dark web and sold them on the streets. Kerr, when not saving lives at a hospital in Newcastle, was busy being a dark web drug trafficker and ... Read More »

Man Indicted After Attempting to Order Radioactive Substances on the Darknet

Late in the month of June, a Charlotte grand jury returned an indictment filed in response to murder-for-hire charges filed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Christopher Nasca. As expected, the returned federal indictment charged a North Carolina man for attempting to kill a man he referred to as his “enemy.” Bryant Riyanto Budi, 26, hired a hitman to murder ... Read More »

German Ecstasy Buyer Fined for

A young man faced a judge to receive sentencing for buying several packages of ecstasy from suppliers on the darknet. The man, referred to without a name or age, lived in the town of Frankenberg an der Eder in Hesse, Germany. Between an unknown date and the summer of 2017, the defendant had—by his own confession—ordered hundreds of ecstasy pills ... Read More »

NCA wants Tech Companies to Prevent Pedophiles from Uploading Images

The National Crime Agency (NCA) ranked Britain as the third largest consumer of child pornographic material coming behind Canada and the United States. Most of the pornographic content is mostly uploaded on platforms based in the US. Majority of the children subjected to the abuse and exploitation are from Asian countries mainly the Philippines. The agency witnessed an increase in ... Read More »

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

A 30-year-old woman, La’ Dina M. Coleman, of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded not guilty to an identity theft charge. Coleman is accused of using credit card information acquired from the dark web to purchase appliances worth more than $9,000. Coleman was arrested on the 12th of April alongside 33-year-old Lepolean N. Reasonover of Chicago, after a truck they were driving ... Read More »

Shutting down social engineering attempts on you!

In my last article I talked about how you can use social engineering for your benefit. But the reverse is true too, someone can use social engineering on you, to their benefit, with you in the dark. In fact, odds are good that at one point someone has attempted to use social engineering techniques on you. In bad situations, this ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Baltimore Man Accused of Illegal Dark web Drug Trade

Ryan Farace (34) has been charged for masterminding illegal drug sales on the dark web. According to the indictment, Farace operated drug trades on the online black market for five years and successfully delivered many ordered packages through postal services after customers made payment in Bitcoin. He has been charged with money laundering and illegal drug trafficking. According to a ... Read More »

Secret Service Wants Congress to Regulate Anonymous Cryptocurrencies, Coin Mixing, and Mining Pools

The United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance recently held a hearing on the Illicit Use of Virtual Currency and the Law Enforcement Response. The only three people to testify at the hearing before the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finances were all law enforcement agents who worked for the federal government. ... Read More »

Fake Cheques in France Raise Concerns of Darknet Counterfeit Trouble

Fraud aided by the darknet is becoming rampant in the world; France has its own share of the vice. Authorities in the past and to date, have arrested citizens engaging in fraudulent activities on the darknet or activities originating from the anonymous deep web. Instances of fraud recently including purchasing fake Identities or fake cheques and euros. Two Cernay teenagers ... Read More »