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Over 15 Synthetic Darknet Drugs Found in Mexico

The Congress of the Union has asked the Comisión Nacional de Seguridad (or National Security Commission / CNS) to come up with strong strategies that can help in the fight against illegal drug trading in Mexico. This includes online businesses whose payments are made via credit cards and delivered by drones and parcels. The Congress of the Union has urged ... Read More »

Nine Arrested in France in Possession of Darknet Bought Devices

Range Rover owners in France found a reprieve last Tuesday when the department of security arrested nine suspected gang members in Essonne. The thefts of over 68 Range Rovers, comprised of eight members, ages 18 -21 and a ninth, 34 years old. According to reports, the arrests occurred after a six month long investigation starting in January. The gang had ... Read More »

Ecstasy Vendor Busted by Joint Taskforce in the Netherlands

A joint investigation between German and Netherlands police forces led to the arrest of several individuals suspected of running a darknet drug operation responsible for the distribution of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and hundreds of thousands of ecstasy pills. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Public Prosecutor of Münster and the State Criminal Police Office, with assistance from ... Read More »

Maryland Man Charged for Selling Counterfeit Xanax on the Darknet

Federal authorities in Maryland have accused a Baltimore County man of selling millions of dollars worth of counterfeit Xanax pills on the darknet. He faces drug distribution charges, money laundering charges, and an assortment of charges for related crimes. The Baltimore Sun reported that newly unsealed court documents accused Ryan Farace, 34, of operating a lucrative vendor account on an ... Read More »

Europol Busts International E-Commerce Fraud Gang

According to the European Police Office, (Europol), 95 suspected fraudsters were arrested in this year’s e-Commerce action. The 2018 e-Commerce action took place from June 4 to 15 and was a joint law enforcement operation between 28 countries from across the globe, coordinated by Europol’s European cybercrime center. A June 19 Europol press release stated that the suspects arrested included ... Read More »

London Doctor Sentenced for Selling Drugs on the Darknet

On June 22, Judge Patrick Thompson of the Chester Crown Court sentenced a London doctor to four years and eight months in prison for selling drugs on the darknet. The doctor, Dr. Tim Kerr, 28, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, one count of importing illegal substances, and one count of conspiracy ... Read More »

Suspected Kidnapper Extradited in “Black Death Group” Case

Not long after a Milan court sentenced Lukasz Pawel Herba to almost 17 years in prison for kidnapping Chloe Ayling, authorities extradited Lukasz Herba’s brother, Michal Konrad Herba, to Italy where he faces kidnapping and accessory charges. Ayling accused both brothers of kidnapping her and threatening to auction her to wealthy men who purchase women through a darknet human trafficking ... Read More »

French national behind UK data breach caught in Thailand

The Europol has announced the arrest of a 25 year old French national who was involved in the cyber-attack of several companies in the past few years. The investigation that led to his arrest started last year when a group of hackers known as the “Rex Mundi” were identified to be behind a hacking case that led to the breach ... Read More »

Another Massive Darknet Drug Bust in Germany

Police in Germany arrest suspects behind 125 Kg+ of synthetic drugs. Barely a week after French investigators took over Black Hand, law enforcement in Munster have seized up to 250 kilograms of narcotics that had been previously ordered on the Darknet from the Netherlands. The illegal drugs were destined for clients in Germany. The intelligence team, which comprised of narcotic ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor and Three Customers Busted in Mannheim

At the request of the public prosecutor in Mannheim, officials at the Mannheim District Court signed a provisional arrest warrant for four suspected darknet drug dealers and drug buyers, a joint announcement from the Mannheim public prosecutor and the Mannheim Police Headquarters read. The suspects had allegedly used the darknet to buy or sell drugs beginning in March 2016 and ... Read More »

French Customs Accuses Young Mother of Running the “Black Hand” Forum

In a recent statement to the press from a French law enforcement officer, a piece of information about the administrator of the recently seized “Black Hand” forum took the media by surprise. Unlike the deceased administrator of Alphabay, the owners of Hansa, or the ranking Silk Road owners and administrators, the administrator of the Black Hand forum was, behind her ... Read More »

3.7.18 Darknet and Cybercrime Roundup

“Black Hand” Darknet Forum Seized by French Authorities French Customs brought down a darknet forum called the “Black Hand,” the Minister of Public Accounts announced in a press release. The forum functioned as a drug market and a fraud market, former users of the forum have revealed. The announcement focused primarily on the market’s fake identification section that allowed fraudsters ... Read More »

Freedom Hosting Owner Loses Yet Another Appeal

The alleged owner of Freedom Hosting, Eric Eoin Marques, lost his appeal aimed at throwing a wrench in his extradition to the United States where he faces numerous “child pornography” charges. The Gardaí arrested the Dublin man in 2014 after the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation formally requested his arrest and extradition to the U.S. Since his arrest, Marques ... Read More »

Dealer Arrested for Forcing Ex-Girlfriend to Overdose on Fentanyl

An alleged darknet opioid dealer has been arrested for assault and robbery after attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend. According to a statement taken by authorities in a small town in Washington, Zachary Lowell Madding, 29, had texted his former girlfriend about a “drug that could help her wean off opioids.” When the woman came to pick up the drug in ... Read More »