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Man Sentenced for Buying Five Glocks on the Darknet

A man from Dresden faced charges of weapons trade, ammunition possession, and child pornography possession at Dresden District Court. All three charges stemmed from activity committed on the darknet. The police’s discovery of the images depicting child abuse only occurred after the defendant ordered five Glock 17s from an undercover officer on a darknet site. He received a prison sentence ... Read More »

Dublin Man Bought Grenades on the Darknet for the IRA

In November, 35-year-old Darren Gleeson pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organization (read: the Irish Republican Army). In early 2017, Gleeson purchased two grenades on the darknet that law enforcement intercepted and replaced with inert replicas. Months after the controlled delivery and arrest, a three-judge court sentenced the man to three years and six months in prison. In May ... Read More »

German Dealer Busted for a Failed Delivery in 2015

A court in Bad Säckingen sentenced a 24-year-old drug dealer to two years probation and a small fine. The dealer had ordered 600 Euros of amphetamine from a darknet vendor in December 2015. Due to a lack of postage, the package showed up at the return address of an innocent third party who called the police. Authorities got around to ... Read More »

25.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Amphetamine Dealer Gets Two Years of Probation In a Bavarian courtroom, 21-year-old Simon K.’s “promising future” encouraged a judge to hand down a lenient sentence for drug trafficking. The 21-year-old had partnered up with an older colleague to sell ecstasy and amphetamine from the darknet. K. told the court that he had a drug addiction problem and that part of ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 24.12.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Coinbase adds Bitcoin Cash support, investigates potential insider trading Popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recently added Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to both Coinbase and its Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX), which helped the cryptocurrency’s value surge for a brief period of time. The addition initially triggered a trading frenzy, that ... Read More »

German Government Wants Backdoors on All Devices

Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, is calling for a vast expansion of the government’s surveillance capabilities through backdoor access to virtually all electronic devices, including automobiles, computers, and smartphones. Thomas de Maizière has created a proposal he plans to discuss at an upcoming conference in Leipzig which would create “the legal duty for third parties to ... Read More »

Ukrainian cyber troops

An interview with Evgeniy Dokunin aka “White hacker” brought to light prompt information about a group of hackers who call themselves “Ukrainian cyber troops” (UCT). Evgeniy Dokunin is the leader and founder of the organization. He has been working in the field of security cyber systems for 10 years already and got the idea to establish UCT when political and ... Read More »

Man Caught for Buying a Glock on the Darknet in 2014

The arrest of a Heidelberg darknet weapons vendor in 2016 helped customs investigators from the Nuremberg Customs Department catch a 26-year-old gun buyer. A press release from the Customs Investigation Office in Munich revealed that the 26-year-old had purchased a gun from the vendor in 2014. During a search of the man’s home, authorities found a matching Glock pistol and ... Read More »

ProtonMail Launches PC App for IMAP and SMTP Integration

ProtonMail, an email service built around privacy and encryption, introduced a application that allows users to access their ProtonMail accounts with regular desktop email clients. ProtonMail formerly restricted users to a web interface through a javascript-enabled web browser or a mobile application. Users can now send and receive end-to-end encrypted emails through desktop apps like Outlook, Apple Mail, and Thunderbird. ... Read More »

Woman Used Darknet Hitman Service in Failed Murder Plot

In Denmark, a woman faces charges for attempting to have her boyfriend killed through a fake hitman-for-hire service on the darknet. At an undisclosed date prior to March 31, 2017, British authorities alerted Italian authorities that someone in Denmark had attempted to have an Italian citizen killed. Italian authorities then alerted law enforcement in Denmark. Although North Zealand police arrested ... Read More »

Two Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Euros on the Darknet

In early June, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) arrested two counterfeiters in Duisburg-Neudorf after they had shipped a package of fake Euros to a customer without the proper postage. The package returned to sender and the counterfeiters had used the address of a neighbor. In December, a district judge finally sentenced both suspects for printing counterfeits and selling them ... Read More »

Court Date Set for Alleged Dream Market Moderator

Former Dream Market Senior Moderator Gal Vallerius received a date for his next court appearance. Vallerius has been in federal custody ever since landing in the United States on August 31. The alleged darknet market moderator and vendor faces drug distribution conspiracy charges in the Southern District of Florida. According to the DEA agent responsible for the investigation, Vallerius worked ... Read More »

Europol Fights Darknet Drug Trafficking in Operation Dragon

Following the success of the joint action operations known as Ciconia Alba, Blue Amber, and Archimedes, Europol joined forces with law enforcement entities from more than 60 countries for the fourth operation of this scale: Operation Dragon. Operation Dragon focused on human trafficking, illegal immigration, cocaine trafficking, heroin trafficking, “synthetic drug trafficking,” cybercrime, weapon trafficking, counterfeit trafficking, MITC fraud, and ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California sentenced a former member of PlayPen, a darknet child abuse forum, to 14 years in prison and 15 years on parole. Jason Sebastian Sparks, a 29-year-old from Oroville, California, had accessed the forum for just over three hours in 2015. The FBI had only taken control of the ... Read More »