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First Carfentanil Reports Surface in Austria

A drug clinic in Austria revealed that they detected carfentanil in drug samples they had tested between October and November 2017. Although the widespread use of carfentanil has been majorly limited to various countries, Austrian authorities have prepared for an influx of so-called “synthetic opioids” through the darknet. The United States maintained the “opioid epidemic” image long before carfentanil emerged ... Read More »

Several Internet Drug Dealers Busted in Russia

According to reports from Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, authorities arrested three Russian citizens for selling drugs on the internet. The three, believed to have been part of an organized drug trafficking group, allegedly sold illegal substances in exchange for cryptocurrencies. The Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kaluga Oblast investigated three suspects involved in organized drug ... Read More »

Darknet Opioid Ring Suspect to Stay in Jail Until Trial

Drew Wilson Crandall, an alleged member of a Utah-based darknet opioid ring, must wait for an upcoming trial from behind bars, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled in late November. A grand jury had previously indicted Crandall and five co-conspirators for their roles in an international drug trafficking organization. Crandall allegedly helped Aaron Michael Shamo rise as a successful darknet ... Read More »

Researchers Find Hidden Trackers in Android Apps

Researchers from several groups have discovered hidden tracking software inside of more than 300 Android apps available on the Google Play Store. Researchers with a French non-profit organization called Exodus Privacy initially discovered 44 trackers in over 300 Android apps. Researchers at the Yale Privacy Lab, an initiative created by the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School, hope ... Read More »

Platforms with Bitcoin and Co. are to register their users in a central database, according to the EU Council.

Bitcoin news roundup, December 10, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: CBOE to launch Bitcoin futures on December 10 Last week, DeepDotWeb reported on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) receiving approval from the U.S: Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to trade Bitcoin futures on its platform. At the time, the date in which the regulated exchange would list Bitcoin ... Read More »

10.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Chemical Love Conspirator Sentenced to Three Years in Prison Chemical Love: Nicholas Kelsch ran Chemical Love, a massive darknet drug shop/online drug trafficking organization. German authorities rounded up Nicholas aka z100 and four co-conspirators in 2016. As of late December 2017, four of the five Chemical Love drug traffickers received sentences. A German court finally managed to sentence the fourth ... Read More »

Teacher Escapes Jail for Dark Web Child Porn Charges.

  Despite pleading guilty to a string of child pornography offences, Robert Zitzelsperger, 53, who was a teacher at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, will not spend a day behind bars. His offences included, possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to access child pornography. In Sydney’s District court on November 24, Judge Diana Yehia sentenced the former ... Read More »

Two Finnish Dark Web Drug Dealers Busted and Put in Custody.

According to the Poliisi’s website drugs category, Finland has witnessed a surge in online drug trade. Designer drugs use have alarmingly increased and are viewed as the latest and greatest threat. These drugs are being delivered via the postal system. Customs authorities in Finland have been very instrumental in seizing drug packages ordered from the dark web, they do so ... Read More »

Major Dream Vendor Busted in Germany

  The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) made yet another significant bust in November. This time, according to the BKA’s press release, German authorities arrested a so-called “top vendor” on both the Hansa and Dream Marketplaces. The vendor, a 29-year-old German National, used the pseudonyms “mrdrogenkommandant” and “drogenfahndung.” BKA investigators, the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT), and ... Read More »

Napoli Group Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to House Arrest

Carmine Guerriero, one of the main actors associated with the international counterfeiting ring known as the “Napoli Group,” received a five year sentence for his role in the crime syndicate’s activities. For the widespread distribution of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Euros, Guerriero will spend five years under house arrest. The Guardia di Finanza arrested Guerriero in December 2016. More ... Read More »

Chemical Love Kingpin’s Dad Fights for Acquittal

In 2016, German authorities arrested five men for distributing drugs in the darknet and clearnet under the name “Chemical Love.” A German court announced that one of these men, a former professional football player for VfB Stuttgart, will be sentenced on November 30. The prosecution is asking for four and a half years of incarceration. Walter Kelsch, the 61-year-old defendant, ... Read More »

Interpol and Cisco Team Up to Fight Cybercrime

On November 20, Cisco and Interpol took a step forward in their battles against cybercrime by forming a partnership that will see them intensify the fight against cybercrime. According to Cisco’s statement the alliance will see the two organizations develop a coordinated and focused approach to data sharing. This not only will allow for quick threat detection around the world, ... Read More »

28 Overdose death linked to Darknet drug ring in Utah

Utah has been hit by drug overdoses in recent years, and the number of overdose cases recorded increases year after year. Statistically, at least one person dies of a drug overdose every day. Opioid overdoses have been reported to kill more people than gun violence and accident fatalities. Authorities in Utah have launched an investigation into a recent drug overdose ... Read More »

Drug Trafficker with a Pistol Disputes “Armed Drug Trafficker” Charge

After a 45-year-old from Baden-Württemberg admitted he had grown and trafficked cannabis, bought opioids from the darknet, and bought a gun from the darknet, the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor’s Office pressed the court for a prison sentence of more than four years. They claimed he committed armed drug trafficking. His defense attorney pushed for a shorter sentence of just under four ... Read More »