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7.02.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

FBI Shows Video of AlphaBay Admin’s Arrest During Conference At a conference at Fordham University in New York City, FBI Special Agent Nicholas G. Phirippidis spoke about the operation that brought down Alphabay: Operation Bayonet. The conference featured many speakers from the FBI. Many of the topics made headlines for controversial reasons. For instance, FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke on ... Read More »

The Youth and Cybercrime – the New Generation of ‘Cyber Criminals’

Cybercrime is commonly understood to include a broad range of criminal activities that use computers, digital devices, and the Internet. Despite almost 40 years of incidents, cybercrime still does not have a universally accepted definition in literature. Most authors classify cybercrimes based on the role of technology and criminal modus operandi. We’re in a world right now where children younger ... Read More »

29.01.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

German Darknet Vendor Faces Seven Years in Prison A 43-year-old darknet dealer faced judges in Berlin for his alleged crimes as a darknet market vendor. And “not a small time one [vendor],” either. The courts admittedly knew very little about the man’s operation. They knew he started selling on Silk Road in 2012. They found as many as 5,600 orders ... Read More »

Italian Police Released 2017 Cybercrime Data

In a recent press release, Italy’s Polizia Postale shed some light on their operations and arrests in 2017. The Polizia Postale investigates communication crime, including cyber terrorism, hacking, child pornography, and general cybercrime. Last year, in particular, the police noticed an uptick in the use of the darknet in crimes involving child abuse or solicitation. They have sworn to adapt. ... Read More »

23.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

HugBunter Hacks Freshly Launched “Odyssey Market” One of the pentesters responsible for disclosing many darknet market vulnerabilities, HugBunter, effectively wrecked a new darknet market only moments after it launched. Like White Shadow market, Odyssey market used a script. A Reddit user pointed this out roughly one week ago. The market admin told Reddit users that they only used the stylesheet ... Read More »

16.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Darknet Vendor ‘DutchKings’ Sentenced to Seven Years Netherlands law enforcement arrested, in November 2016, one drug dealer suspected of running the Agora vendor account “DutchKings.” The police actually arrested two suspects, 24-year-old Brandon M. and 26-year-old Kim van H. However, only Brandon M. had knowingly distributed drugs on the internet, the court ruled. Kim van H., Brandon’s partner, told authorities ... Read More »

9.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Hiring a Hitman on the Darknet The 58-year-old woman who paid a “hitman” on the darknet to have her love/ex-lover killed received a six year prison sentence. Danish police kept the case quiet for the greater part of 2017. Towards the end of the year, the public learned that the authorities had locked up ... Read More »

3.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt The story of the self-proclaimed model who cried “Black Death Group” refuses to stop making headlines. This time, Chloe Ayling’s alleged kidnapper—who slept beside her and went shoe shopping with her—claimed that she had invented the entire narrative. She had allegedly wanted to further her modelling career through a story about human ... 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 »

18.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Dream Vendor ‘DaddyGreenJeans’ aka ‘MrCandy’ Busted The Portland Police Bureau announced that 33-year-old Joseph R. Caruso had allegedly distributed fentanyl and fentanyl analogs via darknet markets. According to their announcement, Caruso sold on Alphabay and Dream Marketplaces under the names “DaddyGreenJeans” and “MrCandy.” The investigation into Caruso began after a Wisconsin man overdosed on a fentanyl analog and officers found ... 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 »

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 »

5.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Germany: Dutch Dark Web Drug Dealer Arrested with Drugs worth $3.5 million A joint press conference by Wuppertal police and the Wuppertal Prosecutor’s Office revealed that a special taskforce caught a “large-scale” darknet drug trafficker. The raid on all three of the suspect’s properties yielded more than 200 kilograms of drugs (some reports claim up to 400 kilograms). He was ... Read More »

Georgia Man Jailed For Role in Cybercrime against Kansas County

A Georgia man will now spend two years and three months in federal prison for his role in an email parody scheme that cost Sedgwick County more than $566,000. George S. James, a 49-year-old from Brookhaven, Georgia, was on Wednesday sentenced to 27 months in prison, according to U.S Attorney Tom Beall. James pleaded guilty to one count of wire ... Read More »

28.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

More Prison Time for Ex-Agent in Silk Road Case The Department of Justice announced that Shaun Bridges, a corrupt Secret Service agent who investigated Ross Ulbricht, will spend even more time in prison. He had previously received a six-year prison sentence for stealing $800,000 in Bitcoin during the Silk Road investigation. The additional two years stemmed from a case involving ... Read More »