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24-Year-Old Suspect Admits Attempting to Purchase Several Firearms from the Darknet

During mid-September, the Federal Criminal Police of Germany (BKA) arrested a 24-year-old for trying to buy weapons on the darknet. The BKA posed as a weapons vendor on the darknet and arranged a deal. Police, armed and masked, met the would-be buyer near a crowded supermarket and apprehended him on the spot. The 24-year-old from the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district, according to ... Read More »

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Researchers Claim the Darknet Has More Legal Sites Than Illegal Ones

The darknet (or darkweb/any variation thereof) has an undeniable stigma. Some know the hidden sites to be a gateway to speaking freely. Others use darknet marketplaces to purchase drugs that are safer than those on the street. Another group may use the anonymity to share child pornography. In the words of Ross Ulbricht, “I learned… when you give people freedom, ... Read More »

Swedish Police Claim to Have De-Anonymised 3,000 Darknet Buyers

The month of October ended with harsh examples of global law enforcement’s ever-growing darknet presence. We wrote about one such example: Operation Hyperion. Dutch police launched a site on the deepweb where they issued a warning to buyers and sellers. “You have our attention,” the site announced, followed by a list of arrested vendors. On October 31, Swedish police issued ... Read More »

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Coburg Man Arrested for Creating and Selling Fake IDs on the Darknet

The month of October presented a significant number of deepweb-linked fraud and counterfeiting cases. Following the trend of the month, another individual was arrested in Coburg, Germany for producing and selling fake IDs on the darknet. So far, this month, we have written about the following cases: Two German citizens, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old, were sentenced on October 12 ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Confessed to Selling Heroin and Fentanyl on Multiple DNMs

DEA agents conducted undercover buys from a darknet vendor between 2015 and 2016. That vendor, after sitting in jail for months, pleaded guilty on October 27. In a Broward County courthouse, Chrissano Leslie aka “owlcity” admitted to selling heroin and fentanyl on the DNMs. He pleaded guilty to all charges of drug-dealing, money-laundering conspiracy, and aggravated identity theft. In addition ... Read More »

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Defendant Sentenced to Probation for Using Fake Euros from the Darknet

The Emmendingen District Court recently sentenced a 25-year-old to two years of probation for crimes involving counterfeit currency. This case shares aspects with one we reported on October 21; Bavarian police arrested two men for making and distributing counterfeit euros via the deepweb. Both men arrested in the Bavarian counterfeiting case, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old, were discovered by their ... Read More »

Dutch National Prosecution Service and police launch Hidden Service in global Darknet enforcement operation

New scare tactic – Reposted from the dutch prosecution site – The Dutch National Prosecution Service and police launched a so called Hidden Service on the darknet today. The set up took place within the framework of ‘Operation Hyperion’. This first global Darknet marketplace enforcement operation ever, was conducted 22 to 28 October. Hidden Service Via the Hidden Service, an ... Read More »

Narcotics Control Bureau to Seize 500 BTC from Darknet Vendors in India

In July, Director General RR Bhatnagar of the Narcotics Control Bureau said two major darknet vendors were operating inside India. The NCB had been probing the syndicates and managed to identify various associates. The goal, he said, was to trace the operatives to the top and takedown the vendors. “For the first time, we have detected drug traffickers using the ... Read More »

Darknet Weapon Vendor Who Sold Weapons to the Munich Gunman is Working with Police

The darknet arms dealer who sold firearms to the Munich shooter has given a full confession to federal prosecutors. He testified against himself and is in full cooperation with the Frankfurt Prosecutors Office. In August, the 31-year-old vendor was arrested. The investigation into where David Ali Sonboly purchased his weapon was carried out by 65-person taskforce. 31,000 tips and pieces ... Read More »

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German Special Forces Arrest Darknet Amphetamine Vendor

On October 14, 2016, German Special forces prepared for an early morning raid. Law enforcement followed a “drug trail” that led directly to a house in Dinslaken. An initial investigation revealed the house’s resident was a darknet vendor. According to a spokesman from the prosecutor’s office, Special Task Force had been called in based on a potential firearm threat. Investigators ... Read More »

German Darknet Market Reseller Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison

A 40-year-old man from Bavaria has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for drug trafficking. According to investigators, the unnamed man bought $30,000 worth of drugs from darknet marketplaces. He then distributed the drugs throughout southern Bavaria. Investigators claimed, during court hearings in October, that the man operated between June 2013 and October 2015. He served ... Read More »

Malware Targeting US Government Computers Available On Darknet Marketplaces

According to InfoArmor, the notorious government computer malware GovRAT has been tactically upgraded. The Remote Access Trojan packs 11 high profile advancements, notes the feature list. However, researchers are not solely concerned with the updates to the malware. The improved accessibility is a major threat the government organizations in the US. GovRAT v2.0 is openly available for purchase starting at ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor BenzoChems Uploads Video of His Alprazolam Lab

In 2015, famed Xanax vendor Quantik uploaded a video of his pill press pumping out Xanax bars. A new vendor, going by the name BenzoChems, just uploaded one of his own. While Quantik’s video showcased a pill press, BenzoChem’s is focused on the production of Alprazolam. Such a peek into the life of a deepweb vendor is an unsurprisingly abnormal ... Read More »

Darknet Heroes League Marketplace Bans the Sale of Fentanyl

According to various news outlets, the death toll related to fentanyl overdose has risen dramatically over the past two years. In Philadelphia alone, a 632% increase in deaths were attributed to the potent opioid, as well as some of the more potent analogs, as recorded by both the CDC and law enforcement. There is an unfortunate connection between fentanyl-related overdoses ... Read More »