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Darknet Vendor Faces “Many Years” for 3,700 Sales

In July 2016, a postal office in lower Franconia intercepted a package of suspected narcotics. They forwarded the information and package to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). Then, over a significant period of time and “with great effort,” the BKA made serious headway in the investigation. They traced the package to a house wherein they found 600 grams of ... Read More »

Prison Sentence For Dutch Man Who Tried To Purchase Assault Rifle And Explosives From The Darknet

In January, a man from Barendrecht, the Netherlands was sentenced to prison for attempted purchase of handguns, a shotgun, an assault rifle, grenades, and ammunition. Now, the man appealed the punishment against him. Law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands received a tip from their Australian colleagues, which resulted in the arrest of the 24-year-old suspect in August 2016. According to ... Read More »

Latest Shadow Brokers Dump Thrives on the Darknet

The Shadow Brokers need no introduction. The same can be said for the batch of stolen files the Shadow Brokers recently set loose. And naturally, the stolen files made their rounds across the internet. As with many things in this sector, it took no time before the darknet started crawling with both the files and communities—new and old—centered around the ... Read More »

Parent Claims Dealer Gave Fentanyl to Son, Darknet to Blame

In November 2016, an 18-year-old overdosed at his father’s house in Deal, Kent. Afterwards, the toxicology report cited fentanyl as the cause of death. Robert Fraser overdosed on a couch with white lines prepared before him. However, due to a lack of evidence, the police ended their investigation into the crime. Sources reported that they attempted, before closing the case ... Read More »

Indiana State Police: Darknet Crime Like a Game of Whack-a-Mole

For a police force, the Indiana State Police played a larger role in fighting cybercrime than many others. The Cyber and Intelligence Division ran several programs over the past few years that promoted online awareness. They focussed on the protection of children and the advancement of law enforcement’s scope. OSINT, cryptocurrency, and methods stalkers used for cyberstalking commonly came up ... Read More »

Australian Border Force to Increase Darknet Presence

The US fought designer drugs, commonly referred to as analogues, ever since their inception. Clandestine laboratories kept creating new “designer drugs” that mimicked the effects of another drug, usually a pharmaceutical compound. US authorities found themselves unable to maintain a pace with new chemicals. Now, Australia announced that they stood in a similar position. These analogue “cat-and-mouse games,” so to ... Read More »

Phony Bomb Threat Caller Sold Drugs on the Darknet

In early April, police arrested 19-year-old Michael Kaydar at his home in Ashkelon, Israel. Israel’s Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s’ Court remanded the 19-year-old Israeli-American hacker for the third time in part of a larger investigation. Court advised the man of conducting hundreds of fake bomb threat phone calls to Jewish institutions. The investigation took off once the hacker called Jewish Community ... Read More »

Portugal Notices Increased Darknet Trafficking

The media payed special attention to cybercrime following several key moments throughout world history. The ongoing struggle between Russia and the United States, for instance, placed a spotlight on “election hackers” and hacking in general. With added attention to internet crime came added attention to the darknet. Although the rise of the original Silk Road attracted attention from the media, ... Read More »

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Three Arrested In The Netherlands For Selling Ecstasy On The DarkNet

Law enforcement authorities arrested three men, aged 25, 26 and 47, in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, for allegedly selling large amounts of ecstasy pills on the darknet. On March 30, Dutch authorities detained the three suspects for suspected trafficking in large quantities of drugs, which were sent via the national postal service to abroad countries, including the United States, Belgium, and ... Read More »

Europol Links Darknet Markets and Terrorism

Europol—via themselves, law enforcement, the private sector, or otherwise—continually made Bitcoin-related appearances over the last five years. And according to the most recent study that involved Bitcoin and illegal firearm trade, illegal firearm dealers moved to the darknet. Not just any firearm dealers (I.e., vendors), but organized crime vendors. Europol quietly pushed a connection between organized crime, the dark web, ... Read More »

Tax Fraud Up 6,000 Percent as W-2s Fill Darknet Markets

Internet scams are nothing new. Every time one scam gets outdated, the scammer move from one scam to the next. And while people may have learned that those emails never came from African prince and princesses, they started falling for new scams. IBM’s X-Force found a 6,000 percent increase in email fraud between December 2016 and January 2017. The researchers, ... Read More »

One School Lost 120K .Edu Emails to the Darknet

A report issued by the Digital Citizens Alliance revealed, to the public, a data collection some called “a national security threat.” ID Agent, a company that helped collect data and publish the report, said that researchers found 120,000 University of Michigan e-mail addresses accessible on the darknet (Scribd). (Original PDF available here.) The problem increased over a 12-month period; although ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Lists 25 Hacked Forum Databases

Talk of hacking, both in respect to the usual cybercrime victims and anything related to the US presidential election, dominated news headlines for months. Since then, the mainstream media quieted down—a bit—regarding election hacking or cyber-espionage. Those investigations themselves grew more interesting once the mainstream media slowed election news; the United States indicted four in connection with suspected election hacking. ... Read More »

Four Suspects Arrested In The Canary Islands As Part Of A Darknet Law Enforcement Operation

Earlier this week, Spanish investigators arrested four young persons for distributing synthetic drugs they bought from the dark web. According to a press release by the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard – an organized police force charged with duties under the authority of both the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defence in Spain), Spanish law enforcement authorities arrested ... Read More »

Georgia Man Sentenced for Darknet Child Porn Guides

A 28-year-old man from Gwinnett County, Georgia, operated a clearnet website where he hosted child pornography. He additionally wrote guides for other pedophiles on making use of the darknet to view, distribute, and discuss topics regarding child pornography, After less than one hour of deliberation, the jury convicted the defendant, Thomas Scot Edvalson, of 22 counts of sexual exploitation of ... Read More »