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Law Enforcement Looks Into Islamic Preachers Spreading Instigating Videos on Darknet

Indian government and its law enforcement organization National Investigation Agency (NIA) is conducting an investigation on several controversial islamic preachers distributing instigating videos on the darknet. Officers of the NIA stated that a new group of preachers were absurdly and offensively imitating radical islamic preachers with the sole intent of spreading propaganda and false information on islamic beliefs. The NIA ... Read More »

Irish Law Enforcement Calls Darknet Drug Trafficking an “Overwhelming Challenge”

Law enforcement across the world in 2016 struggled to stay ahead of crime on the internet. Major accomplishments, for both regional and international agencies, made headlines many times. However, as the year ended, quarterly reports from law enforcement authorities, police spokespersons, and even government representatives revealed that the “breaking news” cases were not a regular occurrence. Ireland’s Gardaí (Garda) is ... Read More »

The EU to Hire Hackers and Ex-Drug Users to Stop Darknet Drug Trafficking

Alexis Goosdeel, chief of The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), announced a new approach to fighting darknet drug sales. On January 4, Goosdeel spoke to the Belgian newspaper Le Soir about a newly drafted strategy aimed solely at the buying and selling of darknet-traced drugs. And according to Le Soir, the strategy, while not due for ... Read More »

Cybercrime Investigator Says Police Use “Covert Investigators” to Catch Darknet Vendors

The Attorney General at the Central Office for Combatting Cybercrime (ZIT), spoke with two famed ARD journalists about handling darknet crime. Both reporters, Annette Dittert and Daniel Moßbrucker, previously created a documentary on the darknet. While their interview with the ZIT’s Attorney General, Andrew May, covered the same topics, the interview and documentary were separate projects. Weapons, drugs, and child ... Read More »

German Arrested for Buying Ammo on the Darknet

In Mettmann—East of Düsseldorf in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, a 45-year-old IT specialist fell under law enforcement’s scope of suspects for online firearms purchases. The Customs Office of Essen opened the investigation into the suspect but made no mention of how the 45-year-old became a suspect. The Customs Office started investigating the Mettmanner and inspectors from the Customs Office are ... Read More »

Two Englishmen Sentenced for Downloading Child Pornography from the Darknet

On January 5, both Exeter Crown Court and York Crown Court in England saw two separate cases of defendants who used the darknet to access child pornography. In one case, a 40-year-old from Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter, pleaded guilty to three counts of downloading or viewing child pornography. In the other case, Martin Richard Shepherd, a 45-year-old hospital IT employee, ... Read More »

Darknet Drug Purchases Increase by 2.2%, Global Studies Suggest

Two major global drug studies from Global Drug Survey and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) emphasized the impact of the darknet on the rising global drug usages. EMCDDA specifically noted the rise of cryptomarkets such as AlphaBay, that accept anonymous cryptocurrencies including Monero to facilitate transactions. Bitcoin, the best performing currency and asset of 2016 ... Read More »

Sweden’s Largest Darknet Vendors Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

In the middle of November, the Skaraborg District Court charged four individuals for drug trafficking. Sofia Karlsson, the lead prosecutor, then explained the 6,000-page indictment over several weeks. After she finished reading the charges, she urged the court to sentence the group’s leaders to 14-years in prison. Karlsson provided the court, and judge, enough evidence to agree upon a guilty ... Read More »

Another Suspect Claimed Someone Else Used His Address to Buy from the Darknet

We recently wrote about the 45-year-old Kyle Nathan Smith who pleaded not guilty to several drug importation charges. Customs intercepted packages of MDMA with his address on the packages. Then local law enforcement found drugs in similar packaging in the man’s home. However, claiming that someone else used his computer to buy drugs worked; the judge found him not guilty. ... Read More »

Man Busted for Shipping Darknet Packages to His Mother’s Address

In August 2016, a 36-year-old from Vorchdorf ordered drugs from the darknet. The man, a 36-year-old shipped the packages to his mother’s address; the rehab program he participated in would catch these types of mailings. The Frankfurt Customs Office, between August and December, intercepted four packages sent to the mother’s house in Unterach. The Federal Police sent word to the ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Busted Two Slovenian Darknet Vendors for Selling Firearms and Grenades

Europol and the Ljubljana Police Directorate (Policijska uprava Ljubljana or LPD) recently announced the arrest of two darknet weapons vendors. Europol’s Focal Point Firearms unit aided the LPD in identifying two Slovenian nationals suspected of distributing automatic weapons via the darknet. The two, until their December 13 arrest also sold grenades, ammunition, knives, and handguns. They received 11 counts of ... Read More »

German Man Sentenced for Cyberbullying and Selling Electronics on the Darknet

The presiding judge at the Nuremberg District Court, on December 14, sentenced a 24-year-old to three years and five months in prison. The Lower Saxonian man faced charges that involved computer fraud, computer sabotage, incitement, violence, the spread of both animal and child pornography, along with data spying. His indictment included additional charges, but those received the most focus. “These ... Read More »

Financial Data of 200 Million Sold on the Darknet For $600

An unknown group of hackers is selling personal profiles and sensitive financial data of over 200 million people on the Darknet for $600. A technical review board at Peerlyst approved the legitimacy of the database, which is presumed to be composed of consumer information from Experian and Acxiom. Experian and Acxiom are both technology firms and information service providers with ... Read More »