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Darknet Bust: Global Law Enforcement Raids Massive Counterfeiting Organization

Many law enforcement agencies, each with their own name for the operation, just arrested an extensive counterfeiting organization. Most of the investigation took place in Naples, Italy. During the hunt for the distributor of more than 600,000 counterfeit euros, the investigation crossed borders. From Naples, notes traveled to Spain—with law enforcement close behind—then Portugal, Malta, France, and Germany. Europol arrested ... Read More »

Darknet Vendors Flood the UK with Counterfeit Supermarket Savings Vouchers

Counterfeit items were never exclusive to the darknet. The US began redesigning bills to fight counterfeit $100 bills as early as 1996. The darknet, however, brought a new era of counterfeit goods, services, and currency to the market. Items otherwise unobtainable to the average customer became relatively easy to find and buy. Right now, along with fake euro notes, counterfeiters ... Read More »

Man Gets 8 Years in Prison for Buying AR15 Parts on the Darknet

In early December, a judge at Truro Crown Court sentenced Justin Paul Young to eight years in prison. Young, the former owner of Fal Fixings Ltd, pleaded guilty to several illegal weapons charges last year. Judge Simon Carr previously set a sentencing date for Young but the defendant passed out in front of the courthouse and received a new court ... Read More »

Researchers Develop Automated Facial Scanner for the Internet and the Darknet Is Next

European law enforcement just rolled out machine learning software that hunts P2P networks for child pornography. The AI automated much of the process—freeing investigators to spend more time investigating suspects. Interpol headquarters tested iCOP (Identifying and Catching Originators in P2P Networks) and found the AI ready for use. Claudia Peersman, the lead author of a study on the software, explained ... Read More »

Two Sussex Men Charged for Darknet Drug Sales and Money Laundering

An investigation conducted by South East Regional Organized Crime (SEROCU) led to the arrest of four men for darknet crimes. SEROCU investigated four men: two from Sussex and two from Birmingham. The Crawley Magistrates’ Court has seen only the Sussex men. The other two faced charges in Birmingham. Police confirmed that the court formally charged the two Sussex men with ... Read More »

Darknet Firearm Sales Indirectly Led to Austrian Cops Privately Carrying Guns

On November 30, a Weapons Act amendment passed the National Council’s internal committee. The amendment made many notable changes to the current laws but one stood out. It granted law enforcement the ability to carry firearms privately. Previously, officers locked their weapons at the station prior to completing their shift. An influx of firearms from the darknet—especially semi-automatic rifles—motivated the ... Read More »

Illegal Gun Trade on the Rise, Darknet Takes the Heat

Melbourne has seen a rise in the illegal gun trade, and it’s being blamed on the Darknet. Illegal gun dealers have been setting up ads on the classifieds site, Craigslist advertising the sale of weapons; notably firearms. Once contacted, the seller often instructs the would-be buyer to contact them through the messaging app Wickr. Law enforcement have uncovered countless ads ... Read More »

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Chief of Police Calls Darknet Drug Bust One of the Largest Ever in Sweden

On November 16, the Skaraborg District Court charged four individuals for drug distribution. The group sold 15 types of drugs and shipped them across the globe— mostly to the US. They also hand-delivered products within Sweden, investigators explained. Chief Inspector Lars Johansson said “this is the largest drug case ever,” at a recent press conference. Many of the initial figures ... Read More »

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Man Who Almost Bought a Shotgun off the Darknet Threatens to Kill Family

The Federal Police (BKA) arrested a 33-year-old man for threatening to kill his family. News reporters were on the scene, surprised to see special forces raiding the family home. But the investigator’s office released details to clear things up. Police previously arrested the suspect for making attempted darknet firearm deals, they said. In late 2016, the BKA made an announcement ... Read More »

Irish Darknet Drug Dealers Reassured of Receiving a Long Sentence in January

The three Irishmen who were charged for selling drugs on the Darknet have been assured they will receive lengthy jail sentences for their crimes. Richard Sinclair of Coleraine, Kyle Hall of Belfast, and Stephen Rodgers of Carrickfergus were all arrested and charged for selling drugs using the Darknet. Sinclair allegedly used his bedroom computer to order drugs from Holland, and ... Read More »

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Darknet Child Porn Investigator: The US Identifies 250 Pedophiles Daily

The Chief of Criminal Investigation in Bremerhaven spoke to a reporter about the intricate difficulties of her job. Her job, Karina Görs said, was hunting down pedophiles on the internet. She specifically focused on tracking pedophiles on the darknet. She told Nord 24 (North 24) that on a daily basis she sifted through hundreds of pictures and videos. The content ... Read More »

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Darknet Group in India Arrested for Shipping Xanax to the US

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a group that smuggled Alprazolam from Mumbai to the United States. Customers reportedly ordered via darknet marketplaces. Additionally, call centers were used fronts for the smuggling ring. DRI officers arrested group members after raiding two properties in Mira Road. They found 15,000 assorted drugs and arrested eight suspects. Officers arrested Air Express owner ... Read More »

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Two Germans Arrested for Selling Fake Euros on the Darknet

In November, the Hamburg State Criminal Police (LKA) arrested Peyman F., a 22-year-old counterfeiter. Officers caught the suspect with two packages of fake euro notes. He almost arrived at the post office to ship the packages to darknet buyers. Uwe Kelting, the Hamburg Chief Inspector, said “this was a great success for us.” Investigators discovered fake notes totaling 100,000 euros ... Read More »