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Napoli Group Counterfeiters Arrested in Bavarian Operation

The Bavarian State Office for Criminal Investigation seized more than 100,000 counterfeit Euro notes during a lengthy investigation into a so-called called “counterfeiting gang” responsible for producing and selling counterfeit Euro notes in Naples, Italy. Some readers might remember a connection between Naples and counterfeit Euro notes. The connection, as investigations conducted by Europol and law enforcement in both Italy ... Read More »

Grandfather of 12 Sentenced in Operation Pacifier Case

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant announced that a federal judge had sentenced a 76-year-old user of the darknet child abuse forum “Playpen” to eight years in federal prison. The Massachusetts man, Edward F. Dupont, had formerly pleaded guilty to downloading hundreds of child abuse pictures from the now-defunct darknet forum. The prosecution had argued that Dupont deserved a sentence ... Read More »

Trial Set for Latvian Accused of Running Malware Operation on Darknet

Ruslans Bondars, a permanent resident of Latvia was arrested and accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and computer hacking aimed at businesses in the United States of America. The latest update of his arrest is that a trial has been set for him. Together with a Russian, Jurijs Martisevs, they sold sophisticated malware on the Dark web, as well ... Read More »

Global Operation Takes Down DDoS-for-Hire Site

On April 24, international law enforcement agencies announced several arrests connected to Webstresser.org, the so-called “largest” booter or stresser service available to the general public. Many of the countries involved in the investigation issued press releases that detailed the arrest of operators in several countries. The international investigation, as explained in a press release from the Dutch police, involved as ... Read More »

Jeff Session Announces Nationwide Law Enforcement Operation Results Against Darknet Opioid

Although the darknet thrives on anonymity, Law Enforcement officials such as the FBI and the US Postal Inspectors are partly responsible for putting a stop to opioid distribution using the right techniques. Through determination and cooperation, J-CODE-the Joint Criminal Opioid DarkNet Enforcement team launched an Operation called “Disarray,” where buyers and sellers of opioids and cocaine were targeted. This four-day ... Read More »

Dream Vendor ‘OxyGod’ Arrested in DEA Operation

According to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California, a DEA investigation in Orange County led to the arrest of three men who allegedly sold fentanyl on the Dream darknet marketplace. The announcement followed the release of a criminal complaint that accused the men of darknet drug distribution under the vendor account “Oxygod.” The ... Read More »

Operation Bayonet: This is how HTCU took Hansa Market offline

The Dutch High Tech Crime Unit expertly assumed control over the underground website, Hansa Market. Operation Bayonet, a multinational law enforcement operation, proved that Hansa Market undeservedly felt safe on the darknet. The story behind pulling Hansa Market down started a couple months earlier along with another a critical marketplace on the darknet, Alphabay. The HTCU got signals that the ... Read More »

Operation Shadow Web Carding Forum Investigation Results in 36 Arrests

The United States Department of Justice recently announced that 36 individuals involved with a carding forum known as Infraud were charged as the result of an international law enforcement investigation called Operation Shadow Web. Law enforcement agencies in the United States which were part of Operation Shadow Web include the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and ... Read More »

Europol Fights Darknet Drug Trafficking in Operation Dragon

Following the success of the joint action operations known as Ciconia Alba, Blue Amber, and Archimedes, Europol joined forces with law enforcement entities from more than 60 countries for the fourth operation of this scale: Operation Dragon. Operation Dragon focused on human trafficking, illegal immigration, cocaine trafficking, heroin trafficking, “synthetic drug trafficking,” cybercrime, weapon trafficking, counterfeit trafficking, MITC fraud, and ... Read More »

Operation CROZET Nets Two International Drug Traffickers

In February 2017, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) launched an investigation into international drug traffickers in Melbourne. Among other drugs shipped to the dealers, the ABF had pulled 15.8 kilograms of MDMA and 2.6 kilograms of cocaine from the mail stream. They called the joint action “Operation CROZET.” In late October, the investigation came to ... Read More »

Four Busted in South Korea’s First Darknet Drug Operation

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s largest news outlet, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of four suspects in connection with darknet cannabis distribution. Yonhap reported that the main suspect, according to the indictment, had rented out a large building and converted the place into a marijuana grow center. From there, he sold to local dealers and ... Read More »

NJ Police Catch 14 for Child Porn in “Operation School’s Out”

After an investigation that spanned several months, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New Jersey State Police arrested 14 for allegedly distributing child pornography. Among the suspects were men ranging from 18-years-old to 70-years-old. They shared very little – other than an affinity for child abuse imagery. For instance, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, one of the ... Read More »

New Zealand’s “Operation Tiger” Targeted Young Darknet Users

As part of an operation that began in 2016, New Zealand law enforcement officials raided one dozen homes and arrested 13 suspects in early August. Investigators believed that all 13 suspects had acted in “furtherance” of drug distribution networks valued at millions of dollars. NZ authorities accused the group of drug importation, possession, distribution, among other crimes exclusive to specific ... Read More »