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Bavarian Man Sentenced to Prison for 16 Darknet Purchases in 2013.

An electronics engineer from Rosenheim, Bavaria, just received 22 months imprisonment for making 16 separate drug purchases on the darknet. The convoluted case dated back to 2013 and was brought to Bavarian authorities by the US FBI. Every aspect of the case was controversial, OVB reported after the trial on November 7. The 28-year-old electronics engineer, currently living in Bad ... Read More »

Agora Vendor Sentenced to Four Years In Prison For MDMA Distribution

Postal workers in Washington intercepted several packages of MDMA and Xanax that led to the arrest of a darknet vendor. That vendor, Tristan Simpson Brennand, was arrested in December 2014, released on bond, and subsequently arrested again. On October 10, Brennand was sentenced to four years in prison for drug distribution. In a letter to the court, Brennand explained that ... 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 »

Romanian Hacker Gets Prison Time For Major US Hacking Scheme

A Romanian computer hacker was sentenced to serve three years in prison for an international identity theft scheme. On September 22, the multi-year case against the hacker who breached security companies and medical offices has been finalized. Mircea-Ilie Ispasoiu, the prosecuted hacker, had been operating since August 2011, according to indictment papers. In 2014, the US indicted Ispasoiu with two ... Read More »

Trendon Shavers Sentenced 18 Month Prison For Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in 2013, charged a man with defrauding investors in a bitcoin Ponzi scheme. According to the SEC, Trendon T. Shavers, founder and operator of Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BTCST) enticed investors with 7% return on investments, weekly, depending on the bitcoin market arbitrage activity. The federal case has finally concluded and Shavers will be ... Read More »

Founder of BitInstant Charlie Shrem Released from Prison

In his first blog post as a free man, Charlie Shrem writes that he was released sometime in June and is living temporarily in southern Pennsylvania with his girlfriend. Shrem, the CEO of the now-defunct BitInstant, spent almost a year and a half inside Lewsiburg Federal Prison Camp on a 24 month sentence. Although he expected to serve less than ... Read More »

Silk Road Moderator (SSBD) Gets Out Of Prison Receives Blue Card

Peter Phillip Nash, the former moderator of the Silk Road website, came out of jail after 18 months served. The man Charged with conspiring to traffic drugs and money laundering on the dark web, which carries a minimum of 10 years in prison for the, however, the court realized that Nash was only a minor player and not an “active” ... Read More »

Dark Net Vendor XanaxKing Writes from Prison, Details How he Got Busted

In 2014, we wrote about one of the largest deepweb Alprazolam vendors, XanaxKing, getting arrested and convicted of several drug-related charges.  A Reddit user, al_eberia, has been writing him throughout the past few weeks and has been able to get some updated information regarding his case. The letters that XanaxKing has been sending in reply to al_ebria have been posted ... Read More »

Silk Road 2’s “DoctorClu” Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

The prosecutors in Silk road 2’s second highest admin “DoctorClu” case, got their wish as Brian Farrell was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday. It was the exact amount of time the prosecutors had asked for. Farrell, who went by DoctorClu on the copycat site, Silk Road 2; was the second highest administrator on the site. The sentencing came ... Read More »

Prison Librarian Bought Gun On Dark Web

Dwain Osborne (26), a prison librarian at HMP Brixton, ordered a Glock 19 handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition to it from a dark web marketplace and he wanted the gun delivered to his home address in Penge, which Osborne also used as the center of his drug dealing operation. The dealer who was selling the gun to Osborne was ... Read More »

Liberty Reserve Founder Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Arthur Budovsky (42), the creator of Liberty Reserve, a virtual currency before Bitcoin got into the game, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. According to the US government, the whole project of Budovsky was a $6 billion money-laundering operation. For 7 years, starting in 2006, anyone could use Liberty Reserve’s website to transfer money with just little oversight. ... Read More »

Russia Proposes Prison Time For Bitcoin Activity

The Russian Ministry of Finance is preparing to add an amendment to the Criminal Code which will dish out severe punishment for those using bitcoin, according to an unknown source within the government communicating with Interfax. This version of the amendment is much harsher compared to the older version which sentenced the everyday bitcoin user to a year of “corrective ... Read More »

Montgomery Man Sentenced To Prison For Selling Weapons On Dark Net

Michael Albert Focia (48) of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced for 51 months of jail time for dealing with firearms without a license and two counts of selling guns to customers who were outside the State of Alabama, according to George L. Beck, Jr., United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. We have already written an article about Focia. ... Read More »

Hackers Carrying Out Largest Theft Of Customer Data In US. History Facing Prison

Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron, two hackers have been charged with arranging and executing massive cyber attacks against financial institutions, brokerage firms, financial news publishers in the United States. This includes the largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history, which is the U.S. Financial Sector Hacks. The two man were also charged with the manipulation ... Read More »