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Estonian State Prosecutor Vahur Verte Confiscates Bitcoins Earned As Criminal Income.

Vahur Verte, an Estonian prosecutor confiscated bitcoins earned through illegal undertakings which he referred to as “criminal income.” He said that criminals use this cryptocurrency to hide their criminal prints and activities and to make it difficult for law enforcers to trace them or find out their actions. An internal report warned that the anonymous bitcoin payment network is becoming ... Read More »

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Stuttgart Public Prosecutor Blames Darknet for Designer Drug Use

  In Stuttgart, Germany, the number of drug charges involving novel psychoactive substances (NPS) is on the rise. And, according to drug clinics in the area, the so called “legal highs” are also contributing to a growing number of fatal overdoses. The senior physician at a local drug addiction clinic spoke of a 23-year-old who had almost died while on ... Read More »

Five kilos of amphetamine was picked up at the post office in Åled outside Halmstad. A man is arrested for drug offenses.

Prosecutor Appeals The Judgment In Swedish Vendor Case

At the end of February, four men were standing trial at the Halmstad District Court in Sweden for running a vendor shop selling narcotics on the dark web. Later on, the same week, one of the suspects confessed his crimes. Now, almost a month after two of the defendants were sentenced and the other two accused persons were set free, ... Read More »

Chief Prosecutor Dr. Peter Frank: More powers in the monitoring of telecommunications demanded.

German Chief Prosecutor Seeks To Monitor Communications More Extensively

Chief Prosecutor Dr. Peter Frank demands more powers for authority to monitor telecommunications. If he succeeds with his plan, law enforcement will be able to decrypt encrypted messages, used by dark net criminals and terrorists, more efficiently. The federal prosecutor seeks to surveil telecommunications due to the terrorist attacks in 2016. According to him, the current legal situation led to ... Read More »

Dutch Public Prosecutor Fights Against Bitcoin Money Laundering

According to a survey conducted by the media outlet fd.nl, the Dutch Public Prosecutor (OM) is waging a war against criminal traders and exchanges of bitcoin. The Dutch OM is looking forward to at least three BTC money laundering criminal cases in 2017. Bitcoin trading has always been legal. The cryptocurrency had seen a 28 percent increase from 2015 to ... Read More »

Prosecutor Pushes for 14 Year Prison Sentence for Leader of the Swedish Darknet Group

Several weeks ago, we covered a massive drug bust in Sweden. Four individuals shipped drugs worth nearly $1,000,000 across the globe in what Swedish police call “the largest drug case ever.” On November 9, the court began hearing the case against each member of the group—the Court expected to listen to the charges until December 9. And, on December 9, ... Read More »

Pennsylvania State Prosecutor Pays $1,400 in Bitcoin as Ransom

The computer of a Allegheny County district attorney Stephen Zappala, a state prosecutor in Pennsylvania, was infected by a ransomware known as Avalanche. Zappala paid US$1,400 in bitcoin to decrypt his computer and gain access to his files. Avalanche is arguably the largest ransomware operation to date which was cracked down by the the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ... Read More »

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Prosecutor Says the Ricin Vender Is Convicted of Theft and Distribution, Possibly Extortion

In early 2016, the FBI notified Swedish police of a 27-year-old doctoral student selling ricin on the darknet. The suspect sat in custody until his hearing in August where he was released pending a psych evaluation. The psych evaluation proved the man had no preexisting condition and consequently the trial proceeded as planned. Later, on October 25, the prosecutor made ... Read More »