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Final Defendants in Cannabinoid Ring Sentenced to 4.5 Years

In early June, we wrote about the sentencing of several members of a US-based cannabinoid trafficking ring. At the time of the update, nearly all the defendants named in the indictment had been sentenced. The leaders of the organization were still waiting for their sentencing court dates. Not long after the latest update, both of the main owners of the ... Read More »

Chemical Love Leader Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

In April 2016, German law enforcement raided a cellar in Rülzheim and several locations in Baden-Württemberg. The media caught on and asked questions. Investigators then reported that the arrests pertained to a group behind “Germany’s biggest illegal web shop for narcotics.” Now the entire group in the Chemical Love case received sentences, save for one. Chemical Love was, as prosecutors ... Read More »

Napoli Group Shipper Gets More Than Six Years in Prison

Towards the end of May, Judge Antonio Fiorentino of Torre Annunziata Court sentenced a shipper of the Napoli Group to six years and eight months in prison. The convicted counterfeiter, a 34-year-old named Mario Martinelli, found himself in a “thrilling police chase” last year. Once caught, authorities found 136,000 in fake euros. The Napoli Group, for those that missed the ... Read More »

Five Years in Prison for Cannabinoid Analogue Supplier

C. Aliens Five Years in Prison for Cannabinoid Analogue Supplier In 2014, the DoJ indicted the owners of an Olathe-based business that distributed $16 million in synthetic cannabinoids in two years. The indictment named several top-level co-defendants who either produced the drugs or bought the drugs in wholesale volume. One of those co-defendants, Michelle Reulet of Montgomery, Texas, recently received ... Read More »

One PlayPen Member May Only Serve Four Years

One of the men caught in the FBI’s notorious “Operation Pacifier,” U.S. Army Sgt. David Tippens, fought the charges filed against him with more intensity than most. Documents released in his case revealed the “outrageous” behavior of the FBI. Tippens, defended by the public defender who got one PlayPen member acquitted, appeared to be headed in the same direction. However, ... Read More »

Attempted Grenade Buyer Gets 10 Years in Prison

After an investigation by the NCA and Organised Crime Partnership, authorities arrested a suspect for an attempted grenade purchase. The suspect, a 22-year-old man, pleaded guilty to an attempted grenade purchase. He paid a darknet vendor for a fully functioning grenade, the OCP said. A judge recently sentenced the 22-year-old Luis McMullan to 10 years in prison for his crimes. ... Read More »

Dark Web Pedo Sentenced 13 Years in Prison

Roy Harvender Jr. from New Castle County, Delaware, a 59-year-old member of Website 19, a dark web child pornography darknet marketplace which fully operated from 2012 to 2014, was arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Harvender, who is better known in the dark web as ricenbeans, actively engaged in the distribution and acquisition of child pornography on the ... Read More »

Intel chips from last 7 years can be hacked remotely

Before we dwell into this vulnerability, allow me to set the table. Once upon a time, Intel decided to add some hardware to their chips to allow admins to remotely control their servers. So today, Intel chips for server solutions contain “Management Engine” (ME) – a microcontroller inside of a processor. ME works independently to the operating system and it ... Read More »

Three Men Sentenced For 15 Years, Obtained Cache of Guns From Dark Web

Three men pleaded guilty to the possession of a massive storage of ammunition, firearms and paraphernalia on November 2, 2016. This week, brothers Abdullah Ali and Adam Ali, and 21-year-old Roman Nikolajevs were sentenced to 15 years in prison for the illegal possession of firearms and illicit activities on the dark web.   In early 2015, the Ali brothers initially ... Read More »

ISIS Cyber Criminal Sentenced 8 Years in UK For Spreading Propaganda on Dark Web

Samata Ullah, a resident of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, was arrested in early 2016 for the possession and distribution of ISIS propaganda material. Local police discovered various hidden storage of ISIS propaganda material in devices including his USB sticks disguised as cufflinks. During a raid of his home located in Cardiff, local police found an additional eight terabytes of ... Read More »

Playpen Creator & Lead Administrator Found Guilty, 30 Years in US Prison

On May 1, Steven Chase, a 58-year-old creator and lead administrator of Playpen, was officially sentenced to 30 years in prison by US District Judge Richard Voorhees of the Western District of North Carolina. Chase was also required to forfeit his residence in Naples and accept a lifetime term of supervised release. Playpen is a sophisticated dark web marketplace and ... Read More »

Police Studied IDC Financial Crime for Years

On April 28, Italian news outlets published a breaking story that spread rapidly. Authorities in Lecco, Italy, announced a pivotal moment in an undercover operation into an entire dark web forum. The forum, Italian Darknet Community (IDC), functioned as both a forum and marketplace—and given that it appeared on many darknet marketplace lists, many knew IDC as only a darknet ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Faces “Many Years” for 3,700 Sales

In July 2016, a postal office in lower Franconia intercepted a package of suspected narcotics. They forwarded the information and package to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). Then, over a significant period of time and “with great effort,” the BKA made serious headway in the investigation. They traced the package to a house wherein they found 600 grams of ... Read More »