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Third Co-Admin of the Child Pornography Site “PlayPen” Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Michael Fluckiger, known as “Administrator 2” in the administration of the child pornography site PlayPen, pleaded guilty to his crimes in December 2015. In early January, a judge sentenced the man to 20 years in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise. The Indiana man, after being arrested in April 2015, pleaded not guilty to sexual exploitation and other ... Read More »

Ex-UKIP Member Faces Upto 20 Years in Prison For Wire Fraud

In August of 2016, DeepDotWeb reported the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the European Parliament member Nigel Farage’s aide’s arrest in the midst of boarding a flight to Britain. During that time, former UKIP aide George Cottrell was charged with 21 offences, including money laundering and blackmail. This week, Cottrell plead guilty to wire fraud, settling an agreement with the ... Read More »

Sweden’s Largest Darknet Vendors Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

In the middle of November, the Skaraborg District Court charged four individuals for drug trafficking. Sofia Karlsson, the lead prosecutor, then explained the 6,000-page indictment over several weeks. After she finished reading the charges, she urged the court to sentence the group’s leaders to 14-years in prison. Karlsson provided the court, and judge, enough evidence to agree upon a guilty ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Transporting 991 Grams of Cocaine in a Printer

U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg, on December 22, convicted a four-time drug trafficker to 204 months in prison. Angel Catalino Ivostraza-Torres, a 53-year-old from North Philidelphia, received one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine—first-degree distribution. In total, according to court documents, Ivostraza-Torres possessed 991 grams of cocaine. Investigators, based on evidence built against Ivostraza-Torres, ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Fought the FBI’s Illegal Warrant and Still Got 7 Years for Child Pornography

On March 26, 2016, Dennis Patrick Meehan Hughes pleaded guilty to several child pornography charges. He was a pediatric oncologist prior to the FBI’s Operation Pacifier that decimated PlayPen, a darknet CP website. Several months after hearing the former oncologist’s guilty plea, U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. sentenced Hughes to spend seven years in a federal institution. The ... 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 »

Feds Give Security Researchers Two Years to Hack Almost Anything

The U.S. Copyright Office recently removed restrictions that hindered IoT security researchers. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) restrictions prevented researchers from reverse engineering copyrighted software. The same was true for cars, voting machines, “IoT” devices, and similar devices. Government opinions on the topic were scattered across the playing field. But the Army recently allowed hackers to hack the Pentagon and ... 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 »

German Arms Vendor Dosensuppe Sentenced to Five and a half Years

32-year-old Christian L, or Dosensuppe as he was known on darknet, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for selling firearms illegally using dark net markets. The judge presiding over the case said that he had sold enough weapons to equip a small army. The judge also pointed out that the man responsible for the Munich shooting ... 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 »

German Police Arrests User Who Bought Weed On Silk Road Years Ago

An unnamed German user of the former Silk Road Marketplace and Outlaw Marketplace had been fined over €3,000 for ordering cannabis 17 times from dark net marketplaces. According to independent researcher Gwern Branwen, who the buyer just contacted, the customer’s 17 purchases varied from 1.5 and 7.4 grams of cannabis and the time frame when the purchases took place was ... Read More »

Mobile Messenger Creator and Millionaire Sentenced to 17 Years

Shaun Collopy established an online drug selling business, which used the untraceable online currency of Bitcoins. Shaun Collopy was sentenced to 17 years for his online drug-dealing operation on Dark Net. Shaun Michael Collopy plead guilty to 30 drug trafficking charges after establishing his online drug venture was shut down in late 2013. Collopy and his partner, Gary Cooley set ... Read More »

Bitcoin Ransoming Romney Hacker Sentenced to 25 Years

37 year old Michael Mancil Brown was asking for $1,000,000,000 in Bitcoin in exchange for Mitt Romney’s tax records. He has been guilty of extortion and fraud. In August of 2012 Michael Brown wrote a letter to one of Romney’s accountants,PwC, telling them that he had hacked the company servers and stole Romney and his wife Anne’s tax records and ... 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 »