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Lisbon DMT Dealers Prepare for Upcoming Court Appearance

According to the District Attorney’s Office in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, two preventively arrested individuals sold massive amounts of psychedelic drugs on the darknet. Authorities are soon to try the traffickers in collective court. The suspects allegedly sold DMT, psilocin, psilocybin, LSD, and 2-CB to customers throughout Europe and the United States. During the arrest of the suspects, the ... Read More »

29.01.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

German Darknet Vendor Faces Seven Years in Prison A 43-year-old darknet dealer faced judges in Berlin for his alleged crimes as a darknet market vendor. And “not a small time one [vendor],” either. The courts admittedly knew very little about the man’s operation. They knew he started selling on Silk Road in 2012. They found as many as 5,600 orders ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Admits Fentanyl Distribution Resulting in Death

In early 2017, a Federal Grand Jury in South Carolina returned an indictment that accused Robert Bryan Mansfield, a 60-year-old Charleston man, of conspiracy possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute. According to court documents recently made public, authorities caught Mansfield during a Department of Homeland Security investigation into international drug trafficking. The arrest later involved officers from ... Read More »

Cryptocurrencies News Roundup 28.1.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments New developments: “Biggest theft in crypto history”: Coincheck hacked for over $500 million in NEM This week, popular Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hacked. Notably, the exchange lost over 500 million NEM tokens, then worth over $530 million, as hackers managed to penetrate its hot wallet, which had all stolen funds ... Read More »

DNM vendors, Have Your Say! V2

Have you sold drugs online? Are you interested in sharing your views about online drug trading, the darknet community, and what law enforcement and the media are saying about you? If yes, then we are interested in talking to you! We are a team of independent ​university researchers conducting anonymised ​interviews with people who sell, or have sold, drugs on ... Read More »

Munich Glock Vendor Faces Seven Years in Prison

The case of the darknet gun vendor who sold a Glock 17 to the Munich gunman simply refuses to die. In a series of events that came, initially as a surprise, the government has decided to pursue an even lengthier prison sentence for Philipp K., the gun vendor who admitted his role in providing David Sonboly the Glock that ended ... Read More »

FBI Director Believes Encryption is a Public Safety Issue

Some officials within America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been pushing for reigniting the Crypto Wars, and at a recent cybersecurity conference FBI Director Christopher Wray called encryption “a major public safety issue.” Law enforcement officials from various levels of government spoke at the International Conference on Cyber Security 2018, which was held earlier this month at Fordham University ... Read More »

German Cook Sentenced for Darknet Methamphetamine Orders

The Starnberg District Court heard how a 30-year-old cook purchased amphetamine and methamphetamine from vendors on the darknet. The prosecution charged him, initially, with purchasing 60 grams of the stimulants on the darknet, using the stimulants he had purchased, and selling some of the remaining drugs. He faced charges for ordering both drugs under fake names on at least seven ... Read More »

Italian Police Released 2017 Cybercrime Data

In a recent press release, Italy’s Polizia Postale shed some light on their operations and arrests in 2017. The Polizia Postale investigates communication crime, including cyber terrorism, hacking, child pornography, and general cybercrime. Last year, in particular, the police noticed an uptick in the use of the darknet in crimes involving child abuse or solicitation. They have sworn to adapt. ... Read More »

German Man Charged for Stolen PayPal Accounts in Fraud Scheme

In January, a 21-year-old man stood in front of judges at a juvenile court in Bad Segeberg, Germany. The prosecution accused the man of so-called “professional fraud” using the darknet, eBay, and stolen PayPal accounts. The type of fraud is not a new one, but it is one of the first times an individual has faced similar fraud charges in ... Read More »

Dream Vendor ‘playgroundROX’ Busted in Connecticut

According to U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John H. Durham, a 47-year-old man from Essex pleaded guilty to buying and selling significant quantities of several drugs on the darknet. Authorities from local police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration handled the case. And during the investigation, the law enforcement agencies seized several packages ... Read More »

German Dealer Filled at Least 5,600 Orders on the Darknet

After years of investigation and more than half a year in jail, a 43-year-old suspected darknet dealer and two of his co-defendants stood in front of a judge in a Berlin court on an early January morning. Witnesses in the courtroom said the suspects remained silent during the trial. The prosecution accused the trio of selling close to a million ... Read More »

U.S Prosecutors to Cash in On Seized Bitcoins

An amount of 513 bitcoin worth over $8 million is about to make its way into the market and this is according to the US attorney’s office. An amount of 513.1490393 bitcoin was seized by federal prosecutors as part of a drug case in Salt Lake City. The bitcoin when seized were worth nearly $500,000 at that time, that’s barely ... Read More »

The Cryptomarket Illicit Drug Supply Chain and the “Last Mile” Distribution Concept

The global drug market is estimated to account for approximately $321 billion per year. Conventionally, illicit drugs used to travel along complex and long supply chains. Nevertheless, the advent of novel darknet marketplaces has started to alter this landscape. Cryptomarkets, or darknet marketplaces, are pillared on anonymizing cryptography and virtual currencies, such as bitcoin, to facilitate illicit transactions between vendors ... Read More »

An Overview of Darknet Drug Purchasing Activity Among Australian Drug Users

The Silk Road was by far the first cryptomarket, or darknet marketplace, to gain international recognition in 2011 as an online trading platform facilitating illicit drug trafficking. Since then, the number of darknet marketplaces have greatly increased, and even though a wide range of illegal products are offered on these online marketplaces (stolen credit/debit cards, weapons and counterfeited legal documents ... Read More »