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German Clerk Bought Ecstasy Pills from the Dark Web for a Friend and Hid them in the Basement of His House

A 28-year-old German office worker from Pasing accused of purchasing drugs through the dark web has entered a conditional guilty plea. The office clerk allegedly ordered and stored the dark web sourced drugs for a friend with little computer know-how. The clerk was then paid after the friend sold the drugs. Authorities believe the clerk ordered thousands of ecstasy pills ... Read More »

NSA Allegedly Stops Using Section 215 Phone Metadata Mass Surveillance

On December 15th of this year, several sections, including Section 215, of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act) of 2015 are due to sunset. The NSA used Section 215 of the USA FREEDOM Act to justify its bulk collection of phone records, known as the Call Detail ... Read More »

Norwegian Kidnappers Demand Ransom of $10 Million in Monero

Kidnappers in Norway are holding a woman hostage as they seek a ransom of $9 million Euros, which is approximately $10 million US Dollars, worth of the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) in exchange for her release. The woman, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, is the wife of Tom Hagen, who is one of the wealthiest men in Norway. Mr. Hagen owns the ... Read More »

Signal to Introduce Metadata Encryption

Signal, a private and secure end-to-end encrypted messaging and calling platform, has recently announced that they are implementing a new feature that will finally provide encryption of some metadata content. This encrypted messaging platform has been designed from the beginning to require as little user data as possible. According to Open Whisper Systems, the organization which created and maintains Signal, ... Read More »

Alleged Fraudster Caught with Fake IDs and Stolen Credit Cards

According to recent documents filed in Multnomah County, Oregon, an expensive stay at a hotel in Portland followed by a declined credit card transaction led to a suspected fraudster’s arrest. Police arrested the suspect for using stolen credit cards, fake identification documents, and counterfeit currency he had purchased on the darknet. Steven Perini, a felon with a lengthy record of ... Read More »

Teenager Sentenced to Prison After Botched Gun Deal

A collaboration between Australian police and German authorities led to a three and a half year prison sentence for an 18-year-old from Hassfurt, Bavaria, Germany who had attempted to buy a MAC-11 on the darknet. After an August 2017 arrest, authorities searched the teenager’s house and found drugs, fake IDs, fake euro notes, and evidence that implicated the defendant in ... Read More »

Man Given a Suspended Sentence for Nine Darknet Purchases

A 24-year-old darknet drug trafficker managed to leave a Memmingen courtroom with only a suspended sentence. Some drug traffickers may barely leave the courtroom after buying less than five grams of a drug for personal use. But some people, like the 24-year-old IT specialist, dodged prison time after ordering kilograms of drugs. In fairness, the man had procured a deal ... Read More »

Twelve Kazakhstan Traffickers Raided by Special Forces

In the Kazakhstan cities of Almaty and Astana, the country’s National Security Committee (NSC) carried out a large-scale operation against organized crime syndicates that distributed drugs through the darknet. Not counting previously detained individuals with connections to the drug trafficking organizations, the investigation led to the arrest of 12 drug traffickers. According to the NSC, the investigation is ongoing and ... Read More »

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USPS Employee Took Bribes to Protect Shipments of Weed

In March of this year a drug dealer in Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to bribery of a USPS employee and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The USPS employee was a 27-year-old woman named Briana Fugate. On August 25, Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang announced the conviction and sentencing of the former USPS employee. U.S. District Judge Lawrence ... Read More »

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28.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Timeline: Feds Bust Massive Alphabay Vendor “HumboldtFarms” Federal agents took down one of the largest drug trafficking organizations on the darknet, HumboldtFarms. Homeland Security Investigations—alongside local police in California and the United States Postal Inspection Service—brought down six suspects closely connected to the Alphabay vendor HumboldtFarms. “HumboldtFarmsDTO” sold marijuana on some of the late marketplaces and eventually became one of ... Read More »

Weapon Arsenal Found In German’s House

Earlier this week, customs authorities searched a man’s home from Oberbergischen Kreis, Germany, and found extensive amounts of firearms and ammunition. Investigators said that the suspect ordered the weapons from the dark web. On May 30, investigators from the Customs Office in Frankfurt am Main issued a warrant on the home of a 38-year-old man. During the house search, law ... Read More »

Classification of Illegal Activities On the Tor Network

If we envision the internet as an ocean, the Surface Web represents no more than the superficial waves flowing on top. The deep web, on the other hand, represents information that is deeply sunken and cannot be accessed by conventional search engines. The Deep Web contains a number of Darknets, that cannot also be indexed by conventional search engines, and ... Read More »