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German Darknet Drug Dealer Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

A software engineer from Geldern, Germany, was sentenced to seven years in prison after he was found guilty of darknet drug trafficking. The 37-year-old man had told the court that he engaged in the illicit sale of drugs to help his cousin. In passing the sentence, the court determined that the man sold cannabis and its products through the darknet ... Read More »

Rancho Cordova Nurse Arrested for Plot to Sell Opioids over the Darknet

Federal agents have arrested a female nurse from Rancho Cordova, California, for selling prescription opioids on the dark web. Carrie Alaine Markis ran an online pharmacy, known as Farmacy41, where she sold over 20,000 opioid pills to people all over the country. According to evidence shared in court, Markis communicated with her customers online through private messages. She informed them ... Read More »

Tacoma Resident Imprisoned for Selling Drugs via the Darknet

A 31-year-old male from Tacoma, Washington, was recently arrested by authorities for trafficking drugs via the dark web, as stated by the U.S. Office of the Attorney. Travis Phillips was identified by the Dutch National Police as a drug trafficker in April 2017, following which further investigations were focused on him. Their efforts began when they discovered Phillips was planning ... Read More »

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Research: Business strategies adopted across darknet marketplaces

Over the past few years, many researchers have attempted to explore darknet marketplaces to analyze this novel form of illegal e-commerce. From an economic point of view, a darknet marketplace, or a crypto market, can be defined as a virtual tripartite market comprised of anonymous vendors, merchandise, and customers. In this context, a crypto market represents a good example of ... Read More »

3 Australian Men Arrested for Importing Drugs from the Darknet

Three Australian men are accused by law enforcement of being part of a drug syndicate that had imported drugs such as ketamine, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA into Australia from foreign vendors who operated on darknet markets. In May of last year, 34 year old Chaim Goldstein was the first of the three accused men to be arrested by law enforcement. ... Read More »

20 Year Old Woman Purchased Ecstasy Through the Darknet for Resale

A 20-year-old unemployed woman was arrested by the Judicial Police in the city of Pombal, Portugal, on suspicion of drug trafficking after she was found in possession of a large number of ecstasy pills. Since the decriminalization of personal drug use in Portugal in 2001, someone caught in possession of drugs whose quantity exceeds the average consumable amount by an ... Read More »

Arizona Woman Defrauded of $28,000 in Darknet Scam

A seventy-two-year-old woman from Arizona was deceived by a dark web scam through which she lost a total of $28,000 to criminals. The Tucson woman reports that she met the fraudsters on Facebook where they convinced her into paying them to remove her name from the dark web. The lady said that she was petrified when they informed her that ... Read More »

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Research: Exploring the generative mechanisms underlying darknet marketplaces

Darknet marketplaces are considered by some to be the ugly side of the internet that hosts illicit drugs, stolen documents, hacking tools, child pornography, weapons, and more. A recently published paper debates this belief for two main reasons. First, the darknet represents a digital infrastructure that is growing at a steady rate. Some describe the darknet as a weird mixture ... Read More »

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Research: Analyzing trading of hacking related products on darknet marketplaces

The size of the deep web is estimated to be five hundred times that of the surface web. The dark web comprises around 6% of the deep web and involves all forms of illegal activities including illicit drug trading, weapons trafficking, counterfeiting, and trading of malicious and hacking products. Dark web marketplaces, or crypto markets, represent unique forms of platforms ... Read More »

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Research: Using stochastic geometry to analyze network traffic and exclude heterogeneous (malicious) darknet traffic

Throughout the past few years, the explosive advancement of receivers and the rapid surge of data traffic have greatly impacted the current network architecture. According to data presented by the Cisco Complete VNI in 2017, the monthly internet traffic per receiver will rise to around 43 GB by the year 2021. As such, in order to attain optimum network management ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Operation Target Darknet Drug Dealers

New Zealand law enforcement has visited more than eighty properties around the country in a sting operation to flush out people who are using dark web hidden marketplaces to instigate illegal activities. The operation was motivated by the rising number of people using the darknet to purchase deadly drugs, which are sometimes causing overdoses and untimely deaths. According to police ... Read More »

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Research: Addressing the growth of darknet drug trading in the US

The use and popularity of the black darknet drug market in the US have been increasing in the past few years. The anonymity offered by darknet marketplaces enables users to steer clear of law enforcement. Current policy is centered on the identification of administrators of darknet marketplaces and the immediate shutdown of their platforms. Even though this policy has led ... Read More »

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The social order of darknet drug marketplaces

Advanced networking technologies have greatly fueled the growth of online digital markets. To facilitate the trading of illicit drugs, darknet marketplaces, or crypto markets, leverage encryption and anonymization technologies to hide the identity and geographical location of those engaging in drug transactions. A recently published research paper utilizes economic sociology as a basic framework to formulate a better understanding of ... Read More »