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Dealer Sentenced for Importing Drugs and Counterfeits to Sell

At the Criminal Court of Ajaccio, a 39-year-old man from Madeira, Portugal, received a 16 month prison sentence for trafficking narcotics and counterfeit notes on the darknet, one local news outlet reported. Only days prior to the sentencing, the French national judicial police arrested Antonio de Faria, the defendant, as he got off a boat in Porto-Vecchio. He lived on ... Read More »

Texas Meth Trafficker Sentenced to 96 Months in Prison

According to Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning, a 42-year-old Texas man received a 96 month prison sentence for selling methamphetamine and GHB through various online shops. United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Patrick Brian Mobley, one of the conspirators in a much larger drug trafficking conspiracy. Mobley disguised his drug sales ... Read More »

Courtroom Confused by a Suspect’s Bitcoin Laundering Methods

In late January 2018, a 26-year-old from Pfaffenhofen, Bavaria, faced a judge at the Neuburg District Court for drug trafficking and drug distribution in no small amount. The Neuburg prosecutor accused the man of using the darknet to buy and sell hash and marijuana. According to the prosecutor, the defendant committed two types of drug distribution crimes; he sold hash ... Read More »

UK Fentanyl Vendor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

Last year, 25-year-old Kyle Enos pleaded guilty to the distribution of fentanyl and similar fentanyl trafficking trafficking or possessing charges. Months later, in early February 2018, Cardiff Crown Court Judge Eleri Rees sentenced the Newport man to eight years in prison. The judge took into account evidence presented by the Crown Prosecution Service that proved Enos continued to sell fentanyl ... Read More »

Cryptocurrency news roundup, February 11, 2018

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments New developments: Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase reveals 4 banks are blocking credit card purchases According to popular cryptocurrency exchange and wallet platform Coinbase, four US banks are currently preventing cryptocurrency purchases with credit cards. Per a tweet the company sent out, users from Capital One, Bank of America, Citi and JP Morgan ... Read More »

Man Arrested for Buying Counterfeit Euros in 2015

After he had arrived at an airport in Madrid, local law enforcement arrested a 29-year-old from Switzerland on an international arrest warrant. He had no idea why Madrid authorities had arrested him, he told the courtroom at the district court in Lörrach, Germany. After two beatings, he said, he understood that a 2015 purchase of counterfeit euros from a darknet ... Read More »

German Man Downloaded 7000 Child Abuse Pictures

A District Court in Meschede heard the case of a 60-year-old man who “had one of the most shocking videos circulating the darknet.” The man, unsurprisingly, received a prison sentence of three years and three months for buying and having possession of child abuse material. Primarily the video. However, the 60-year-old also had more than 7,000 child abuse pictures and ... Read More »

DOJ Introduces Dark Web Team to Fight Illegal Drug Trade

With the rate of dark web usage increasing every now and then, there is serious concern about a strong and concrete plan or solution to put a stop to it. Well, many have tried to do that over the years, with various firms teaming up to fight this dark web battle but to no avail. The numbers still keep racking ... Read More »

AlphaBay Fentanyl Analog Vendor EtiKing Found Guilty

Jeremy P. Achey, a 43 year old man from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of controlled substance analogues. Achey was the last person to run the AlphaBay vendor account known as EtiKing. The AlphaBay vendor account EtiKing, along with a large amount of ... Read More »

Former Silk Road Vendor Sentenced to Six Years in Berlin

According to the spokesperson for the Berlin criminal court system, the Berlin district court sentenced a darknet drug trafficker and two accomplices to six years in prison, three years in prison, and a suspended sentence. The primary suspect, a 43-year-old Japanese man living in Berlin named Ryo Y., had been selling drugs on the darknet as early as November 2012. ... Read More »

Suspended Sentence for Counterfeit Buyer

A 35-year-old from Sigmaringer, Germany ordered counterfeit 20-euro notes on the darknet and used the notes in local shops and stores. The court sentenced him to one year and three months on a suspended sentence. The man admitted that he had purchased and spent the counterfeits more than one year ago. Police in Sigmaringer learned of the counterfeit notes after ... Read More »

PlayPen Member with 5,500 Downloads Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On January 18, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced a member of the darknet child abuse forum known as PlayPen to six years in prison. The defendant, a 42-year-old Jacksonville man named Jason Barnes, was found guilty following a September bench trial. During Operation Pacifier, FBI agents identified Barnes after he accessed PlayPen on February 28 and March ... Read More »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Florida revealed the sentencing of another member of a darknet child abuse forum. This sentencing occurred only days after another Florida man pleaded guilty to downloading and viewing videos depicting various forms of child abuse during the same week in 2015 when the FBI had taken control ... Read More »

Personal Data Protection in Russia

On July 1, 2017 new amendments on personal data came into legal effect in Russian legislation. They dictate new rules on processing and storage personal data, and impose additional requirements on service providers. At the present moment Russian IT infrastructure migrates to cloud storages. As is in European countries this tendency is enforced by legislation, specifically Federal Law 152 “Personal ... Read More »